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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About MDSea

Introducing the Media Defense 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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