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Press Freedom in Digital Era – Promises & Perils

Press Freedom in Digital Era – Promises & Perils

*Editor’s Note: Ivan Lim, President of Asia Journalist Association, gave keynote speech at the 13th ICT Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal on February 9. The conference was hosted by the Computer Association of Nepal and the Internet Society of Nepal in an attempt to promote “E-democracy in Nepal.” Participants include experts from Nepali parliaments, government, national and international NGO’s, and […]

A Rightful Place for the Indigenous People in the Heart of Borneo

A Rightful Place for the Indigenous People in the Heart of Borneo

IT could well have been a plot from Joseph Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness. Except that, instead of the African Congo, the clashes between the aboriginal inhabitants and timber tycoons were taking place in the Borneo jungles of South-east Asia. And what an unequal clash of cultures that was breaking out in the 80s and […]

The AsiaN in Arabic: A timely & win-win news service to meet needs of Asia and Arab world

“Instead of reading only Shakespeare, Arabs should also read Chinese and Indian literature and poetry in Arabic,” a speaker at the Arab Look East symposium told me. Then paraphrasing a Mahatma Gandhi he added: “Open the windows so you get air and light from all directions. Only don’t let it uproot our house.” His views […]

Samsung, Apple expected to make a truce for mutual interest

When imitation is not flattery: Samsung taking a bite off Apple THE MAXIM “Imitation is the best form of flattery” clearly does not hold in the business arena where corporations count on making newer and better gadgets and staying one step ahead of the global competition. Enter this frontier and a different value system is […]

Myanmar Media Law Reform A Key Test of Non-Partisan Press-2

*Editor’s note: This is the last of two part stories on Myanmar Media Law. To Thailand-based  editor Aung Zaw the Press reforms represent the government’s switch to a more sophisticated approach in handling the media. He would like to see Unescos best practices reflected in the Press charter. As highlighted at the  Unesco media conference […]

Myanmar Media Law Reform A Key Test of Non-Partisan Press-1

*Editor’s note: This is the first of two part stories on Myanmar Media Law. Calling your bluff seems to mark the dealings between the  censor and journalists as Myanmar set about to reform its Press system as part of efforts to burnish its democratic credentials. The quasi-democratic government plans to replace its outdated 1962 Registration […]

Building Blogs of ASEAN Social Bonding

Abroad, my sentimental friend Abdul Razak, a fair-skinned Indonesian, liked to quip that he is an Asean Man. He says: “When I am in Singapore I passed for a Chinese; in Vietnam as a Vietnamese, in Philippines as a Filipino, in Laos as a Laotian; in Thailand as a Thai and in Malaysia as a […]

A Singaporean temple goes ahead in practicing green energy

A Singaporean temple goes ahead in practicing green energy

Spiritual food for the soul is what you get when you visit any Buddhist shrine in Asia … until you step into the Poh Ern Shih (Temple of Thanksgiving) in Singapore. There, you will receive something more, something scientific and enlightening too. At this Chinese-style Mahayan shrine, devotees come and pray to the Buddhist saint, […]

Asian nations watch effect of SNS campaigning

As 40.18 million go to the polls in South Korea’s parliamentary elections today, other Asian democracies are watching to see how the use of social media in campaigning bears on the outcome. What difference will it make given the close fight between the ruling conservative New Frontier Party and the centre-left Democrats United Party . […]

What we learnt from Fukushima

A Japanese nuclear engineering on a speaking tour of several Asian capitals to clear the cloud of controversy over the Fukushima accident was thrown this double-sided question: What is the cost to Japan of using nuclear energy and of not using it?   It is a question that could apply equally to many other countries […]

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