JAKARTA (DW Akademie/Pacific Media Watch): Experts from Southeast Asian nations have identified key challenges facing media in their region. They propose three concrete areas of action for civil society, governments and the media.
The expert 19 member group included researchers, media professionals and human rights defenders forming the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Representatives from Timor Leste and Mongolia were also present.
DW Akademie, an organisation that supports the development of international media, reported the experts agreed on a three-step action plan called the "Jakarta Conclusions" which is aimed to enhance the situation for media in Southeast Asia.
The plan will require the collective efforts of civil society, media organisations and governments.
Jakarta Conclusions Action Plan:
- 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
According to the report Southeast Asian media environments are among the most restricted in the world. With the exception of Timor Leste, Southeast Asian countries all rank in the bottom third of Reporter Without Borders 2016 World Press Freedom Index, with Vietnam and Laos the worst offenders ranking 173 and 175 respectively out of 180.
See Asia Pacific Report for the full action plan.
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