The Cooler Lumpur Festival – Poskod Journalism Campus 2016

A series of conversations about the state of Malaysian journalism.


Keynote: W(h)ither Malaysian Journalism? by Jahabar Saadiq

4th June, 10:00 – 10:30am

The last year has been a trying time for Malaysian journalism. The profession has been under attack; threatened with legal retribution, muzzled by political interests, and – in some cases – altogether silenced. With new legal restrictions in the pipeline for news portals and blogs, with almost all of the investigative work surrounding 1MDB being done by journalists in New York and Hong Kong, should Malaysian journalism be experiencing a period of great self-reflection? What does this moment mean for the profession?

Audio recording here.


Keynote Panel Q&A

4th June, 10:30 – 11:30am

Panelists: Jahabar Saadiq, Steven Gan, Joan Lau, Masjaliza Hamzah

Moderator: Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Audio recording here.


Financing Quality Journalism

4th June, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Premise 1: We live in an age where information is a crucial element in the lives of the public and professionals.

Premise 2: We also live in an age where technology helps us create and distribute information more cheaply and easily than ever before.

Premise 3: We live in an information era and information has never before been as valuable an asset as it is today.

If all those premises hold true, then why is it so difficult to monetise quality journalism?

Speaker: Bernd Pickert

Moderator: Fuad Rahmat

Audio recording here.


It Isn’t a Crime: Re-imagining Investigative Journalism

4th June, 2:30 – 3:30pm 

Investigative reporting in many countries is getting more dangerous and difficult than ever. Journalists are increasingly intimidated, harassed, and arrested. Independent media is being closed – in every sense of the word. How then do they continue to do their jobs, to tell the stories that need to be told, to get sources to go on the record in an environment steeped in fear. How do they keep their organisations safe and sustainable? What are their strategies for fighting back – legally, politically, and journalistically?

Panelists: Bernd Pickert (Die Tageszeitung), Rick Paddock (The New York Times), and R. Nadeswaran

Moderator: Sharaad Kuttan

Audio recording here.


Funning the News

4th June, 4:00 – 5:00pm

The news has always been a fantastic source of satire and comedy. But in environments where information is restricted and journalism is under threat, these avenues become more than just mediums for joking around. They become strategies for subverting the status quo. They become strategies of speaking truth to power.

Panelists: Lau Chak Onn and Harith Iskander

Moderator: Ezra Zaid

Audio recording here.


A Day in the Life…

4th June, 5:30 – 6:30pm

What is good journalism? How do you produce it? More so in an environment that is becoming increasingly restrictive and oppressive. Three journalists have a candid conversation about their profession and how they navigate the complexities of practicing their craft.

Panelists: Boo Su-Lyn, Joyce Goh, and P Gunasegaram

Moderator: Melisa Idris

Audio recording coming soon.


Film Screening: Spotlight

4th June, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight tells the riveting true story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions.

When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.


Full list of events for registration here.


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This event is held in parallel to the KL Alternative Bookfest (KLAB 2016) + Art For Grabs, which takes place on the 4th and 5th of June at The Boulevard, Level G2, Publika. Please visit the Facebook event page for more info.