Founded in 1999, Malaysiakini has won various international awards including from Asiaweek, Businessweek, International Press Institute, the Committee to Protect Journalism and Reporters San Frontiers. The site has also been featured in various books and journals for its independent journalism within authoritarian rule as well as its business model.
Premesh has been a democracy activist since his university days, taking up issues related to human rights and democracy in Asia. He has worked as a teacher, a labour researcher and as a senior writer at the Malaysian daily newspaper TheSun. Apart from Malaysiakini, his passions include science, social entrepreneurship and human rights. He holds a degree in Physics and a Masters degree in International Studies. He is also a recipient of two fellowships: the TED Fellowship 2010 and Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tan Fellowship 2010 as well as awarded the advertising industry’s Media Personality of the Year in 2012.
- Business Model for Irrawaddy Magazine, 2009
- Online recruitment and activism, Amnesty International, 2006
- Internet strategies, Voice of Democracy, Cambodia, 2006
- Developing Internet Strategy, El Periodico, Guatemala, 2001Published Articles
- “From Malaysia: Independent Malaysian News
- Site Shores Up its Pay Wall with Innovation” Brave News Worlds, InternationalPress Institute, 2011
- “Do journalists belong in the media”, published in X, Media Development LoanFund, New York, 2005.
- “Surviving the State and Market: The business of Malaysiakini.com, IPS,Bangkok, 2006
- “Independent Malaysian News Site Shores Up its Pay Wall with Innovation” inBrave News World – Navigating the New Media Landscape, International Press Institute, 2010.
Other appointments / volunteer positions
- Advisor, Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia – Current
- Founder & Executive Director, Southeast Asian Centre for E-media – Current
- Former guest trainer, International Institute of Journalism, Berlin
- Board member of Suaram (1993-2003)
- Former Judging Panel, Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) Awards
- Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leader
- TED Fellow 2010
- Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Fellow 2010
- Media Personality of the Year in 2012