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Archive | March, 2012

NEW ZEALAND: Cameraman Free of Police Charges, Though Not of Scandal

Police officials in New Zealand have decided not to press charges against a freelance cameraman involved in the “teapot tapes” affair during last year’s election cycle.  Allegedly, cameraman Bradley Ambrose intentionally recorded a conversation between Prime Minister John Key and Act Party Epsom candidate John Banks at a public press conference in Auckland.  The tape […]

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SOUTH KOREA: A Brief Look at the Nuclear Security Summit

In what is being called the largest diplomatic gathering in history, the nuclear security summit held in Seoul this past Monday and Tuesday, with leaders of nearly 60 nations and international organizations in attendance, has led to the release of a sweeping agreement known as the “Seoul Communique.” Initially the gathering was hampered by North […]

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CHINA: Blogging Community Reaches Out, But Too Late

Wang Shanshan, a senior student at Nanjing Technology College hanged herself in her dorm on March 17.  A frequent blogger on China’s popular Sina Weibo site, Shanshan left a suicide note on her blog that automatically uploaded 12 hours after her death.  It stated:  ”I have depression, so I want to die. There’s no important reason, […]

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THAILAND: Canadian Columnist Explains Complexities of Political Asylum

By Asia Media staff writer Brian Canave (pictured above) — Amid all the articles and columns published in the world, with topics ranging from technology to the latest fashion, we have for you a golden beacon of hope: a column exemplifying journalism’s sense of social responsibility at its best. Well-known columnist Campbell Clark, of The […]

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GUEST COLUMN ABOUT HONG KONG: SHAME OF THE NEWS MEDIA

Gutter journalism made a mockery of the island territory’s self-proclaimed ‘march toward democracy’, argues Alice Wu                                            Hong Kong, 29 March — Sex, lies, sleaze, money, mafia, illegal basement, and tear-gas — boy, calling Hong Kong’s just-completed Chief Executive election “scandal […]

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CHINA MEDIA: The Mad Scramble to Arrest a Key Keyword!

Opinionated Chinese Netizens have long blogged and slogged Chinese leaders for being corrupt. But last week’s sacking of Bo Xilai, a top Chinese Leader, ignited an explosion of blogging activity about official corruption that topped anything anyone has ever seen. At first, perhaps surprisingly, the Chinese government allowed the eruption to proceed apace. But on […]

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HONG KONG: Beijing’s Man Takes the Prize

“The so-called freedom of speech, freedom of the press [in China]- it is a joke.” This was the widely shared sentiment of one microblogger regarding mainland China’s persistent censorship of the bitter back and forth over the noisy and messy campaign for the position of  Chief Executive of Hong Kong. The peculiar selection process ended […]

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BANGLADESH: Battle Royal of Two Newspaper Titans

It would appear that a war of words is brewing in Bangladesh. On Sunday March 18, The Daily Star reported that the Bangladesh Daily, Prothom Alo, filed a plaintiff’s case with the Press Council against another Bangladesh daily, The Daily Sun. Matiur Rahman, the editor and publisher of the Bangla daily, Prothom Alo, initiated the action against The Daily Sun for allegedly publishing false reports […]

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