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China releases man accused of writing false stories for foreign website

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 6:40PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have released a man detained more than three months ago on charges of fabricating stories that disparaged the Chinese government.

HK media boss Jimmy Lai counters rival’s fake obit with video

By Sat, Aug 16, 2014 2:44PM UTC Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, owner of the Hong Kong and Taiwan newspaper Apple Daily. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy media magnate has appeared in a humorous video to counter an obituary of him published in a rival paper.

Australian think tank calls for privatisation of ‘biased’ public broadcaster

By Wed, Aug 13, 2014 3:34PM UTC Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart was just one big-industry figure at the Institute of Public Affairs' anniversary event last year. Pic: AP.

The proposed privatisation of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) could be the ultimate blow to Australia’s clean energy policies if it pushes through. A free-market think tank with strong private industry connections has recommended that the public broadcaster be reined in by transferring its management to the private sector.

Narendra Modi looks to deliver, quietly

By Mon, Aug 11, 2014 11:43AM UTC Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: AP

There has been some buzz about Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping the media at a distance. Modi, TV channels’ main pre-election TRP-busting protagonist, has gone missing save formal speeches and tweets that do not say much. The new PM has opted not to travel abroad with the usual large press entourage that is used to being wined, dined and handed scoops in the form of well-drafted briefs by officials in the loop of the higher ups.

China blocks messaging apps Line and Kakao Talk, says source

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 7:14PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — In the cat-and-mouse game of free flow and control of information, China has made its move against the latest information-sharing technology.

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