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Archive | May, 2012

JAPAN: Mainichi Uncovers Clandestine Nuclear Power Meetings

Energy production has been a pressing issue for Japanese politicians and journalists lately, especially as the summer heat approaches. Concerns over possible obligatory blackouts have fueled debates regarding the future of the nation’s nuclear facilities. In light of these ongoing discussions, The Mainichi, Japan’s third leading daily, obtained documents earlier this month detailing secret meetings […]

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MYANMAR: Headlines Capture Essence of Political Change

Recent headlines in the Myanmar media are a clear indication of a polarized country. Some articles touch on Japanese plans to develop the Myanmar Stock Exchange. Others describe the plights of 471 confirmed political prisoners in Myanmar, with 465 more awaiting confirmation. Looking at the Myanmar headlines on Mizzima News, an online magazine specializing in […]

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NEPAL: Journalists Find Themselves Targets of Political Protest

A variety of ethnic and religious groups have joined forces against local media personnel in Nepal recently. According to both the Federation of Nepali Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, these groups expect their opinions to be taken into account during the upcoming drafting of the new Nepali Constitution, and believe that journalists are standing in […]

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CHINA: Cyber Crime Surveillance Increases with Internet Use

The Internet is extremely vast, virtually limitless. This fact makes cyberspace starkly different from the physical world, particularly when it comes to crime, and begs the question: Can a government successfully regulate the Internet?  According to Shanghai police, the number of online crimes in China is growing quickly as online traffic increases, and shopping and […]

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TAIWAN: Media Coverage Lacking in Bo Xilai Scandal

Reports of the Bo Xilai political scandal that is currently unfolding in China have been intentionally incomplete and superficial. Taiwanese media has focused solely on sex scandals and individual corruption, instead of addressing the serious political crisis that is afflicting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). At the heart of the scandal is the death of […]

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THAILAND: OBEC Innovates Education with Tablet Computers

Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) made a recent statement that tablet computers for school children are ready and will be delivered to students in different provinces in alphabetical order starting June 7th. Thailand is the most recent nation to follow the trend of innovation in education, with the first […]

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BANGLADESH: Journalists Prove Their Story True in Head to Head with Police

The journalists of Bangladesh have found themselves victims of police brutality once again. On Monday, May 27th 2012, The Daily Star reported that three on-duty photojournalists were assaulted by police men the previous day. According to the reports, the journalists were taking photographs of students at Dhaka Women Polytechnic Institute as they staged a demonstration, […]

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MIDDLE EAST: An Example of Magazine Excellence

This month Asia Media is happy to spotlight for serious praise FOREIGN POLICY magazine. Its May-June issue takes on the extraordinarily relevant but ever-tricky question of the status of women in the Middle East. Not fearing a head-first plunge into the deepest of waters, the editors plaster their magazine cover with an iconic picture of […]

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SINGAPORE: The Asia Media Interview with Han Fook Kwang

For nine years, Han Fook Kwang was the top editor of The Straits Times – Singapore’s leading newspaper, regarded as one of the most complete English-language newspapers in Asia. Mr. Han is now an executive with Singapore Press Holdings, the giant parent corporation of The Straits Times. He joined the paper in 1989 as its […]

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VIETNAM: A Rather Brutal Way to Create Real Estate Vacancy

On April 24, 2012, the Vietnamese Communist Government organized a force of more than 3,000 local, civilian, and riot police alongside a multitude of government officials. The purpose: to execute a mass land eviction. The area under siege was located across three small towns: Cuu Cao, Phung Cong and Xuan Quang in Hung Yen province. […]

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BANGLADESH: Paper Skeptical of US Visit

A recent Bangladeshi magazine article posits that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to Bangladesh was not necessarily the sweet deal it might seem to be. Particularly if the two countries’ military and economic agreements prove lop-sided against Bangladesh’s interests. On the whole, the media went wild having the U.S. Secretary of State […]

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CHINA: Playing ‘Not Nice’ With Al Jazeera

How did a journalist wind up in the headline herself? Al Jazeera’s Beijing correspondent Melissa Chan has become the first foreign journalist to be expelled from China in 14 years. In her recent interview with the LA Times, Chan stated that she is ‘not exactly sure what prompted her expulsion after five years of reporting in China.’ […]

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