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Will independent media survive in Southeast Asia?

Will independent media survive in Southeast Asia?

Award-winning documentary “A Thousand Cuts” will be screened for the first time in Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia and Malaysia) outside of the Philippines. This documentary goes inside the escalating war between the Philippine government and the press as it follows Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

The film will be only be available in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines from October 6-9. As part of the joint screening, a regional forum, “Press in Distress: Will independent media survive in Southeast Asia?,” will also take place on October 8, 4 pm Manila time. The forum will be accessible globally to anyone who registers.

This event will feature Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, together with other media owners and champions of independent media and press freedom in Southeast Asia: Arif Zulkifli, CEO of Tempo (Indonesia) and Steven Gan, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Malaysiakini (Malaysia). They will be discussing the nature of threats faced by Southeast Asian journalists and what this means for democracy in their respective countries.

This event is organized by the Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Freedom Film Network, Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm), Active Vista and DAKILA.

Interested participants can register here.

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