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Kavi Chongkittavorn

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, and assistant group editor of Nation Media Group, publisher of the English-language daily, The Nation and vernacular newspapers, Krungthep Turakij and Kom Chat Luek in Thailand. He has been a journalist for more than two decades reporting on issues related to human rights, democracy and regionalism. He was a bureau chief in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 1988-1990 and Hanoi, Vietnam from 1990-1992. He also served as special assistant to the secretary general at the Jakarta-based Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 1993-1994 before returning to journalism. Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2001. He was named the Human Rights Journalist of 1998 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of UNDHR by Amnesty International, Thailand. From 1999-2003, he served as the president of Thai Journalists Association. Since 1999, he chairs the Bangkok-based regional free media advocacy group, Southeast Asian Press Alliance. He also serves as President Jury of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, UNESCO, which consists of fourteen professional journalists and editors from all over the world. Under his leadership, UNESCO awarded its press freedom prize posthumously to Anna Politkavskaya at its recent conference in Colombia.