PETALING JAYA: The Korea Herald chief editorial writer Chon Shi-Yong (pic) is the new chairman of the Asia News Network (ANN), succeeding The Star Media Group's editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh.
Chon, a member of the ANN Board of Editors since 2015, was elected by the Board at its recent annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
"I'm very honoured to assume the chairmanship of ANN, which has grown as the only alliance of its kind in Asia over the past 20 years," Chon said in a statement on Tuesday (July 17).
"I hope ANN will help the Asian media tackle challenges, including threats to journalism and the onslaught of the digital media," he added.
Under his chairmanship, The Korea Herald will co-host the next board meeting in Seoul in April 2019, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the alliance.
ANN is an alliance of 24 leading media organisations in 21 countries across Asia.
Working under the motto "We Know Asia Better," ANN has editorial desks in Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Phnom Penh, whose core operation includes real-time exchange and sharing of news among members, and operation of a news website at http://annx.asianews.network.
Other services and activities include daily e-newsletter, exclusive insightful reports on http://www.asianews.network and a platform for commentaries by editors and Asian commentators.
The alliance also organises various forums on the media and journalism.
In the past year, ANN has co-hosted mobile journalism and VDO workshops, conferences on One Belt One Road, and elections in Asia; conducted a joint pan-Asia Facebook Live! on traffics out of major Asian cities; and participated in press freedom and fake news seminars.
Its members comprise The Korea Herald, China Daily, China Post (Taiwan), Gogo Mongolia, Yomiuri Shimbun and The Japan News, Dawn (Pakistan), The Statesman (India), The Island (Sri Lanka),
Kuensel (Bhutan), Kathmandu Post (Nepal), Daily Star (Bangladesh), Eleven Media (Myanmar), The Nation (Thailand), Jakarta Post, The Star and Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia), the Phnom Penh Post and
Rasmei Kampuchea (Cambodia), The Borneo Bulletin (Brunei), The Straits Times (Singapore), Vietnam News, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Vientiane Times (Laos).
Founded by nine members in 1999, ANN is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung of Germany which runs Media Programme Asia based in Singapore.
The programme's new director Christoph Grabitz will assume his post on Aug 1.