Welcome Information

Dear all,

It’s less than a week to go before the 3rd Media Legal Defence Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Everything is in place for a fantastic and fruitful gathering and we are looking forward to finally meeting all of you.

Please take note of the following housekeeping matters, arrangements and contingencies leading up to your arrival in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 25 July 2011 and Tuesday 26 July 2011. We trust you have booked your return economy class airfare ticket (save for those booked by the organizers) but if you have not, please do so immediately.

(1)   Arrival at KLIA or KL-LCCT

All of you would arrive at either the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or if you are flying budget airlines, you would arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal (KL-LCCT). Both KLIA and KL-LCCT are located next to each other.

(2)   The Hotel  

You will all be staying at Le Meridien KL Sentral. Each room comes with breakfast. Internet and Wi-Fi is not available in the rooms but can be purchased at a special rate of USD8 per day. However, free WiFi is available at the common areas and lobby of the hotel.

The hotel is just minutes away from the famed sites of the Kuala Lumpur – including the MidValley Megamall + The Gardens Shopping Center, Suria KLCC at the Petronas Twin Towers, Central Market.

The KL Monorail links you to bustling Bukit Bintang where Starhill, Lot 10, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square and KL Plaza which recently opened as Farenheit 88, reside.

The lush greenery of the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens and the winding pathways of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park are just minutes away.

For further details please visit: http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com/

(3)   Arrival at airport:

(i)            If you are travelling in a group:

We will arrange a pick-up van to transport you from the airport to Le Meridien, KL Sentral.

Important: Kindly let us have your flight details and the airport that you are arriving

(ii)           If you are travelling individually:

We recommend that you take an airport taxi from the airport from either KLIA to KL-LCCT. The approximate taxi fare is between USD25-USD30. Kindly keep your receipt and we will reimburse you for the taxi fare incurred. Journey time by taxi is approximately 70 minutes.

Alternatively, you can choose to take the Express Rail Link (ERL) to KL Sentral. It’s a 28 minute journey and you can walk to the hotel from KL Sentral. A one way ticket costs approximately USD12. However, do take note that the (ERL) is only applicable if you arrive at KLIA. If you arrive at KL-LCCT, we recommend that you take a taxi.

(4)   Upon arrival at Le Meridien, KL Sentral

We will arrange for our staff to meet you at the hotel. Please look out for the sign that reads  ”3rd Media Legal Defence Conference 2011” . The hotel staff and the organizing committee will assist you in checking in and provide you with conference information that you have.

(5)   Money Changer/Exchange

Money exchange will be available at the airport upon arrival. As there will be NO FORMAL PROGRAM OTHER THAN REGISTRATION ON July 26, it is recommended you exchange approximately Malaysian Ringgit 50-75 (USD20-25) to cover your own lunch/dinner/incidental expenses on the first night. The program starts on the morning of July 27th and the formal welcome dinner will be on the evening of this same day.)

Lunch and tea breaks will also be provided.There are no official dinners on the 28th and 29th. However, the Organizers will provide you with a stipend to cover the costs of your dinners for the 28th and 29th.

(6)   Receipts and Reimbursement of Air Fare/Taxifare etc

Please also bring copies (preferably originals) of all travel receipts you have so far supplied us over fax/email, in case they are further needed for reimbursement.

We urge you to provide a copy of your airfare to us in advance so as to facilitate the reimbursements as quickly as possible. Kindly email copies of your Air Fare to us as follows to Usha Devi (usha.sabanayagam@gmail.com) or fax to us at (+603 2095 6505).  You will be reimbursed in cash and in USD.

 (7)   Registration

The registration for the Conference will be from (1200-2000) on July 26th at Le Meridien KL Sentral. Otherwise, registration will also take place between 0800-0900 at University Malaya. You will be provided information about Kuala Lumpur, a map and your resource materials you will need for the Conference.

(8)   Laptops and Wi-fi

Feel free to bring your laptops to the Conference as there is WI-FI internet access at University Malaya.

(9)   The Conference Program and Transport to University Malaya

Please see the attached PDF document for the latest version of the conference program. We have also arranged for buses to transport all of you to University Malaya and the other venues.

