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ASEAN Chief’s Media Conference Speech To Be Streamed Live Online
Media Contacts:

Derek Ferrar
East-West Center
Hong Kong Mobile: (+852) 6256-5774
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Kylie Chan
HKU Journalism and Media Studies Centre
Mobile: + (852) 2219-4416
Email : [email protected]

HONG KONG (April 23, 2010) – -- On Monday, April 26, ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan will address an audience of more than 250 journalists and media experts at the East-West Center’s international media conference in Hong Kong. Dr. Surin’s speech on the topic of “ASEAN as the Chief Architect in the Evolving Regional Architecture in Asia Pacific ” will be streamed live online at 12:15 p.m. Hong Kong time at EWC50.org/mediaconference . Following the speech, a recording of the stream will remain on the site for viewing at any time.

A veteran politician and academic from Thailand, Dr. Surin became ASEAN Secretary-General in January 2008, soon after the body of Southeast Asian nations adopted a key new charter.  His five-year term of office will extend until December 2012.

Dr. Surin previously served as Thailand's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997-2001 and as Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum from 1999-2000.  Prior to assuming his duties as the ASEAN Secretariat, Dr. Surin was a Member of Parliament in the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand.  He also was a Deputy Leader of the Democrat Party. At one time, he was considered a serious contender to replace Kofi Annan as U.N. Secretary-General.

He will be addressing the international conference of journalists and experts from across the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. who will gather in Hong Kong April 25-28 to discuss the latest news and media-industry issues in the region.

Visit the website above to see news reports and video of conference keynote addresses, real-time panel session summaries, audiocasts and more about the conference on the theme of “Reporting New Realities in the Asia Pacific Region,” co-sponsored by the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Center for Journalists and the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre .

 Other featured conference speakers include:

·         Dr. Kurt Campbell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East-Asia and the Pacific, who will speak on “American Engagement and Asia"

·         Hu Shuli , Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media, China, Ms. Hu will be making her first public comments since her controversial resignation from the groundbreaking Chinese business magazine Caijing last fall.

·         Sanjaya Baru , Editor, Business Standard, India, former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister.

 From Mon., April 26 to Wed. April 28 (Hong Kong time), an extensive roster of more than 40 workshops and discussions featuring top experts will explore such topics as:

 News Issues:

  • Shifting Power Relations
  • Asia’s Emerging Democracies
  • The Environmental Dilemma
  • U.S. Economy & Foreign Policy Updates
  • North Korea and Denuclearization

 Media Issues:

  • Press & Internet Freedom
  • Sustainable Media Models in the Internet Age
  • Reporting Human Rights
  • Reporting on Minorities

 China Focus:

  • Covering China
  • The Future of Hong Kong
  • Cross-Strait Relations
  • Future of Media in China

 Visit the conference website for a complete schedule of topics and speakers.

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