in Asian Cyberspace

Session 2: Shaking up Asian cyberspace

STEVEN Gan, founder and editor of, commenced the second session by sharing the Malaysiakini experience in circumventing traditional restrictions on print and broadcasting media. His presentation can be viewed here.

Chi Dang of the Free Journalists Association, talked about how the online media are enabling Vietnamese inside and outside the country to reach out to each other to keep their democratic aspirations in sync. Download her presentation here.

Thai online journalist Piyapong Phonpai spoke about the use of the Internet — blogging, podcasting, and online radio — in pursuit of political reform in Thailand. View his presentation here.


April 19, 2006 - Posted by | Presentations


  1. Internet seen as venue for free expression in Asia ,April 19, 2006
    Updated 12:42pm (Mla time)
    Erwin Lemuel Oliva

    IN SOME Asian countries where freedom of expression remains curtailed, the Internet has provided a venue to freely express views, a Filipino investigative journalist said during a forum in Manila.


    Comment by cyberbaguioboy | April 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. I’ve learned more about the Southeast Asian scene in one day of listening to these presentations than in a whole year of reading their mainstream papers. Kudos to PCIJ for a job well done.

    It is all the more reason that where there is relatively greater freedom of expression, that is where support must come for those in which it is not so free.

    Because we never know when we shall need each other’s help, or what our own circumstances will turn out to be as events unfold.

    Comment by rizalist | April 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. It was riveting listening to Steven Gan describe what happened at Malaysiakini. One might’ve thought he was describing the raid on the Daily Tribune here in Manila. Be interesting to hear about the lessons they learned and strategies they’ve subsequently adopted to truly secure the physical facilities and assets of their site. Thanks!

    Comment by rizalist | April 20, 2006 | Reply

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