Gayathry Venkiteswaran is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, where she is also an Assistant Professor, teaching media and politics. Her research focus is on media reforms in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she was executive director of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance for five years, working on press freedom and access to information in the region. Before joining SEAPA, she headed and was co-director of the Malaysian press freedom organisation, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) for seven years, had a stint as a journalist for five years and taught media history and journalism in a number of private colleges and universities. She has an MA (International Relations) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Mass Communication from University Sains Malaysia. She is co-editor of a book on media in transition in Myanmar (expected publication in 2019), and has published reports, articles and book chapters on freedom of expression, press freedom and digital freedoms.
According to the Digital News Report 2017, Malaysia tops the world rankings for WhatsApp usage. How many WhatsApp groups are you in? How many times have you read a message that made you feel outraged or smug? How many times have you forwarded that message? The spread of fake news and disinformation in Malaysia are […]