Asia

2010

Case   |   Pakistan

Three journalists injured in Pakistan bomb blast

A bomb explosion injured three local journalists who were accompanying a convoy of security forces in the Lower Dir district of northwestern Pakistan on February 3, 2010, according to a statement by the Karachi-based Pakistan Press Foundation and international news reports.

March 26, 2010 4:49 PM ET

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Case   |   Singapore, USA

New York Times to pay damages to Singapore’s leaders

The New York Times Co. apologized on March 24, 2010, to Singapore’s prime minister and his two predecessors for a February 15 article that described the island nation’s leaders as a political dynasty, according to international news reports. The company and the article’s author, Philip Bowring, agreed to pay damages of 160,000 Singaporean dollars (US$114,000) in addition to legal costs, the reports said.
March 26, 2010 3:34 PM ET

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Case   |   Sri Lanka

Protesters hurl stones, injure four at Sirasa TV

Staffers at Sirasa TV confirmed media reports that about 200 people gathered outside the in-town office of the independent broadcaster and threw stones, breaking windows and injuring staffers on March 22, 2010. Some in the crowd carried posters in Sinhala and English protesting the station’s plan to broadcast a concert by pop singer Akon scheduled for April in the capital city, Colombo. One of the singer’s recent videos had included a statue of the Buddha in the background while poolside partygoers danced in the foreground. Most of Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority are Buddhist. Police were reportedly made a few arrests. 

March 25, 2010 11:13 AM ET

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Case   |   Pakistan

Journalist’s house and car vandalized in Pakistan

Three unidentified men attacked the residence of an investigative reporter for the private news channel DawnNews TV, in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, on January 19, 2010 according to local news reports.
March 25, 2010 11:07 AM ET

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Blog   |   Philippines

In Garcia-Esperat murder, a twisting path to justice

Esperat (CMFR)Five years ago today, a gunman strode into the home of muckraking Philippine journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat, pulled out a .45-caliber pistol, and shot her once in the head. A columnist and radio host on the southern island of Mindanao, Garcia-Esperat had made plenty of enemies while exposing government corruption.

March 24, 2010 2:47 PM ET

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Blog   |   China

Google’s Chinese wake-up call

On Monday, Google made good on its promise to stop censorship of its Chinese search engine, Google.cn, by rerouting viewers to its unfettered Hong Kong site. According to the company’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, the move was “a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China.”

March 24, 2010 1:54 PM ET

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Blog   |   India

Circumventing India’s radio news ban

Shubhranshu Choudhary trains villagers to use their phones to disseminate and receive news. (Sakhi/Flickr)

Violence against provincial journalists, self-censorship, and the rise of paid news were the leading press freedom concerns cited by editors and journalists that I met with during my recent visit to India. But for Shubhranshu Choudhary, known as Shu, it’s the ban on radio news that most concerns him. He believes the ban is fueling India’s long-simmering Maoist insurgency, and he’s fighting back, using mobile phone technology to bring independent news to the tribal regions where the Maoists operate.

Alerts   |   Philippines

Philippine editor Vitug receives series of death threats

New York, March 23, 2010—The Philippine government must vigorously pursue its investigation into a series of death threats received by Marites Dañguilan Vitug, editor-in-chief of the online news outlet Newsbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   China

CPJ welcomes Google stand on censorship

We issued the following statement today after Google announced it had stopped censoring its search engine in China:

March 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET

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Blog   |   India

In India, news for sale

Sushma Swaraj, head of India's BJP party, says journalists encourage the "paid news" practice. (AFP) I just returned from India, where I spent a week meeting journalists and discussing press freedom concerns. One issue that emerged during my visit is what is known euphemistically as “paid news.”  Many media outlets routinely sell political advertising dressed up as a news article.

March 19, 2010 10:18 AM ET

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