Case Study: Media in Asia Forum

Beasley Intercultural facilitated a forum in Jakarta on ‘Freedom of Expression’ in Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. The forum was a joint collaboration between Beasley Intercultural, ABC, BBC, PPMN (Indonesian Association for Media Development), Ford Foundation and the Australian Government.

The forum brought together media, journalists and bloggers from across the Southeast Asian region. Beasley Intercultural facilitated workshop discussions on topics including the tension between the freedom of expression and freedom of religion and cultural change.

The event coincided with the launch of the podcast/radio series ‘What Can I Say?’ on BBC and ABC, which provides insights into the contemporary media environment in Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

A keynote presentation was provided by Mr Bambang Harymurti, CEO and Publisher of the Tempo magazine in Indonesia who reminded the audience of the importance of exploring alternate perspectives free of judgement.

Other speakers included:

  • Mick Bunworth, Executive Producer Al Jazeera English Asia-Pacific
  • Nezar Patria, Chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Indonesia
  • AlexAu Waipang, political blogger from Singapore
  • Supinya Klangnarong, political blogger from Thailand.

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