This is the first time that Southeast Asian journalists will convene in one forum with other important stakeholders to discuss the current challenges and opportunities for effective reporting on elections in the region.

Journalists in Southeast Asia face significant—and growing—challenges in reporting elections, from access to information and data, physical and digital security and safety, information disruption, entrenched autocratic government, to limited skills in practicing data journalism, ensuring digital safety and security and understanding political and social developments related to complex national and local electoral processes.

Journalists in Southeast Asia could benefit from sharing experiences and best practices, identifying opportunities to collaborate on reporting and capacity strengthening, and recognizing examples of excellence in regional election reporting that contribute to electoral justice and, more broadly, to a just and democratic society.

We represent four experienced speakers from countries in Southeast Asia. They are going to talk about the challenge of press freedom especially in reporting election. Through this forum we will also discuss about strengthened polarization in the society during elections has put the media in a difficult situation in maintaining its independence and non-partisanship.

Date and Location

A one-day event consists of Panel Discussion and Workshop Classes to be held on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 start from 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM at the Jakarta Design Center, 6th Floor, Jl. Gatot Soebroto Kav 53, Central Jakarta, Indonesia. Location here

We will also announce ExcEl Award 2019 winners, an award for best election reporting in Southeast Asia that we collected since past two months.

We also conduct three workshop classes from 03.30 PM – 05.30 PM. You may choose one of the available classes:

  1. Data Driven Reporting on Elections by Kholikul Alim  (Managing Editor, JARING, Indonesia)
  1. Digital Safety and Security by Khairil Yusof (Co-founder, Sinar Project Malaysia)
  1. The Best Election Reports in Southeast Asia Presentation by ExcEl Award Winners and Facilitator: Zikri Kamarulzaman (senior reporter Malaysiakini)

This event is free for public. Registration first, here!