Sexpat Journalists Are Ruining Asia Coverage: Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

Today, I’m known as a strong advocate in my social circles, promoting women’s and minorities’ voices in media. But when I first moved to China seven years ago, as a 23-year-old Canadian reporter of Chinese ancestry, it was a different story. To some men in my professional network, I was a target, not a peer.

But the path from silent target to advocate has been a rocky one, a road signposted by incidents of harassment and aggression.

Once, a fellow journalist exited our shared taxi outside my apartment. I thought we were sharing a cab to our respective homes, but he had other expectations, and suddenly his tongue was in my face. On another evening, another journalist grabbed my wrist and dragged me out of a nightclub without a word. I was clearly too drunk to consent; it was a caveman approach to get me into bed while I was intoxicated. And on yet another occasion, in a Beijing restaurant, a Western public relations executive reached under my dress and grabbed my crotch.

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Internet Freedom Rapidly Degrading in Southeast Asia

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PHNOM PENH, Feb 15 2018 (IPS) – Researchers recently evaluated 65 countries which represent 87 percent of internet users globally. Half of them experienced a decline of internet freedom. China, Syria and Ethiopia are the least free. Estonia, Iceland and Canada enjoy the most freedom online.

The most remarkable evolution comes from Southeast Asia. A few years ago, this was a promising region. The economy was growing, democracy was on the rise. Malaysia had free elections, Indonesia started an anti-corruption campaign and the social rights of Cambodian garment workers were improving.

“A few years ago, social media were safe havens for activists. But today these media companies are too cooperative with the autocratic regimes.” –Ed Legaspi of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance

“Internet helped these movements grow,” says Madeline Earp, Asia research analyst with Freedom House. “All kinds of organisations and media started using internet more and more. That was hopeful.” Continue reading “Internet Freedom Rapidly Degrading in Southeast Asia”

Vietnam gives harsh jail terms to 6 activists for subversion – Phạt tù 6 bị cáo về tội Hoạt động nhằm lật đổ chính quyền nhân dân

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April 5, 2018 

Vietnam gives harsh jail terms to 6 activists for subversion

In this April 5, 2018 photo, prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, center, and defendant Nguyen Bac Truyen listen to the verdict at a trial in Hanoi.
Nguyen Van Mieng, the lawyer for prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai said he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of house arrest while his fellow activists received sentences from seven to 12 years at the one-day trial Thursday. (Vietnam News Agency via AP) 

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Six human rights activists were sentenced to harsh prison terms in Vietnam after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government by advocating a multiparty democracy.

Prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai received the most severe penalty of 15 years in prison and five years of house arrest at the one-day trial Thursday, said his lawyer Nguyen Van Mieng. The others received sentences from seven to 12 years.

They were charged with affiliating with a group called Brotherhood for Democracy, whose purpose was to change the leadership of the Communist Party and build a multiparty system. Continue reading “Vietnam gives harsh jail terms to 6 activists for subversion – Phạt tù 6 bị cáo về tội Hoạt động nhằm lật đổ chính quyền nhân dân”

Nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga “lạt mềm buộc chặt”

02/03/2018 06:15

(HanoiTV) – Nhà báo Thiên Nga luôn bình tĩnh điều tra các vụ việc khó, kiên trì đưa lên mặt báo, bất chấp mọi đe dọa. Bởi chị bảo vệ lẽ phải theo cách “lạt mềm buộc chặt”.
Nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga xem xét đơn thư của bạn đọc sau Tết Mậu Tuất

Ngay sau tuần lễ nghỉ Tết Mậu Tuất, vừa trở lại công việc, nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga Trưởng ban đại diện báo Tiền phong khu vực Tây Nguyên đã bận rộn lọc thư bạn đọc nhiều “như bươm bướm”. Số lượng thư ngày càng nhiều theo năm tháng cho thấy mức độ tin yêu của người dân cao nguyên đối với nhà báo trọn đời đứng về phía lẽ phải.

