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Malaysia, Indonesia advocate for greater media role in strengthening relations

Malaysia, Indonesia advocate for greater media role in strengthening relations

    Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian and Indonesian press have agreed to play a complementary role in further strengthening bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries through ‘out-of-the-box’ expansion of the traditional role of the media. Noting that the role of the media should not be confined to news reporting and promoting better understanding among […]

Celebrating an extraordinary dedication to high journalism standards

Celebrating an extraordinary dedication to high journalism standards

There are events in the professional life of a journalist when there is no room for neutrality and no place for silence because it will then be the choice of those who have absolutely no choice. Only those who are physically, mentally or emotionally dead have no opinion, no voice, and no choice. No self-respecting […]

N. Korean media reports on Trump-Kim meeting at DMZ

N. Korean media reports on Trump-Kim meeting at DMZ

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump held a “historic meeting” at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas and agreed to resume dialogue for denuclearization, the North’s official news agency reported Monday.   During the meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the DMZ on Sunday, they “agreed to […]

N.K. media urges South to push for inter-Korean cooperation independently of U.S.

N.K. media urges South to push for inter-Korean cooperation independently of U.S.

North Korean propaganda outlets called on South Korea on Friday to deal with inter-Korean issues free from intervention by the United States, accusing Washington of hindering cross-border cooperation. The North’s media has made a series of such appeals in recent months, as joint projects agreed between the two sides have made little headway amid a […]

N. Korean media highlights leader’s love for people following Hanoi trip

N. Korean media highlights leader’s love for people following Hanoi trip

North Korea’s main newspaper on Monday highlighted how much leader Kim Jong-un cares for his people in an apparent move to boost internal unity as he heads back home after a trip to Hanoi for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. In an article titled “A great love and devotion for people’s happiness,” […]

Challenging Duterte: Maria Ressa and the Philippine Media

Challenging Duterte: Maria Ressa and the Philippine Media

With her sharp mind, unflinching attitude and acerbic humor, journalist and businesswoman Maria Ressa has built a news brand in the Philippines that is at the center of a struggle for the future of free expression in that country. Not one to back down from a fight, Ressa is just the sort of person to […]

Populism Invading Societies: the Role of Media

Populism Invading Societies: the Role of Media

Populism has been known since politics started their misuse of people; using the rhetorical abilities and content of their speeches to move flocks, assuring a full obedience of “citizens” to a single leader, a single system or a single authority. While it is some sort of a fake democracy collecting its fans, populism does have […]

The Menace Of Fake News

The Menace Of Fake News

Last April, the office of the Indian Cabinet Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Ms. Smriti Irani, issued a directive. It lay down new guidelines punishing journalists for publishing fake news. Understandably, there was fierce and widespread criticism from the journalists. “These norms are an attempt to intimidate and muzzle the free press in an election […]

Spies & Journalists, the Thin Line Tightened between Media and Security

Spies & Journalists, the Thin Line Tightened between Media and Security

“23-year-old Zubeida is one of 1,500 Egyptians who vanished from the streets in what human rights campaigners call enforced disappearances. Zubeida’s mother spoke to Orla Guerin (BBC correspondent in Cairo) about the torture her daughter was subjected to at the hands of the police”. This was what BBC Newsnight tweeted mid-February, to reveal what they […]

Singapore COUNTRY REPORT: Professional Ethics Still a Media Imperative

Singapore COUNTRY REPORT: Professional Ethics Still a Media Imperative

In the internet age, some people brush aside the need for conventional full-time journalists or media organizations to give us our daily news. “That is already passe,” said a former reporter colleague of mine, surprised to hear that Asia Journalist Association (AJA) accept mainly working journalists. “Nowadays, a journalist is anyone who posts online—the bloggers […]

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