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Opinion: Burma’s press far from free as private dailies launch

Opinion: Burma’s press far from free as private dailies launch

By Tue, Apr 02, 2013 8:45AM UTC Comments Off Opinion: Burma’s press far from free as private dailies launch

The publication of four private dailies in Burma this week is welcome, but the underlying problems still remain Amid pressure for a free press, the Burmese government invited applications for private dailies starting from 1 February 2013. Some of the papers that were granted permission began publishing this week. It’s really a great risk for...

From fiction to fact: What Aquino could do to stop killings

By Mon, Nov 21, 2011 10:24AM UTC 2 Comments The Philippines' high court arguably favors the Aquino family in its decision on Luisita, says farmers. (Photo from Bulatlat.com)

Sometime, somewhere in a parallel world: Recalling the assassination of his own father, President Benigno Aquino III today spoke out and acted strongly on the issue of extrajudicial killings that continue to victimize journalists, activists and lawyers across the country. In a surprise televised address to the nation, days ahead of the birthday of former...

Attack on Sukh Ram – a passport to publicity

By Mon, Nov 21, 2011 3:41AM UTC 4 Comments

He is the original telecom ‘scammer’. On Saturday, November 19, 2011 Sukh Ram was sentenced to jail for five years because of accepting three hundred thousand rupees as bribe. Fifteen years later this would amount to petty change especially given the quantum of hush-money and loss to exchequer being talked about in India’s ongoing telecom...

The great Indian media debate: Opportunity lost, intransigence overtakes

By Sat, Nov 12, 2011 3:16AM UTC Comments Off The great Indian media debate: Opportunity lost, intransigence overtakes

An opportunity for an open-minded panel discussion on the state of the Indian media, aberrations that have crept into the profession, criticism which was leveled by recently-appointed chairman of Press Council of India, Justice Markanday Katju (retd), its partial endorsement (and part rejection) from sections of the media – including this author – and complete...

Indian media: Thumbs up or dumbing down?

By Thu, Nov 03, 2011 4:59PM UTC 2 Comments Pic: AP.

A wave of indignation is sweeping through India on all sides of the debate on the motion: ‘Most media professionals are of low intellectual caliber”. Two representative bodies – Editors’ Guild of India and Broadcast Editors’ Association – have condemned and deplored views of Press Council chairman, Markandey Katju. These opinions were first expressed in...

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