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17th Kazan International Film Festival jury members announced

17th Kazan International Film Festival jury members announced

KAZAN: The final composition of the jury of the XVII Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, which will be held in the capital of Tatarstan from 5 to 10 September, has become known. Films will be judged by filmmakers from 10 countries of the world – from Sweden to India. Elchin Musaoglu, an Azerbaijani film director, […]

Reincarnated Straits Times unlikely to see government grip easing

Reincarnated Straits Times unlikely to see government grip easing

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A government-backed rescue exercise was mounted recently to save Singapore’s flagship English newspaper, The Straits Times, from possible demise as it found itself unable to reverse advertising revenue losses and a decline in readership subscription. And fortuitously, it took the unseen hand of the year-and –a- […]

India’s Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist killed

India’s Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist killed

By Gunjeet Sra NEW DELHI: On July 16, news broke that India’s Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, 41-year-old Danish Siddiqui was killed in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city in Afghanistan. At the time of his death, Siddiqui was on a reporting assignment for Reuters and embedded with the Afghan Special Forces. He was the chief […]

Asia Journalists Association nominates Lee Hyong Kyun Chief Director, appoints 10 registered directors

Asia Journalists Association nominates Lee Hyong Kyun Chief Director, appoints 10 registered directors

SEOUL: The Asia Journalists Association (AJA) has nominated Mr. Lee Hyong Kyun as the chief director. Arranged in Korean alphabetical order, Mr. Kang Tae-jin, Mr. GU BONHONG, Buddhist Priest Geum-gok, Mr. Park Nam-soo, Mr.YOO JIN RYONG, Mr. Yoon Seok-ho, Mr. Lee Ki-woo, Mr. Lee Sang-ki, and Mr. Jeong Young-pal were appointed as the registered directors […]

Journalists struggling with job insecurity amidst government’s “technological illiteracy”

Journalists struggling with job insecurity amidst government’s “technological illiteracy”

By Ziinine A. Britshi Malaysia World News KUALA LUMPUR: In 2020, a college in Kuala Lumpur launched a new course called “Digital Journalism”. Unfortunately, this course had failed to attract many students and the lecturer who proposed and created the new course was advised to leave though he was teaching other subjects. It was very […]

Run-ins with Lee Kuan Yew cut short young activist’s career

Run-ins with Lee Kuan Yew cut short young activist’s career

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: On Sept. 27, 1957, a bright 26-year-old activist, Arun Mahadeva, Maha for short, was invited to meet Lee Kuan Yew,34, a United Kingdom-trained lawyer and up-and-coming politician who was soon to become Singapore’s Prime Minister. At the meeting in Lee’s law office, the secretary […]

Iran: Death of a young journalist just a few days before her wedding

Iran: Death of a young journalist just a few days before her wedding

By: Alireza Bahrami TEHRAN: At this moment on Tuesday evening, as I write these sentences, the family wedding of “Iranian journalist” Mahshad Karimi was supposed to take place. But her friends and family have been returning home from her grave in Tehran cemetery for an hour, and they are all depressed and sad. Last Wednesday, […]

2021 DMZ Peace Festival held successfully in Paju, Korea

2021 DMZ Peace Festival held successfully in Paju, Korea

By Seok-Jae Kang GCS International Secretary-General Vice President of the Asian Journalists Association SEOUL: The 2021 DMZ Peace Festival was held successfully in Paju, Korea, on June 20, 2021. The 2021 DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Peace Festival, the third of its kind, was jointly promoted by GCS International, a Seoul-based UN-affiliated NGO, and the Kukmin Ilbo […]

COVID-19 developments, reports top AJA virtual meeting

COVID-19 developments, reports top AJA virtual meeting

SEOUL: The latest COVID-19 national developments and vaccination drives topped the agenda of the Asia Journalists Association (AJA) meeting. Held virtually, the meeting brought together members from Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Germany and Bahrain. The Korean team was reinforced by Dahye Min, Asia N Reporter, whose latest contribution to the Asia […]

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Another high-level conference in Singapore has fallen victim to Covid-19 pandemic as the city-state sees little sign of the raging virus outbreaks receding soon. The Shangri-la Dialogue, as the annual summit of defence chiefs is called after the Shangri-la hotel venue, was to start on […]

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