Legal counsel Myles Nicholas Bejar of Silliman University in Dumaguete City was one of the lawyers and media advocates from Southeast Asia invited to the “Media Defense Conference” recently at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bejar, a practicing lawyer and a Fulbright scholar for his graduate degree in International Affairs at the American University, took part in discussions on strategies and issues for defending and promoting independent media, press freedom and free expression.
The conference themed “Empowering Media Defense in Southeast Asia” had about 60 participants and covered various topics discussed by known journalists and legal experts that included “Effective Communication between Lawyers, Media Activists and Journalists,” “Whistle Blowing: Balancing the Right to Know and National Security,” and “Contempt of Court as a Means of Silencing Free Expression.”
The conference was co-organized by the American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, KonradAdenaeuerStiftung, Media Legal Defense Initiative, Centre for Independent Journalism and UM.*RG
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