Merlyna Lim was featured in the April 7th edition De Standaard, a Flemish daily newspaper in Belgium. Largely based on her interview with Lim, in In Azië heet perscensuur ‘strijd tegen fake news (In Asia, press censorship is disguised as ‘the battle against fake news) [PDF version] the reporter Giselle Nath discusses how Asia is at the forefront of enacting laws and regulations against fake news. In it, Lim was quoted saying, “The underlying problem is not fake news, but fake democracy.”
This Spring, Lim also published a chapter titled “Sticks and Stones, Clicks and Phones: Contextualizing the Role of Digital Media in the Politics of Transformation“ in Digital Media and the Politics of Transformation in the Arab World and Asia (Springer) edited by C. Richter, A. Antonakis, and C. Harders. About this chapter, the editors state that “Merlyna Lim, in her comprehensive study on protest movements worldwide, shows the complexities of the politics of transformation. Her contribution presents the perfect opening by calling to go “beyond the revolutionary moment” and instead study social change that underlies the unfolding transformational projects. Drawing on a rich empirical body, she shows how digital media are part of different stages in protest movements. Taking into consideration the global-local nexus, she traces similar characteristics and mechanisms in digital media activism in Arab and Asian countries while at the same time presenting regional differences entailing regional contagion effects, the urban middle class population and digital connectivity.”
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