BANGKOK, 16 February 2015 – A media forum on news issues around ASEAN integration and regionalism will be held on 31 March – 2 April in Bangkok. Titled “Reporting ASEAN: A Media Forum,” this event is expected to gather journalists and editors, researchers, foreign policy makers and development experts, students and those who follow issues around the ASEAN Community.
With the theme theme “Telling the ASEAN Story,” the event is an independent space for the discussion of critical issues around news/media and information on ASEAN, including the ASEAN Community.
“Media can reach out to the masses and is influential,” said Elaine Tan, executive director of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Foundation, in explaining ASEAN Foundation’s support for the programme.

“Greater critical reporting will be essential to ensure that the public is fully informed about the ASEAN Economic Community and that information is readily available on complex issues that will impact them,” added Ashvin Dayal, managing director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bangkok.

Journalists who joined the first set of fellows of the “Reporting ASEAN: 2015 and Beyond” programme will also be reporting their work at the event, providing insights into the perspectives of media in ASEAN.

The Reporting ASEAN Programme, which includes a media fellowship and reporting series and the media forum is supported by the ASEAN Foundation and the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation.