Malaysia is in the midst of large-scale corruption case involving high ranking government officials, including Prime Minister Najib Razak, foreign governments and multinational banks. How does a money laundering scandal play out in a country with a highly concentrated and state-owned media market and what is the role of social media in fostering critical discourse? In an interview with 2016 CGCS visiting scholar Till Waescher, Ghislaine L. Lewis, lecturer in journalism at Monash University and 2016 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute participant, explains how, in the wake of the scandal, international media coverage and social media use have opened new discursive spaces while the government tries to regain control over the online sphere.
In this post, Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute alumnus Mariam F. Alkazemi, a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School for Economics and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, at Gulf University for Science & Technology, reflects on her experience at the 2016 Summer Institute.
2016 CGCS visiting scholar Till Waescher, interviews 2016 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute participant Phillips Anyang Ngong, advocate and legal consultant for Southern Sudan Associated Advocates, to discuss the impact of domestic and foreign news outlets, the limits of media laws when it comes to protecting journalists, and the use of social media during the current crisis.
Kareem El Damanhoury is one of the ten 2016 Milton Wolf Emerging Scholar Fellows, an accomplished group of doctoral and advanced MA candidates selected to attend the 2016 Milton Wolf Seminar, an annual event co-organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and the American Austrian Foundation. Their posts highlight the critical themes and on-going debates raised during the 2016 Seminar discussions.