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JAPAN: From Dollars to Disgrace

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES –On October 19, Japanese media was quick to announce the resignation of Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi after claims surfaced that groups supporting her had misused political funds. If anybody knows how to handle a scandal, it’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s team. Since adding five new female members to his […]

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SRI LANKA AND INDIA: The Great Ebola Freakout

PEYTON CROSS WRITES-  Earlier this year, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa caused a health scare throughout the world. As of October 15 this year, there have been 17 confirmed cases of Ebola outside of West Africa.  While Ebola is a constant topic on the 6 o’clock news here in the US,  the small island […]

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NORTH KOREA: The Amazing Disappearing Dictator!

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Watch out, David Copperfield, you’ve got a new competitor! Earlier this month, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un finally reappeared after mysteriously disappearing in early September. Although there was speculation about the reasons for his disappearance, we can all agree on one thing: the North Korean government has pulled off the […]

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CAMBODIA: Save the Journalists!

ARACELI PALAFOX WRITES- The death of Cambodian journalist, Taing Try, has once again placed Cambodia in the spotlight. Earlier this month, Try was pronounced dead at 49 after taking a gunshot to his forehead while sitting in his car. Try was found in a forest in the Kratie Province  of Cambodia, where he and others were […]

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VIETNAM: Will Sell Site for Laughs

YVONNE EPPS WRITES — From the moment you open Tumblr, 4chan, or Reddit, you’re laughing up a storm. We’re lucky that this is all in English for the American audience, but Vietnam isn’t far behind with their own growing chuckle site. The popular start-up site HaiVL was allegedly acquired by 24h Online Advertising JSC for […]

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TAIWAN: Media Gets Burned With Cooking Oil

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Media lesson learned in Taiwan this week: don’t let tainted cooking oil taint your responsibility in reporting. In lieu of recent reports on the sale of bad cooking oil in Taiwan, the media had a frenzy covering this controversy, including speculation causing an increase in worry for the Taiwanese public. This did not […]

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AUSTRALIA: Tell Us the Whole Story, China

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES: China’s influence over outside media outlets is increasing in countries like Australia, analysts report. This ‘soft power’ approach is China’s way of keeping in touch with one million Chinese Australians while censoring what is included in the Chinese language news sources and favoring state-generated content. John Fitzgerald, a professor at Swinburne University, […]

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SINGAPORE: Tightening the Grip on Online Content

JOHN PO WRITES – In a recent article, The Human Rights Watch (HRW) labeled moves by Singapore’s censorship body, the Media Development Authority (MDA), as “a serious setback for freedom of expression on the Internet.” These criticisms arose after the MDA had asked a few notable alternative news websites to apply for licensing to continue […]

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BEIJING: Honors for ‘Coffin in the Mountain’

COURTESY OF CHINA DAILY USA: The Chinese movie “Coffin in the Mountain” has been honored with the Grand Prix at the 30th edition of the prestigious Warsaw Film Festival. This is the most important section of the famed international competition. The award was accepted by director Xin Yukun. The film tells the story of three […]

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