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8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable

Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity

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7 - 9 July 2016 Communications Department ASEF Editors' Roundtable Governance & Human Rights

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable (ERT8) was organised in conjunction with the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit (ASEM11) in July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The theme for this edition of the Editors’ Roundtable focused on connectivity between Asia and Europe as well as the media’s role in connecting communities and sharing information.

In view of ASEM’s 20th Anniversary in 2016, this edition included two journalists’ seminars, one in Asia and one in Europe, that  served to collect some recent cases and samples for further discussion at the Roundtable. In addition, the journalist community was invited to contribute their inputs through an online survey.

Journalists Workshop Europe    Journalists Workshop Asia


The conclusions and outcomes will be compiled into a final publication that will include the summary of the Roundtable, a report from each seminar and results of the online survey. 

Publication Subscription    OnlienSurvey



  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Mongolian Confederation of Journalists
Funded by the European Union

Project Updates

  • Mr Ignatius LOW, Managing Editor of the English, Malay & Tamil Media Group of the Singapore Press and Mr Roman IMIELSKI, Managing Editor of Gazeta Wyborcza in Poland were selected as the co-Chairs of the Asia-Europe Journalists’ Network.

    Editors attending the 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity acknowledged the importance of collaboration between journalists and media organisations from the two regions and created the Asia-Europe Journalists’ Network to engage through research, sources and exchanges.

    Participants reinforced the importance of quality journalism to serve their audiences and connect people across Asia and Europe to enhance mutual understanding. One of the first actions this Asia-Europe Journalists’ Network will take up will be the development of an online platform that will enable them to communicate and exchange content with each other. 

  • The Editors’ Roundtable is the top media project organised every alternate year by ASEF. The event is an excellent networking opportunity for editors and senior media commentators from leading media agencies in Asia and Europe.

    The 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable, to be held on 7-9 July 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia will be a special edition to explore the topic of “Connectivity” from the perspective of media practitioners in the two regions. 20 senior media representatives from esteemed media houses including Wenhui Daily (China), Frontline Magazine (India), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), The Independent (Ireland), The Straits Times (Singapore), the Mongolian National Public Radio & Television, BBC (United Kingdom) and Vietnam Plus will participate in this event. The discussions of the roundtable will focus on digital connectivity including the roles and responsibilities of the media while communicating with a diverse range of audiences in the digital space.

    Prior to the 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable, similar topics were also discussed during two preparatory journalists’ workshops, one in Europe (28-29 January 2016 in Brussels, Belgium) and one in Asia (7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China). The conclusions from these workshops together with the inputs from an online media survey will set the context for discussions at the editors’ roundtable.