DELANEY DEWHURST WRITES– “I’ll write as long as I’m free,” says independent blogger and website contributor Pham Doan Trang. In February, Trang was taken from her mother’s home and interrogated over a period of more than 10 hours about a textbook she published that references Vietnamese politics. Trang is not…Full Article VIETNAM: FOLLOWING A WRITER AROUND AS IF SHE WERE A COMMON THIEF
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – The Committee to Protect Journalists does vital work around the world. Below is the CPJ Year-End Highlight Statement. We are proud to reprint it here. The CPJ year-end summary: “There is no way to sugar coat it—this has been a terrible year for press freedom around…Full Article THAILAND AND BEYOND: HONEST JOURNALISM IN A TENSE AND DIFFICULT AGE
From the independent news and opinion site The Irrawaddy, ALEX LAZAR WRITES: Aung San Suu Kyi is treating the press in Myanmar poorly, and that may impede her efforts to democratize the conflict-wrought country. But is Suu Kyi’s apparent authoritarian streak mere caution? Expanding civil liberties too forcefully could bait…Full Article MYANMAR: THE MEDIA MYSTERY OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI
ARACELI PALAFOX WRITES- The death of Cambodian journalist Taing Try has once again placed Cambodia in an unflattering spotlight. Earlier this month, the 49-year-old journalist was killed while sitting in his car, after taking a bullet to the forehead. Try was found in a forest in the Kratie Province of…Full Article CAMBODIA: Save the Journalists!
YVONNE EPPS WRITES — Vietnam treating their journalists poorly isn’t even a punchline anymore. In the past year, we’ve seen them wage war against journalists and bloggers, detaining, silencing, and playing jail tetris with them. It’s about time someone went undercover. Shawn W. Crispin from the Committee to Protect Journalists…Full Article VIETNAM: Uncovering the Undercover
LAUREN CHEN WRITES — This is difficult to believe, but here it is: Recently, in broad daylight, two men attacked former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to with a meat-cleaver and fled the scene. The attackers remain unidentified and, at this writing, Lau was recovering and in critical condition. Leading…Full Article HONG KONG: Taking a Meat Cleaver to Press Freedom
ARACELI PALAFOX WRITES – There’s something fishy about the recent murder of journalist Suon Chon, and it’s not his series of reports on illegal fishing. Earlier this month, The Phnom Penh Post reported the death of the forty-four year old Cambodian, who wrote for The Meakea Kampuchea Newspaper. It said Chon…Full Article CAMBODIA: Something’s Fishy About Cambodian Authorities
The Supreme Court stood by its June 2012 ruling that affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision to include former Governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the list of those accused in the Maguindanao massacre. He is charged with plotting what would turn out to…Full Article PHILIPPINES: Justice for Journalists in Maguindanao Massacre