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Prabowo the Patriot: Indonesia presidential hopeful produces propaganda flop

By Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:55PM UTC Prabowo Subianto. Pic: AP.

In recent times Prabowo Subianto’s presidential campaign has often manifested as a peculiar spectacle, characterised by colourful and highly unpredictable politicking. In one such unorthodox campaign manoeuvre, earlier last month, Prabowo released an autobiographical documentary entitled Prabowo Sang Patriot (‘Prabowo the Patriot’), in which he is self-indulgently portrayed as the mortal embodiment of myriad, vainglorious Javanese and Indonesian stereotypes – from ancient, indefatigable warrior descendent, to paternalistic agro-lover and solider of ‘the people.’

Has Singapore finally had enough of STOMP?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:52PM UTC A screengrab of one of the top stories on the STOMP website today (blurring by Asian Correspondent). Pic:

Singapore “citizen journalism” portal Straits Time Online Mobile Print (STOMP), a subsidiary of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), has provoked the ire of 23,000 signees of a public petition to shut down the website. STOMP is a community based platform and has gained notoriety for publishing fabricated news, and for publishing articles that seem aimed to inflame sentiments. Its main competitor is The Real Singapore (TRS). While TRS is owned privately, STOMP is run by a national media outlet.

Anti-junta Burma journalist Win Tin dies at 85

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:11AM UTC Win Tin, pictured at his home in Yangon in October of last year. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy has died. He was 85. He died of renal failure Monday morning, family said.

Singapore ‘close down STOMP’ campaign about more than freedom of speech

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:20PM UTC A screengrab from the petition page on

People have had enough. After years of “citizen journalism” platform STOMP indulging in public shaming, a petition has popped up on asking Singapore Press Holdings – the owner and publisher of the website – to shut it down. Started by Robin Li, the petition now has over 22,000 signatures.

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:45PM UTC A Pakistani photographer takes photos of a bullet-riddled car belonging to journalist Hamid Mir parked at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday. Pic: AP.

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack Saturday near Karachi’s airport.

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