Improving the Media Environment in Southeast Asia
Conclusions from a regional expert consultation at the 2016 Jakarta World Forum
A GROUP of 17 media experts from 9 ASEAN-countries gathered in a side-event at the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development (WFMD) on September 21 and 22 to discuss key challenges facing media in Southeast Asia. This group included researchers, media professionals and human rights defenders. They came from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam.
As a result of the regional consultations the experts agreed on an action plan outlined in the three-point “Jakarta Conclusions” that will require collective efforts by civil society, media organizations, and governments:
- Take steps to develop a special regional mechanism to improve the media environment based on existing international and regional models.
- Create a process to engage the large global Internet intermediaries to address issues of access, accountability, sustainability, and the impact these companies have on media and society.
- Promote programs to expand media and information literacy at sufficient scale to have impact at the societal level.