Thursday, 8 October, 2020, 10-11am HKT SOPA Media Insiders series webinar Southeast Asian stories With the announcements of the SOPA 2020 winners, SOPA is pleased to invite two winners to join our host John Dawson. Anand Mathai from Coconuts, for the winning entry in Investigative Reporting, Primitive Technology and the Bizarre Depths of Youtube in Southeast Asia and Thomas Kean, Editor in…

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  The Society of Publishers in Asia is extremely concerned about the recent decision by the Hong Kong Police Force to change the definition of media representatives. SOPA calls on the authorities to reverse the change and restore independent accreditation as is practice elsewhere. While accreditation processes are common in many jurisdictions, they exist to…

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Thursday, 24 September, 2020, 4-5pm HKT   Join SOPA on Thursday, September 24th LIVE from Hong Kong for an exclusive interview with the winners of the SOPA 2020 Editorial Awards – Excellence in Business Reporting category. Investigative reporters from The Wall Street Journal and South China Morning Post will take us through their process, how…

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The arrest of media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and six others linked to popular Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, in a high-profile police raid on the publication’s headquarters last week, raises fresh concerns about threats to the city’s free press. Around 200 police officers participated in the raid concerning alleged breaches of a sweeping new…

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SOPA members outline concerns in light of planned Hong Kong Security Law In a recent survey of members, the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) has found that concern for press freedoms and legal structures in Hong Kong is rising. While many details are yet to be outlined, the recent announcement of a planned Security…

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The Society of Publishers in Asia denounces today’s conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former journalist Reynaldo Santos for cyber libel by Philippine courts. Ressa has been a prominent and relentless critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs which has reportedly to the extrajudicial killings of an estimated tens of thousands of…

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The Society of Publishers in Asia condemns the Philippine National Telecommunications Commission’s order forcing ABS-CBN off air. ABS-CBN, one of the largest and most important media organizations in the Philippines, has reported extensively on human rights abuses committed by authorities as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Forcing ABS-CBN off air sends a…

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Journalists covering Hong Kong’s protests over the last four months have been operating in increasingly difficult and dangerous circumstances.   In many cases, these journalists are the employees of our member companies.  Publishers contribute significantly to Hong Kong’s economy both in direct employment and the wider services we provide to the finance, logistics and other pillar industries…

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  Coconuts, Vice and CNA sizzle reels.  Panel discussion video   From YouTube to Netflix to Channel News Asia to TikTok, there’s never been more consumption – and places to consume – news and documentary videos. How has this proliferation of platforms and publishers changed how these videos are made? In this special panel discussion,…

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The Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Their arrest 511 days ago and subsequent incarceration have highlighted the importance of press freedoms globally. Reporting is not a crime. Today, SOPA joins many other media organisations and press freedom advocates around the world in welcoming their return to liberty.  

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