“Journalism is about finding out things and then telling the audience what you have learnt – it doesn’t really matter whether it is about the human genome or the Chinese shadow banking system. Once you find out what is interesting about a subject, the rest is easy.” Asia Media discovered…Full Article WE ASK/THEY ANSWER: ‘JOURNALISM IS A FABULOUS PROFESSION’ An Exclusive interview with Financial Times Asia Editor and Columnist David Pilling
It seems that Taiwan’s journalists are not in agreement about how “free” their island democracy really is.In fact, there is a trend surfacing in Taiwanese newspapers with many articles implicitly asking the same question of its readership: Are we a democracy? Certain journalists argue that Taiwan is far too influenced…Full Article TAIWAN: Free At Last?
The private lives of public figures are often the focus of media scrutiny and Japanese Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa is no exception. According to The Mainichi Daily News, Japan’s third leading daily, the Justice Minister “has filed a libel suit against major publishing house Shinchosa Publishing Co” over an article…Full Article JAPAN: Justice Minister Seeks Justice
China Central Television’s Pyongyang reporter gets an exclusive look inside North Korea’s Central Television news studio while interviewing the country’s most recognizable star, anchorwoman Ri Chun Hui, according to the Korea Realtime of the Wall Street Journal Asia. According to NorthKoreaTech.org, a site dedicated to reporting North Korean news, Ri,…Full Article NORTH KOREA: China’s TV Interviews ‘Fading’ North Korean News Anchorwoman
Various media outlets around the world have carried reports about the tragic January 23 incident when Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetan protesters in Northern Sichuan . But no such headline was to be seen in the mainland Chinese news media. According to New York Times, the official Xinhua…Full Article CHINA BLOG BLOTTER: Leaked Tweets on Tibet
Not everyone appears thrilled that North Korea’s new beloved leader is second-son Kim Jong-un, reported to be all of 28 years old. Case in point: His elder brother, Kim Jong-Nam.Full Article NORTH KOREA: Sibling Resentment Or a Clear-Eyed Assessment?
There is no doubt that the recent elections in Taiwan have sparked a fire of controversy in the days following, as media personnel dispute the influence of both China and the U.S. on the election results.Full Article TAIWAN: Reporter Bares Pain of Election Results
China Daily recently published a seemingly heartfelt article titled “Blaming China won’t solve US problems.” It began the piece with the consoling fact that “blaming China will not solve problems in the United States or help presidential candidates win more votes”.Full Article CHINA: Bashing Won’t Solve Problems…but It May Get You Elected
After months of public criticism and a majority vote, news reporters at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), one of South Korea’s major broadcasting firms, will suspend their work for MBC in a collective action to urge journalistic reformFull Article SOUTH KOREA: Reporters Want the Public to Know the True Story
China’s Ministry of Health, along with United Nation’s Program on HIV and Aids and the World Health Organization, reports a total of 28,000 people died of HIV/AIDS in China in 2011. This not-so-small number of deaths is minuscule compared to the 48,000 people in China who were reported to be…Full Article CHINA: 28,000 die of HIV/AIDS in China 2011
It finally has happened! After all these many years, a major U.S. news organization is opening shop in North Korea. It’s the Associated Press, fittingly enough, which after months of negotiations is receiving a permit from North Korean authorities to open a media bureau in Pyongyang. According to Yonhap News…Full Article NORTH KOREA: The Associated Press is Now in Full Operation in Pyongyang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou’s re-election for his second term in office on January 14th, 2012 was the big story last week. Chinese Netizens across the Taiwan Strait, of course, are not hardly out of touch. Despite Beijing’s ban on the topic, Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) is buzzing with tweets…Full Article CHINA: Blog Blotter #6 – Buzzing About Taiwan’s Presidential Election
It comes as no surprise that many countries are unwilling to aid the United States in their attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program if such efforts hurt their pockets. But even when their intentions are apparently sincere, methods can prove ineffective. That was the point of a recent article in…Full Article CHINA: Scoffing at U.S. Stumbles Over Efforts to Stop Iran’s Nuclearization
The inevitable and historic shifting of global power from the West to the East is the famous central theme of Kishore Mahbubani. Currently dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Mahbubani has put forth another view of important consequence. It’s that…Full Article JAPAN: Please Wake Up, Don’t Leave It To China!
Political criticism encompasses one of the most censored topics in China. Mediums through which people express such views range from the ubiquitous blog to artistic pieces. Regarding the latter, the works of Chinese brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang are among the most critical with their condemnation towards Mao Zedong.…Full Article SINGAPORE: In Search of Forgiveness … from Mao?!
After months of failed negotiations, Korea’s cable television system operators (SOs) are taking a stand against the three major Korean TV Companies – KBS, MBC, and SBS – for charging high prices to broadcast their programs, according to The Korea Times, an English-language daily newspaper.Full Article SOUTH KOREA: Static Blurs the Nation’s TV picture