The Jakarta Post
Chon Shi-yong, the chief editorial writer of The Korea Herald, has been elected chairman of the Asia News Network (ANN), a group of 24 leading media organizations in 21 countries across Asia.
Chon, a member of the ANN Board of Editors since 2015, was elected by the board in its recent annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Under his chairmanship, The Korea Herald will co-host the next board meeting in Seoul in April 2019, when the ANN will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
“I’m very honored to assume the chairmanship of ANN, which has grown as the only alliance of its kind in Asia over the past 20 years. I hope ANN will help the Asian media tackle challenges, including threats to journalism and the onslaught of the digital media,” Chon said.
The ANN, founded by nine members in 1999, is supported by Germany's Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, which runs the Singapore-based Media Programme Asia. The program’s new director, Christoph Grabitz, will assume his post on Aug. 1.
Working under the motto “We Know Asia Better”, the ANN has editorial desks in Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Phnom Penh. Its core operation includes the real-time exchange and sharing of news among members, and operation of news website annx.asianews.network. Other services and activities include a daily e-newsletter, exclusive insightful reports on its website and a platform for commentaries by editors and Asian commentators.
The group also organizes various forums on media and journalism. In the past year, the ANN has co-hosted mobile journalism and VDO workshops, conferences on One Belt One Road and elections in Asia, conducted a joint pan-Asia Facebook Live event on traffic out of major Asian cities, and participated in press freedom and fake news seminars.
The ANN comprises The Korea Herald, China Daily, China Post (Taiwan), Gogo Mongolia, Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan News, Dawn (Pakistan), The Statesman (India), The Island (Sri Lanka), Kuensel (Bhutan), Kathmandu Post (Nepal), Daily Star (Bangladesh), Eleven Media (Myanmar), The Nation (Thailand), The Jakarta Post, The Star and Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia), The Phnom Penh Post, Rasmei Kampuchea (Cambodia), The Borneo Bulletin (Brunei), The Straits Times (Singapore), Vietnam News, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Vientiane Times (Laos). (dmr)