MANILA- The Philippines will host the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) international conference for the first time this month, gathering communication scholars and practitioners from around the world.
The 25th AMIC Annual International Conference will be held at Miriam College, Quezon City from Sept. 27 to 29, expected to serve as a venue for discussions on developments in the communication field, including freedom of expression at a time of fake news.
This is the first time that the annual conference will be held in the Philippines since AMIC’s transfer from Singapore to Manila in 2015.
The theme for this year's conference is “Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia," and includes sessions on Asian communication paradigms and theories, Asian philosophy, religion, and communication, and freedom of expression in a post-truth era, among others.
“The theme forces us to question the seeming dominance of Western philosophies and paradigms in communication media in the Asia-Pacific. The event hopes to provide a platform for reasserting the pioneering contributions of Asians in communication as well as examine the impact of Asian philosophies and religions on communication paradigms, strategies, and practices," said AMIC Board of Directors Chairperson Crispin Maslog in a statement.
Some “legends” and experts in communication and journalism education in the Asia Pacific have confirmed their participation, among them John Lent, Shelton Gunaratne, Ronny Adhikarya, Ang Peng Hwa, Cherian George, Arun Mahizhnan, and Peixin Cao.
The event will also witness the awarding of 2 Asian communication icons, Sri Lankan media practitioners Shelton Dhavalasri Gunaratne and Wijayananda Jayaweera.
Gunaratne, a former Sri Lankan journalist, will receive the AMIC Asia Communication Award for 2016 in recognition of his “ground-breaking scholarship and intellectual contribution to Asian media and communication research.”
Jayaweera meanwhile is a Sri Lankan broadcaster who worked to develop community broadcasting in Asia. He will be given the AMIC Asia Communication Award for 2017 for "institutionalizing community radio" across Asia, including the Philippines.