SARAH LOHMANN WRITES — With its long legs and winding neck, the heron wades through the water, searching for fish to spear with its beak. The bird can symbolize patience, peacefulness, and opportunity in literature. However, in The Heron Catchers, AMI-beloved author and ex-pat in Japan, David Joiner, clarifies that…
“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
These days, Islam and the Catholic Church appear to agree on at least one thing: religious assertions on Social Media outlets should be treated with considerable skepticism—and indeed may be the source of serious religious error. For example, in his recent sermon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdul…Full Article RIYADH and ROME: Grand Mufti and the Pope Together on Social Media
From online games to media distribution, the interactive digital media (IDM) sector of Singapore has once again seen a surge of growth that has put it “ahead of the rest of the local IT sector.” According to The Straits Times, Singapore’s leading daily, the managing consultancy Deloitte recently released figures…Full Article SINGAPORE: State Support Games Digital Media Growth
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
Widespread rumors have it that Samsung Securities Co., the South Korean multinational media technology corporation, is planning to shut down some of its overseas offices. Samsung has not disclosed this plan publicly. The company’s Hong Kong office, which opened in April 2001, is one that the company allegedly plans to…Full Article HONG KONG: Europe’s Turmoil Hits Asia’s Samsung
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council has asked the Human Rights Commission to perform an investigation into the possible criminal conduct of police officers during a protest last week at the “tent embassy,” the semi-permanent council representing Aboriginal political rights. This request comes…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Media Question Police Conduct at ‘Tent Embassy’
Forget about the old-fashioned police sketch artist! Student iGeeks come to the rescue. The Bank of the Philippines Islands Department of Science and Technology awarded a student team in St. Louis University (SLU) in Baguio with Best Project of the Year for 2012 in a competition that recognizes the excellence…Full Article PHILIPPINES: How the Media Can Help the Police Get Their Man!
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
Amnesty International recently released a report condemning police actions in response to the December 24th protests near Bima, Indonesia. The protest came in response to recent approval of an exploration permit given to a gold mining company operating in the region.Full Article INDONESIA: Amnesty International Condemns Police Violence
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