(10)     Emergency contacts in Kuala Lumpur

Should you have any problems, kindly contact the following people

H R Dipendra +6013 366 1222+603 2095 6505 (office) dipendra3000@gmail.com
Usha Devi +6012 3707787  usha.sabanayagam@gmail.com
Noor Arianti +6019  2289 707 noorarianti@gmail.com

Once again, thank you for accepting our invitation. We look forward to finally meeting you all in Kuala Lumpur!

Regards,
Dipendra
Mobile: +6013 366 1222

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Conference Programme

 

 

TIME

VENUE

TOPIC/EVENT

SPEAKERS/FACILITATORS

Tuesday, 26.7.2011

1000- 2000

Le Meridien Hotel

KL Sentral

Check-in and Registration

Organising Committee

Wednesday, 27.7.2011

0800-0900

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Registration

Organising Committee

0900-0930

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Opening Remarks

(1)   H R Dipendra – Executive Director Media Defence-Southeast Asia

(2)   Professor Dr. Johan Shamsuddin Bin Hj Sabaruddin – Dean of the Law Faculty, University Malaya

(3)   Clauspeter Hill – Director of the Rule of Law Program, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

09300-1000

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Opening Address

(1)   Christopher Leong, Vice President of the Malaysian Bar

(2)   Professor Ying Yuen Chan, Director and Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University

1000-1030

Foyer and Lounge Area

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Break

Organising Committee

1030-1145

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 1

The Bigger Picture

Freedom of Expression challenges in Southeast Asia – Trends and expectations of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and Laos 

Moderator: Peter Noorlander (Media Legal Defence Initiative)

Cluster A: Malaysia (H R Dipendra), Singapore (Alfred Dodwell), Thailand (Sinfah Tunsarawuth), Indonesia (Asep Komarudin)  and the Philippines (Harry Roque)

Cluster B: Cambodia (Virak Ou), Vietnam (Hoi Trinh), Burma (Khun Ring Phan), Laos (Manichanh Philaphanh)

1145-1245

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 2

Understanding New Media Trends

 

Moderator: Associate Professor Zalina Halim (University Malaya)

Speaker 1 – Dr Lokman Tsui, Policy Advisor, Google (Hong Kong)

Speaker 2 – Premesh Chandran, Managing Director, Malaysiakini (Malaysia)

Speaker 3 – Associate Professor Cherian George (Singapore)

1245-1400

Foyer, Law Faculty University Malaya

Lunch

 

Organising Committee

1400-1530

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 3

Effective communication between Lawyers, Media Activists and Journalists

Challenges faced in the protection of journalists (Best Defence Strategies) 

Moderator: Sinfah Tunsarawuth (Thailand) 

Speaker 1:  Joel Butuyan (Roque & Butuyan, Philippines)

Speaker 2:  Jennifer Robinson (Solicitor, Finers Stephens Innocent, United Kingdom)

Speaker 3: K Shanmuga (Kanesalingam & Co, Malaysia)

1530-1600

Foyer and Lounge Area

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Break

Organising Committee

1600-1630

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Group Photography Session

Organising Committee

1630-1800

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 4

Whistle blowing: balancing the right to know and national security   

Moderator – HR Dipendra (Partner, Arianti Dipendra Jeremiah, Malaysia)

Speaker 1 –   Peter Noorlander (Media Legal Defence  Initiative (MLDI), United Kingdom)

Speaker 2 –   Jennifer Robinson (Solicitor, Finers Stephens Innocent, United Kingdom)

Speaker 3 -   Azhar Azizan Harun (Partner, Cheang & Ariff, Malaysia)

1830-2130

Poolside, Le Meridien Hotel

KL Sentral

Welcome Dinner

Dinner Speakers-

Speaker 1: Harry Roque (Roque & Butuyan, Philippines)

Speaker 2- Bambang Harymurti (Editor-in-chief of Tempo Indonesia)

Thursday, 28.7.2011

0900-0930

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Keynote Address

Mark Stephens CBE (Partner, Finers Stephen Innocent, United Kingdom)

0930-1045

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 5

The Internet and Online Expression 

(1)           redefining the creation of news and information;

