Author: Viet Long Vinh Ly

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 the way of reaching that goal. According to reports, more than fifty journalists have been attacked during the past two weeks by protestors attempting to pressure on the media to write pro-protest stories. Many journalists’ vehicles were set on fire during the protests, and still more refused to leave their home due to the violence. In one of the more serious incidents on Monday, May 21st, dozens of journalists were targeted and attacked, their property damaged or destroyed on what Global Network for Freedom of Expression (IFEX) deemed a “black day” for journalism. The Nepali protestors clearly understand that the media can act as an indispensable tool in achieving political aims, but it would appear that their method of persuasion is unconventional to say the least. For more information, please visit:

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VIETNAM: Dramatically Reaching Out to Japan’s Kyodo News

Vietnam has had a tortured relationship at best with once-aggressive Japan, as it has had with the United States. But one thing both Tokyo and Washington have learned about this large, thinly vertical, well-populated and exceptionally feisty Southeast Asia country: Invading, occupying or even trying to “save Vietnam from communism” is no fun – no fun at all. For its part, Hanoi over time has come to the conclusion that making friends with Tokyo and Washington makes a lot more sense than being at pugilistic odds. This is especially true in the age of China’s rise. Some Asian countries...

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BAHRAIN: The Elite Ten List You Don’t Want to Be On

Our favorite media watchdog – Reporters Without Borders –famously publishes an elite list on which few people would want to be included. It’s a list of “Enemies of the Internet:” Countries whose governments are uncomfortable with the information flows that come from this history-altering technology. What’s particularly interesting to Internet watchers is who gets moved onto the notorious list and who gets off of it – a periodic decision by Reporters Without Borders that always catches international attention. The distinguished non-profit’s latest assessment puts Bahrain — and Belarus – onto the Enemies List. They join the other countries viewed as restricting Internet freedom the most: Burma (Myanmar), China, Cuba, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and North Korea. The final two entries on that list are particularly interesting. Developing Vietnam is struggling between liberalizing its economy while maintaining Communist Party hegemony.  But the Party will always want to control the flow of information – but it’s an innate reflex that can work against economic growth. Consider the classic case of North Korea, where economic growth has been all but absent for ages. It offers a clear example of the consequences of cutting yourself off from the outside world, in part by cutting down (if not unplugging) access to the Internet. The Reporters Without Borders 2012 List offers an invaluable cautionary tale. For more information, please visit: Reporters Without...

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Asia Media International Staff

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

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Jay Seo

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Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Emily Carman
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
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Bobby Fretz
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Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
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Beth McLaughlin
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Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
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Nicolas Swaya
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Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Clementine Todorov

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Yi Ning Wong, Jennifer Eaton

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Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:

Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

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Lexie Tucker

Executive Senior Editor:
Ben Sullivan

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Prof Tom Plate


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