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China military allows foreign reporters at news conference

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:57PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image.

US voices concerns on media rights in Sri Lanka

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 11:15AM UTC Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States has urged the Sri Lankan government to protect the rights of journalists after a government-backed protest forced the cancelation of a training program for journalists.

Leaks confirm attacks on Hong Kong’s press

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:20PM UTC Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, owner of the Hong Kong and Taiwan newspaper Apple Daily. Pic: AP.

It has long been known that big business in Hong Kong, obviously worried about Big Brother over the border, has boycotted Apple Daily, the territory’s most popular newspaper, because of the rocky relationship of its owner, media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, with Beijing.

HK pro-democracy site ‘The House News’ folds amid ‘political pressure’

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014 4:55PM UTC A screenshot of the 'House News' website frontpage today. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure. It’s the latest sign of mounting tensions over Beijing’s desire to hobble democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese city, with activists threatening to shut down Hong Kong’s heart with a major rally.

Cambodia defamation ruling raises media freedom concerns

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:47AM UTC Cambodia defamation ruling raises media freedom concerns

Media watchdogs have voiced concern after a Cambodia-based journalist and blogger was ordered to pay 100 million riel (US$25,000) to a French property developer after he was convicted of defamation charges by Phnom Penh Municipal Court Wednesday.

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