(2)           legal issues facing online expression; and

(3)           Tackling online expression, intermediary liability and security

Moderator – Professor Ying Yuen Chan, Director and Professor of Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University

Speaker 1 – Dave Heller (Media Law Resource Center, New York)

Speaker 2 – Hoi Trinh (VOICE, Vietnam)

Speaker 3 – Assistant Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota (Thailand)

Speaker 4  – Ann Lavin (Policy Advisor, Google)

Speaker 5 – Ellen Tordesillas (Vera Files, Philippines)

1045-1115

Foyer and Lounge Area

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Break

Organising Committee

1115-1245

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 6

Contempt of Court as a means of silencing free expression

Moderator: Virak Ou (Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, Cambodia)

Speaker 1: Assistant Professor Jack Lee (SMU Law Faculty, Spore)

Speaker 2:  S H Hendrayana (Director LBH Pers, Indonesia)

Speaker 3:  Ang Hean Leng (Senior Associate, Thomas Philip Malaysia)

Speaker 4: Marites Vitug (Newsbreak, Philippines)

1245-1400

Foyer, Law Faculty University Malaya

LUNCH

Organising Committee

1400-1530

Seminar Rooms, Law Faculty, University Malaya

Session 7

Breakout Sessions 7 (A)

 

Identifying laws and model regulations that would encourage Freedom of Expression on the Internet

Discussion Leaders:

  1. Stewart Chisholm (Senior Program Manager, OSF, United Kingdom)
  2. Dave Heller (Media Law Resource Center, New York)
  3.  Doreen Weisenhaus (Associate Professor University of Hong Kong)
Session 7 (B) 

 

International Remedies/ Mechanisms  

Discussion Leaders:

  1. Harry Roque (Roque & Butuyan, Philippines)
  2. Romel Bagares (Roque & Butuyan, Philippines)
  3. Mark Stephens CBE (Partner, Finers Stephen Innocent, United Kingdom
Session 7 (C)

 

Constitutional challenges in media defence litigation

Discussion Leaders:

  1. Tudong Mulya Lubis (Senior Partner of Lubis Santosa & Maulana, Indonesia)
  2. Edmund Bon (Senior Associate, Chooi & Co and co-founder of LoyarBurok, Malaysia)
  3. Jennifer Robinson (Solicitor, Finers Stephens Innocent, United Kingdom)

1530-1600

Foyer and Lounge Area

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Break

Organising Committee

1600-1630

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Reports from Sessions 7 (a),  7(b) and 7(c) Chaired by

Mark Stephens CBE (Partner, Finers Stephen Innocent, United Kingdom and Discussion Leaders

1630-1800

Session 8

The usefulness of Trial Observations and Amicus Briefs 

Moderator – Megi Margiyono (Aliran Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Indonesia)

Speaker 1 – Tudong Mulya Lubis (Senior Partner of Lubis Santosa & Maulana, Indonesia)

Speaker 2 – Alfred Dodwell (Partner, Dodwell & Co. Singapore)

Speaker 3 – Chiranuch Premchaiporn (Web Editor, Prachatai- Thailand)

1800-2000

DINNER

Free & Easy

Friday, 29.7.2011

0900-1000

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 9

Freedom of Expression or Freedom to Pry   

DEBATE :

“Should Public Figures Give up Part of Their Private Lives”

Moderator: Mark Stephens

TEAM “A”  (Supporting the Motion)

[George Hwang (Singapore/Harry Roque (Philippines)]

v

TEAM “B” (Opposing the Motion)

[Jennifer Robinson (United Kingdom/Malik Imtiaz (Malaysia)]

1000-1100

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 10

Effective campaigning as a form of Media Defence

Moderator: Masjaliza Hamzah (Executive Director, Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia)

Speaker 1: Edmund Bon (Senior Associate, Chooi & Co and co-founder of LoyarBurok, Malaysia)

Speaker 2: Miwa Kubosaki (Freedom House)

1100-1130

Foyer and Lounge Area

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Break

Organising Committee

1130-1245

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Session 11

New Horizons – Media Defence Strategies for Southeast Asia. What’s next? 

