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Asean journalists club founded

Publication Date : 19-02-2013


A group of Thai journalists has established an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Journalists Club to enhance Thai journalists' knowledge and understanding, as well as their capacity to cover, Asean-related issues.

In the long run, the club wants to expand its network in cooperation and collaboration with colleagues in other Southeast Asian countries.

The Asean Journalists Club (AJC) was established over the weekend under the guidance of the TJA.

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) board of directors yesterday endorsed the establishment of the AJC, which will be under its umbrella.

"This is the first journalists club that focuses on Asean issues in Asean nations and the TJA fully supports this idea." said Chavarong Limpattamapanee, TJA president and the club's supervisor.

Over 30 journalists from a wide spectrum of Thai media, ranging from radio, television, newspapers, on-line news agencies last week gathered at the Prime Ministers' Office's recreational house at Laem Than in Chon Buri province, and recaptured the spirit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), similar to when five foreign ministers stayed there to negotiate the establishment of Asean in 1967.

They spent time exchanging ideas, and with a vote of those attending, the establishment of the AJC was announced.

Piyaporn Wongruang, a Bangkok Post reporter who was elected the first chairperson of the club, said the club would support members to report on the issues better by promoting an exchanges of ideas and a body of knowledge in regard to Asean among its members. They would also be empowered with the provision of training and knowledge-based forums.

Press briefings as well as information sharing would be held regularly in line with the emergence of hot issues such as the Rohingya, Preah Vihear and South China Sea disputes. Press briefings, both on- and off-the-record, would give more chance for journalists to really understand issues. Members from media organisation could use such information to develop more comprehensive coverage, and pool information and reports for big issues such as trans-border environmental issues. This would be prioritised along with training to empower journalists, Kornchanok Raksaseri, The Nation's political news editor, who was elected a vice-chairperson, said.

Members eventually undertook a vote for the club's first committee. Piyaporn Wongruang, a senior journalist from the Bangkok Post Sunday Spectrum's investigation section was elected as its first president.

Pakorn Rattanasapsiri, from Voice TV will be first vice president, while Kornchanok Raksaseri, political editor, from The Nation will be second vice president. Nares Laopannarai, senior reporter from Krungthep Turakij newspaper will be secretary. Chaiwat Thongrat, from Matichon Online will be its treasurer. Tatikarn Dechchapong, from Thai Rath will take care of membership. Nantinee Lailaeiad, an economic reporter, from Thai PBS, will take care of its public affairs, while Prakaidao Bengsantia, from Krungthep Turakij and Nuchhathai Chotchuang, from Nation TV will take care of academic matters.


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