The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility reports of yet another journalist gunned down in the Philippines in just two weeks. Prudencio “Dick” Melendres, a photojournalist for Manila-based tabloid Tanod (Guardian), was slain on 31 July in Malabon City, just north of Manila. Read the rest of this entry »
Malaysiakini reports on the information minister’s rationale for proposing stricter controls over Malaysian cyberspace–that is, to make the Internet media more credible.
Malaysian rights advocates are sounding the alarm over a perceived trend for tightening restrictions on free speech and free expression in the country.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) notes that the Malaysian Cabinet has recently directed the media not to report on issues of race and religion. At the same time, the Internal Security Ministry also announced plans to review the restrictive Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA) to extend its jurisdiction to electronic media. These developments meanwhile follow a ban on public discussions about the Constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion, as organised by a coalition known as Article 11. Read the rest of this entry »
The Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is reporting that a broadcaster known for hard-hitting commentary was gunned down by unidentified men at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 18, Manila time) in Digos City, Davao del Sur, around 680 kilometers south of Manila. Armando ‘Rachman’ Pace, 51, an independent ‘block timer’ for radio station dxDS, was waylaid by two men on a motorcycle along a local highway, two kilometers from the said radio station. Read the rest of this entry »
A coalition of media advocates and civil society groups in Malaysia is protesting a government move ordering a popular Chinese-language radio call-in program to revamp its format and content after it aired listeners’ views deemed inappropriate. Malaysia’s Ministry of Information on June 24 ordered the program, ‘The Mic Is On, With Love, Without Obstacles’, to be reorganized — a move tantamount to taking the program off the air — after it broadcast views critical of a policy relating to education in Selangor. Read the rest of this entry »
Burma’s new monthly magazine, New Spectator, has been forced to cancel its July issue after heavy censorship stripped it of four lead articles. New Spectator Publisher Ko Aung told Mizzima.com that the four articles rejected by the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division included a cover story titled ‘Prospects for our People’ written by Whan Chukee and an article titled ‘Public Intellectual’ which was taken from another magazine titled, Prospect. Read the rest of this entry »