Round-table Seminar on Malaysian Politics after the 2018 General Election on July 25



Round-table Seminar on Malaysian Politics after the 2018 General Election
on July 25

You are cordially invited to the round-table seminar on Malaysian Politics
after the 2018 General Election

*Title: *
Round-table seminar on Malaysian Politics after GE14: Consolidation of
Democracy or Polarizing Society?

*Main Speaker:*
Steven Gan (Malaysiakini Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief ): Malaysiakini
website (
*Speaker 2: Institutional Reform*
Yukiko Taniguchi (Research Associate, IDE-JETRO)
*Speaker 3: Election *
Hidekuni Washida (Associate Professor, Toyo University)
*Speaker 4: New Opposition *
Tsukasa Iga (Affiliated Lecturer, Kyoto University)

*Date and Time:*
July 25 (Thursday) 2019, 11:00-13:00

Tonantei (Room No. 201), 2nd Floor of Inamori Foundation Memorial
Building, CSEAS, Kyoto University

*Biography of Steven Gan*
Steven Gan is co-founder of Malaysiakini (Malaysia Now). Since it went
live in 1999, Malaysiakini has become one of the most influential news
websites in the country. Malaysiakini received the Free Media Pioneer 2001
award from Vienna based International Press Institute, and Gan is recipient
of New York based Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press
Freedom Award 2000.
Malaysiakini was raided by the police in 2003 and 19 of its computers
confiscated. Nevertheless, the harassment from the government failed to
stop the subscription-based website from continuing to provide its readers
with ‘news and views that matter’. Gan was arrested and charged in 2016
over a video on the 1MDB scandal posted by Malaysiakini subsidiary, KiniTV.
The charge was eventually dropped after a new government took power in 2018.
Gan is co-editor of the 2004 book, ‘Asian Cyberactivism: Freedom of
Expression and Media Censorship’. In 2007, Gan was selected as a member of
the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.
Malaysiakini won the bronze prize (for top media brand) at Malaysia’s
Putra Brand Awards twice – in 2010 and 2014 – and the silver in 2015. In
2015, Malaysiakini won the editorial excellence in investigative reporting
award from Hong Kong-based Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa) for its
four-part investigative report titled ‘The rise of the Johor royal family’s
business empire’. Malaysiakini also won the Sopa award for Excellent in
Breaking News this year.

*Contact: *
Tsukasa Iga (igatsukasa[at]

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