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Reforms in Philippines after hostage crisis

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 9:24PM UTC

Philippine officials disclosed on Friday suggestions for wide-ranging reforms in the country’s law enforcement structure are being considered, in direct response to the hostage crisis on Monday. President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered the creation of an “elite strike force” that can deal with crisis situations such as hostage-taking

Watch out! The Generals are coming!

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 8:49PM UTC

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), said that she agreed with her party’s decision to boycott Burma’s November 7 elections and urged members and the public to monitor on fairness of the polling process, her lawyer Nyan Win said. In

Aquino must not use hostage crisis to emasculate media

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 6:38PM UTC

Another statement defending the media in the Philippines: AQUINO MUST NOT USE HOSTAGE CRISIS TO EMASCULATE MEDIA   Antonio Zumel Center for Press Freedom 27 August 2010   The Antonio Zumel Center for Press Freedom cautions the Aquino government from using the recent hostage crisis in the Philippines and the blame

Hong Kong journalists to Aquino: Blame your government, not media

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 6:06PM UTC

The Hong Kong Journalists Association sent President Aquino this scathing letter: Dear President Aquino, The Hong Kong Journalists Association expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those who died in Manila’s hostage tragedy. We also want to express our appreciation and respect to those who acted bravely and astutely

Japan gives rare tour of gallows to spur debate

By Fri, Aug 27, 2010 4:09PM UTC

Japan opened up the secretive world of its capital punishment system to the public Friday, offering journalists a rare tour of Tokyo’s main gallows — an apparent effort to stoke debate about a practice widely supported here. All executions in Japan are carried out by hanging, and no media coverage

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