Báo Tiền phong nhận định nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga là người nổi tiếng bền bỉ và kiên định trong đấu tranh chống tiêu cực.Chị đã giành được nhiều giải thưởng báo chí, trong đó có bốn giải báo chí Quốc gia.

Loạt bài “Tiêu cực trong đấu thầu dược phẩm”; “Lãng phí mua sắm trang thiết bị y tế tại ngành Y tế Đắk Lắk” của chị là “Tác phẩm báo chí chất lượng cao loại A năm 2015”, theo bình chọn của Hội Nhà báo tỉnh Đắk Lắk.

Hội Nhà báo Việt Nam đã tuyên dương, trao bằng khen về những thành tích xuất sắc cho nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga trong nhiều năm liền. Continue reading “Nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga “lạt mềm buộc chặt””

Well-known Vietnamese journalist hounded, facing imminent arrest

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Vietnamese government’s persecution of the journalist Pham Doan Trang and her family and calls for international pressure on the regime. After being picked up for questioning during the weekend, Trang is currently under house arrest and could be facing imminent arrest. RSF also urges the Vietnamese government to end its crackdown on independent journalists and bloggers or risk paying the consequences.

Continue reading “Well-known Vietnamese journalist hounded, facing imminent arrest”

Man jailed for social disturbances – Vietnam jails environmental blogger for 14 years

Man jailed for social disturbances

vietnamnews Update: February, 07/2018 – 09:00

Hoàng Đức Bình at the court. – VNA/VNS Photo Bích Huệ

NGHỆ AN – The People’s Court of Diễn Châu District in the central province of Nghệ An yesterday sentenced 35-year-old Hoàng Đức Bình to seven years in prison on the charge of “resisting on-duty officials” and another seven years for “abusing the rights to democracy and freedom to infringe on the interests of the State and rights and interests of organisations and citizens.”

During a trial on Tuesday, Binh’s accomplice, Nguyễn Nam Phong, 38, from Sơn Hải commune, Quỳnh Lưu District, Nghệ An Province received a two-year prison term on the charge of “resisting on-duty officials.” Continue reading “Man jailed for social disturbances – Vietnam jails environmental blogger for 14 years”

Why Hong Kong has a culture of protest

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The Chinese-governed territory has witnessed bouts of protests in past decades amid Beijing’s growing influence over the city.

Yellow umbrellas have become a symbol of the 2014 pro-democracy protests [Photo courtesy: Hong Kong Free Press]

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Divya Gopalan is an Emmy nominee, international news anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English.

Hundreds of people with yellow umbrellas surrounded government headquarters on Thursday to mark the third anniversary of the event that set off Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy protests.

Demonstrators re-enacted the moment when police had fired tear gas at thousands of students and pro-democracy activists, who shielded themselves with umbrellas that became a symbol of the protests. Continue reading “Why Hong Kong has a culture of protest”

Cambridge University Press headed for showdown with China over censorship

Following protests last month, Cambridge University’s publishing house reversed its decision to censor articles in academic journal China Quarterly

Cambridge University Press, publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, is refusing a Chinese request to block academic articles.
Cambridge University Press, publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, is refusing a Chinese request to block academic articles. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Cambridge University Press [“CPU”] is heading for a showdown with Chinese authorities after the government reaffirmed its commitment to block certain content following an outcry last month when it was revealed the publisher has restricted articles in China. Continue reading “Cambridge University Press headed for showdown with China over censorship”

Cambodia tells US to back off after charging opposition leader

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The prosecution of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is a message from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government for the United States, one that says “stop interfering with Cambodia’s internal affairs”.

 
File photo of Cambodia’s Kem Sokha when he talked exclusively to Channel NewsAsia about living in self-exile, his protest plans and whether he would be PM. (Photo: Jack Board)

“We’re not a slave but, like them, an independent country. We want to stand on our own feet. We don’t need someone to tell us to do this or do that,” said Cambodian government spokesperson Phay Siphan. Continue reading “Cambodia tells US to back off after charging opposition leader”

Kem Sokha detained during Cambodia police raid

Al Jazeera

Government cites ‘secret conspiracy’ for nighttime arrest of main opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha casts his vote during June elections [Samrang Pring/Reuters]

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested in Phnom Penh early on Sunday and the government of veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen said he was accused of treason.

