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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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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