Dear AMIC members and friends,


I’m writing to share with you some important developments with regard to AMIC.

AMIC was founded in 1971 and has always been based in Singapore. Since 1996, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been our headquarters and also the single most generous financial supporter of AMIC. However, NTU now has new priorities and the high level of support it has been providing AMIC is no longer feasible from its own perspective. For us, however, the much reduced offer of support it made is not sufficient to run even the basic operations of AMIC.

Thus, your Board of Directors was compelled to look for an alternative location for the Secretariat operations of AMIC. The Board received a few proposals from interested parties to host AMIC. After much deliberation, and weighing all the pros and cons of various hosts, the Board has concluded that the proposal from a consortium of the Philippines Women’s University (PWU) and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in Manila was the best. The proposed PWU-AIJC Consortium involves an established university and an eminent NGO. The consortium’s strengths are congruous with the key AMIC functions in research and training, as well as our publications programme.

Thus, while AMIC remains a ‘company limited by guarantee’ registered under the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Singapore, the day to day operations of the Secretariat will move from Singapore to Manila shortly. We will ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

Another important development is the change of leadership at AMIC headquarters. Dr Martin Hadlow, who has been serving AMIC as Acting Secretary General for the past two years, has stepped down from his position but remains on the Board. In view of the transfer of AMIC headquarters to Manila, the Board has now appointed Mr Ramon Tuazon, current AMIC Board Member from the Philippines, as the new Acting Secretary General until a permanent appointment is made. You will be soon hearing from Ramon directly.

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Dear AMIC members and friends,

It is with sincere regret that we must bring to you the news that AMIC’s 23rd International Conference has been cancelled. This decision has been taken jointly by the AMIC Board of Directors, the AMIC Secretariat and the conference hosts.

As you will recall, AMIC planned its 2014 conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 9th-12th July. Our gracious host was to be the Faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University. Arrangements were fully in hand, with the ‘call for papers’ completed, sponsorship promotion underway and even a hotel venue organised. The AMIC Secretariat had received close to 300 abstracts which had been put out for peer-review. In the end, over 270 papers had been accepted for the conference.

The political climate in Thailand deteriorated to the extent that martial law was eventually declared. Although the prevailing situation in Bangkok was difficult, in close consultation with the conference hosts and other authorities on security and safety issues, AMIC proceeded with its plans. However, when the Thai military declared a coup late last month and various restrictions, including a curfew, were imposed, the situation became increasingly untenable.

AMIC’s ‘duty of care’ to conference delegates and staff members is such that we are unwilling to expose colleagues from the region and beyond to potential injury or harm in a situation which is impossible to predict. Also, we took note that, once the coup was announced, all major travel insurance companies advised their clients that coverage for Thailand was negated. In addition, Governments worldwide issued travel advisories warning their citizens about travel to Thailand.


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We don't want you to miss all the advantages of being an AMIC member!

AMIC membership operates on a calendar year basis, with the 31st December being the date on which renewals are due. Early-bird renewals will receive a complimentary copy of the AMIC book Asia’s March towards Freedom of Expression and Development. [ K. Seneviratne and S.Singarayar, Eds.]

AMIC membership provides for a range of other benefits and advantages, including discounted rates on AMIC publications, along with access to free on-line journals. It also enables academics and students to attend AMIC conferences and workshops at privileged registration fee rates.


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