The government said in a statement it had a video clip and other evidence that pointed to “secret plans of conspiracy between Kem Sokha, others and foreigners to harm the Kingdom of Cambodia”. Continue reading “Kem Sokha detained during Cambodia police raid”

Cambodia shutters radio stations, expels US NGO

Al Jazeera Aug. 23, 2017

Khmer-language stations, Maha Nokor and Voice of Democracy, ordered closed as more media face legal threats.

Analysts said critical media are being targeted ahead of the 2018 polls [File: Reuters]

The government of Cambodia has shut down two independent radio stations and ordered the foreign staff of an American NGO to leave the country in the latest move against critics ahead of a general election next year.

The orders on Wednesday came a day after long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened the Cambodia Daily, one of the country’s few remaining critical newspapers, with closure over an alleged unpaid tax bill of more than $6m, calling them “thieves”. Continue reading “Cambodia shutters radio stations, expels US NGO”

The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice

Campaigners in Hong Kong and abroad say it is vindictive to imprison pro-democracy protestors over a sit-in. They are right
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing
Student pro-democracy activists Nathan Law (L) and Joshua Wong (R) speak to the media outside Hong Kong’s high court on the day of their sentencing. Photograph: Vernon Yuen/EPA

The jailing of Joshua Wong, Hong Kong’s youthful “face of protest”, and of his fellow activists Nathan Law and Alex Chow, is technically a matter of law but in reality one of politics. Two of them had already carried out community service for unlawful assembly or inciting unlawful assembly; the third had received a suspended sentence. That was not enough. They have been at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement, inspiring many more in Hong Kong to rally in defence of the greater freedoms it has enjoyed compared to the mainland under the “one country-two systems” formula. Authorities have been determined to silence these voices. By appealing against the “rather dangerous” supposed leniency of the original sentences, they have succeeded, for now. Continue reading “The Guardian view on Hong Kong: the voice of Beijing, not of justice”

Việt Nam Phật giáo sử luận – Chương 38: Cuộc vận động chống chế độ Ngô Đình Diệm

langmaiViệt Nam Phật giáo sử luận

PHẬT HỌC VÀ PHẬT GIÁO

Cuộc vận động năm 1963 của Phật giáo đồ được phát khởi từ Huế, trung tâm chỉ đạo của Phật giáo miền Trung. Lúc đó đứng làm lãnh đạo hội Phật Giáo Việt Nam tại Trung Phần là thiền sư Giác Nhiên, một vị caco tăng 84 tuổi, và hai vị thiền sư phụ tá: Trí Thủ và Trí Quang.

Thiền sư Giác Nhiên là đệ tử của thiền sư Tâm Tịnh, và là sư đệ của thiền sư Giác Tiên, người có công đầu trong phong trào Phục hưng Phật giáo tại Huế trước đó hai mươi lăm năm. Continue reading “Việt Nam Phật giáo sử luận – Chương 38: Cuộc vận động chống chế độ Ngô Đình Diệm”

Tự do Internet và chiêu trò “lộng giả thành chân” – 3 bài

Một phiên họp của Freedom House – tổ chức thường niên có các phúc trình, báo cáo sai lệch về tự do Internet, tự do ngôn luận ở Việt Nam.

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Tự do Internet và chiêu trò “lộng giả thành chân”

CAND – 08:04 29/11/2016
Khi Internet và điện thoại có chức năng kết nối 3G trở thành vật bất ly thân của mỗi người, những kẻ chống phá đất nước triệt để lợi dụng bằng các chiêu trò tạo dựng, phát tán các thông tin, hình ảnh giả tạo, sai lệch, biến có thành không, không thành có, từ đó lôi kéo, hướng lái dư luận ngả theo quan điểm sai trái, lâu dần hình thành tư tưởng định kiến, chống phá đất nước, nhân dân.

Continue reading “Tự do Internet và chiêu trò “lộng giả thành chân” – 3 bài”