Asia Media

Summons of Japanese media execs raises fears of interference

By Sat, Apr 18, 2015 2:02PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ruling party has summoned executives from two leading television networks to discuss critical or objectionable programs in a move the opposition says endangers press freedoms.

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years in prison

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 11:32AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A court in Beijing has sentenced veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for leaking a top Communist Party policy document.

Japanese ‘vagina artist’ insists her work is not obscene

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 12:26PM UTC

A Japanese artist on trial for obscenity for distributing plans on how to build a kayak shaped like her vagina denied all charges Wednesday, saying her work is not obscene.

Singapore’s government-linked media misrepresents Amos Yee’s mother

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:12AM UTC

According to The Online Citizen, Amos Yee’s mother did not file a police report to have her son arrested, contrary to a report in the Straits Times which suggested that she did. She also did not have her son declared to be beyond her control, as the Straits Times suggests; she merely said that she was unable to get through to him on some issues (and she also said that he behaved normally in other areas). This is probably one of the worst examples of misrepresentation by the Straits Times and a sad case of its failure to uphold journalistic integrity.

The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:59AM UTC

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the “tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore”.