Another wave of trials in Azerbaijan

15 December 2017 / By Reporters without Borders As Azerbaijan today begins trying a journalist who was kidnapped and brought back by force from neighbouring Georgia, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community to take a firm stand with its government in order to get it to stop hounding the country’s few remaining independent…

Myanmar media urged to bring positive social change

December 8, 2017 / By Myanmar Myanmar media must act as the conscience of society and strive to bring about positive change, according to Min Jeong Kim, head of the UNESCO office in Myanmar. “We must bring people together, not tear them apart. We must open the doors to dialogue and peace-building, not close them shut,”…

Stand up against attacks on India’s pluralism, for Lankesh

September 7, 2017/  By The Straits Times The most recent murder of one of India’s prominent journalists, Ms Gauri Lankesh – shot at close range in the chest and head by motorbike-riding gunmen in front of her home in Bangalore on Tuesday – is symptomatic of a larger climate of politically-motivated attacks on journalists asking…

Creation of a People’s Broadcasting Corp. in the Philippines

24 July, 2017 / By By Rex L. Navarro, Bussines Mirror.com.ph IN his first State of the Nation Address, President Duterte called for the creation of a People’s Broadcasting Corp. (PBC), replacing PTV-4, the government-run TV station. The PBC aims to replicate credible international public broadcasting networks like the British Broadcasting Corp. Along with this, he…

It’s time to face reality over terrorism in the Gulf

20 July, 2017 By Stefano Stefanini, EURACTIV.com Federica Mogherini must push the Gulf states to clean up on terrorism and work towards an end to the standoff with Qatar, writes Stefano Stefanini. Stefano Stefanini is former permanent representative of Italy to NATO and diplomatic advisor to former Italian President Napolitano. This Sunday (23 July), Federica Mogherini will visit…

Opinion: Autocracy versus pluralism in the Qatar crisis

16 July, 2017 / By  Deutsche Welle Saudi Arabia has yet to present a single reasonable argument in its row with Qatar, says Kersten Knipp. Serious power interests are at stake – as is, above all, the political culture of the whole region. It’s a long way from Saudi Arabia to Europe, which sometimes makes…

Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism

14 July, 2017 / By The Tower In the latest sign of the growing rift between the Saudi-led Gulf states and Qatar, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates blasted Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday for promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s minister for foreign affairs, charged that Al-Jazeera “promoted anti-Semitic violence by…