 

Moderator: H R Dipendra (Malaysia)

Singapore – Alfred Dodwell

Thailand – Sinfah Tunsarawuth

Indonesia – Asep Komarudin

Philippines – Harry Roque

Cambodia – Virak Ou

Vietnam – Hoi Trinh

Burma- Khun Ring Phan

Laos – Manichanh Philaphanh

1245-1300

Auditorium Tun Mohd Suffian, University Malaya

Concluding Remarks

Conference Hosts

1300-1500

The Apartment, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

FAREWELL LUNCH

Organising Committee

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Suggested Background Reading

General reading on media freedom in the region

-          SEAPA: Caught in the Crossfire: Southeast Asia’s Press Freedom Challenges for 2011: http://www.seapabkk.org/about-us/report.html

 Challenges for online freedom

-          2011 report by UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf

 National security, freedom of expression and access to information

-          The Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, 1996: http://www.article19.org/data/files/pdfs/standards/joburgprinciples.pdf

-          Legal Protections and Barriers on the Right to Information, State Secrets and Protection of Sources in OSCE Participating States, 2007: https://www.privacyinternational.org/foi/OSCE-access-analysis.pdf

-          Compilation of good practices on legal and institutional frameworks for intelligence services and their oversight, 2010: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/14session/A.HRC.14.46.pdf

 Contempt of court and freedom of expression:

-          Background Paper on Freedom of Expression and Contempt of Court, 2000: http://www.article19.org/data/files/pdfs/publications/foe-and-contempt-of-court.pdf

 Defamation and freedom of expression – the ‘responsible journalism’ defence at common law:

-          Heather Rogers QC briefing on ‘responsible journalism’ defence: http://inforrm.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/defamation-update-part-3-%E2%80%93-heather-rogers-qc/

-          Heather Rogers QC: briefing on defences generally: http://inforrm.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/defamation-update-part-2-%E2%80%93-heather-rogers-qc/

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Introducing the Media Defence South East Asia!

Formerly known as South East Asia Media Legal Defence Initiative (SEAMLDI), we are a regional non-governmental organization that comprises of lawyers, journalists and media activists that has a focus on the defence of the media and the promotion of freedom of expression within the Southeast Asia region. We aim to provide legal assistance to journalists and news media organizations, support training in media law and promote the exchange of information, litigation tools and strategies for lawyers working on media freedom cases.

The idea of a network of lawyers, journalists and media activists under one common umbrella was first mooted at a conference in Hong Kong in May 2007. Since then, the shape and personality of the Network has grown tremendously with various additions of lawyers, journalists and media activists from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Timor Leste and Hong Kong. Support from various generous organisations have made it possible for trainings, court observations and funding of important legal cases to various parties in the past two years.

The setting up of MD-SEA could not have come at a better time. In recent times alone, we have seen extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, the usage of archaic and punitive laws to stifle the freedom of expression, discussions of religious and ethnic matters and exposure of corruption and the lack of accountability in Malaysia and Singapore, the silencing of journalists in matters relating to the monarchy in Thailand and the jailing of lawyers in Vietnam. This has resulted in a clarion call for the setting up of the MD-SEA as a collaborative and united network against any form of oppression and tyranny.

The fact also remains that the playing ground is often unfair and imbalanced insofar as media reporting in Southeast Asia is concerned. Alternative media has often found itself against unnecessary heavy handed government interference resulting in the citizens of Southeast Asia have limited and unequal access to alternative views, discourse and information.
The availability of media legal defense is critical in ensuring that not only freedom of expression is protected by the very basic principles of democracy

MD-SEA is committed in providing support in its defence of the media and freedom of expression. he support provided is determined by the specific circumstances of each case or project and may include among others:

a) Paying legal fees

b) Helping to access free legal advice

c) Taking on cases in international tribunals and supervisory bodies

d) Supporting the independent observation of court proceedings

e) Supporting strategic litigation

f) Providing opportunities for training in media law and litigation

g) Supporting the exchange of information and experience among media lawyers

For further information please contact:

Mr H R Dipendra
Executive Director
MD-SEA
c/o 48-2 , Jalan Medan Setia 2
Plaza Damansara
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur

Email: dipendra3000@gmail.com
Phone: 6013 366 1222
Fax: 603 2095 7505

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