Who owns media?

November 11, 2016 / By Ellen Tordesillas The Philippines is described as the country with the freest press in Asia. Do we truly have freedom of the press? Can reporters write irregularities in an industry without bothering whether the owners of the media they are working for would not be displeased because they have business interests…

Enable free speech to combat hate speech

June 26, 2016/ By Adnan Rehmat The evolution of current affairs media in Pakistan has entered an interesting phase — the transition from a more-or-less freewheeling age to a potentially more focused regulatory regime that can end up arriving, in the best case scenario, at a free speech environment but one that does not brook…

RSF urges Iraq to reopen Al Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau

May 10, 2016 / By MWC News Paris-based group wants order that led to closure of office rescinded on “grounds of media pluralism and media freedom”. Reporters Without Borders, the international organisation which promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press, has called on Iraq to revoke its decision of suspending Al Jazeera’s licence that resulted in…

Myanmar and World Press Freedom Day

2 May, 2016 / By Mizzima.com On the face of it, Myanmar appears to have turned the page on locking up journalists. One of the first acts of the new Aung San Suu Kyi-Htin Kyaw government was to free several journalists who had been locked up during the tenure of President Thein Sein’s government. But…

Myanmar media still repressed: watchdog

25 April, 2016 / By Nick Baker in Myanmar Times Myanmar remains one of the most repressive media environments in the world, according to a new report. The 2016 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, ranked Myanmar 143 out of 180 countries included in the assessment. The overall score…

World Press Freedom Index: Indian media is under stress

21 April, 2016 / By ET Brandequity Media in India continues to be under stress as the country figures low at 133 out of 180 nations in the latest World Press Freedom Index. The international watchdog said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being ‘indifferent’ to threats against scribes. The damning report by Paris-based free press…

New Power Party proposal targets media monopolies

March 30, 2016 / By By Chen Wei-han, Tapei Times The New Power Party (NPP) caucus yesterday proposed draft legislation to prevent media monopolies and to maintain media pluralism to address issues that sparked protests against media monopolization in 2012. The proposal seeks to limit media mergers, stipulating that a company cannot own more than three…

In Sri Lanka, media settle in for long march to change

1 February 2016 / By Scott Griffen, Director of Press Freedom Programmes. Published by International Press Institute One year after historic election, optimism mixes with sluggish pace of reform Just over one year ago, Sri Lankans chose Maithripala Sirisena to be their next president, in a surprise rejection of incumbent leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who…

Ownership Concentration Puts Media Pluralism at Risk: Study

2 December 2015 / By Khmer Times/Chea Takihiro Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international journalism watchdog group, released a report on the ownership of media in Cambodia, highlighting the alarming amount of outlets owned or controlled by the government. The group conducted a study on Cambodia for its ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ project, which they say is…

EU: Political and Media Pluralism Lucrative

17 de noviembre 2016 / By Georgia Today On 16th November the European Union and Georgia held the second meeting of the Association Council, the highest formal body established under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in order to supervise the implementation of the Agreement. As the joint press release stated following the event, the Council began by…