Engendering Media: Series 4, Publication 4 – Reconciling activism and newsmaking in Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste.

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Abstract

Given the increasingly hostile climate for media workers in Southeast Asia, New Naratif’s Media Freedom Insights publications set out to better understand their lived experiences. This report focuses on the experiences of six newsmakers of marginalised genders and sexualities from Vietnam, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. Because they situate themselves at the confluence of activism, advocacy, and newsmaking, how do they work in cognisance of repression while facing cases of sexual- and gender-based violence? We found that for most (but not all) of our participants, activism and newsmaking go hand-in-hand. We also conclude that the definition of media freedom must be constantly reiterated, reconsidered, and adapted in our newsmakers’ respective contexts.


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