Asia Outlook

Archive of commentaries on Asia

Afghanistan's ethnically split ballot box

Ethnic voting shows Afghans do not view the state as a service provider and loyalty to ethnic groups comes before the country as a whole, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

New Escap rules a blow to press freedom

Imtiaz Muqbil writes that the change in the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's media-accreditation system seems to come from a "blanket, guilty-until-proven-innocent policy"

Adding up the math

By electing the Democratic Party, Japan recognizes the need to adjust to emerging powerhouse China, writes Tom Plate

Multicultural broadcasting

Ethnic language broadcasts will help foreigners in Korea adapt easier and will familiarize Koreans with other cultures, writes 'The Korea Herald'

CNN taken out of context on Ma remarks, poll

Taiwan's local, "sensationalistic" press are wrong to assume a CNN International anchor's remark indicates growing negative opinion of President Ma, writes 'The China Post'

Sensationalism, not journalism

The lack of accountability and first hand investigative reporting has lead to a decline in journalistic ethics in Pakistan, writes Syed Irfan Ashraf

Teaching, learning and the Internet

Indonesian teachers need to better understand how social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook are used in order to keep up with their students

The Chosun one

Tom Plate eulogizes the late South Korea President Kim Dae-jung, whose passing unites the Korean peninsula for a moment

What kind of yellow journalism is this now?

Joe Hung criticizes CNN for conducting an unscientific poll on whether Taiwan's President Ma should step down for his delayed response to help typhoon victims

Military might

Based on the latest RAND report, Tom Plate writes that U.S.-China relations and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of improving relations with China and are more important than ever

Information Commission bureaucratised

Abdullah A. Dewan criticizes the appointment of former government officials for two of three information commissioner positions

The all-new, same old Taliban?

The Taliban's new manual of conduct seems to indicate a more humanitarian attitude toward civilians, but the reality is everything is still the same since there is no incentive for change, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

US journalists' homecoming

'Daily Star' writes that the release of U.S. journalists from North Korea could signal an opening to talks on denuclearization and normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea

What's behind Taiwan media bias?

The increasing connection between big business and media has led to reports favoring the more China-friendly KMT party, writes J. Michael Cole

Unfinished business

Tom Plate writes that the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee can lead to resolving a bigger issue: North Korea's denuclearization

Foundation of news gathering

Tokyo High Court understands that newspapers assume news agency reports include good news gathering and fact-checking, writes 'Japan Times'

Media magic

Sarwar Ahmed writes that media and business need a truthful and candid relationship so that both can improve

Steady as he goes

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shouldn't come under fire for his steadiness and sensibility, writes Tom Plate

The 'green revolution'

Although membership in online social networks is on the rise in Pakistan, radio and television will remain dominant due to the country's low literacy rate, writes Bina Shah

How powerful can Facebook activism it be?

It is debatable whether social movements that originate on social networking websites are effective or not, writes Asri Wijayanti

Making right to information laws effective

The information commission, media and human rights organizations should teach people about the Right to Information ordinance to ensure implementation, writes A.N.M. Nurul Haque

Cyber sleuths do battle with TV journos

As online media evolves and traditional media stands its ground, people need to develop and rely on their own sense of judgment, writes Kong Ritdee

Laughter in cyberspace

Pakistani President Asif Zardari's attempt to curtail criticism on the Internet makes him seem more foolish, writes Irfan Husain

A proud moment for Afghanistan

Afghanistan's first televised presidential debate is a historic moment in the country's democratization, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

Jakarta bombings and the presumption of guilt

The media need to carefully observe the journalistic code of ethics by doing proper investigations instead of assuming the truth, writes Sirikit Syah

Trying times

Tom Plate writes that China and the United States should reassess Japan's political landscape and security concerns

The Afghanistan industry

Foreigners and expatriate Afghans benefit more from foreign aid than local Afghans do, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

Addressing the "Jakarta jolt"

U.S. President Obama's response to the recent Jakarta bombings illustrates his more nuanced policy on terrorism, but he also needs to face it "head on," writes Tom Plate

Fate of reporters

With North Korea seeming willing to release two American reporters once their "desired conditions" are met, Pyongyang should not drag out the process, writes 'The Korea Herald'

War on freedom of the press

Taiwan's NCC, Want Want's chairman, and local journalists can diffuse the war of words over CTV and CTI's managements by no longer discussing it, writes Joe Hung

Live with it, get used to it

Tom Plate writes that U.S. policymakers should map an "acceptance" policy toward China's inevitable rise rather than one of "containment"

TV talk show pundits' bias has harmed media ethics

Hu Wen-huei criticizes Taiwanese political commentators who use their positions to help those in power

Watching the watchdog lose its guard

America's aggressive fourth estate may not be a model for use in Asia, but its decline is cause for concern in Singapore, writes Tom Plate

China's 'Green Dam' reversal a sign of maturity

China's decision to delay its "Green Dam" software requirement indicates its ability to listen and respond to criticism, writes 'The China Post'

Lese majeste row escalates with new controversy

Accusing the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand board members of lese majeste will bring even greater international scrutiny to Thailand's lese majeste laws, writes Achara Ashayagachat

Protecting BlackBerry users

Indonesian Blackberry sales will decline due to the lack of authorized service shops that safeguard against counterfeits, writes 'The Jakarta Post'

Halal online

Tazeen Javed considers the possibility of an Islamic web browser that protects devout Muslims from subversive, haram content

And the real winners are... the commercial TV stations

Both Indonesian presidential hopefuls are in serious trouble entering the election after mediocre televised debates, writes Endy M. Bayuni

Afghanistan's discredited elections

Local politicians are adjusting to democracy without radically departing from Afghan traditions, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

The media-savvy Taliban

Media outlets should avoid being used as a platform by warring sides, and instead, write about the people's struggles, writes Faizullah Jan

Worries and cares

Hong Kong locals and their East-meets-West perspective understand the stabling hand of the United States' success, writes Tom Plate

Iran elections, Prita Mulyasari and Internet freedom

Bonni Rambatan notes recent instances of how grassroot Internet movements can influence significant political change

What the presidential debate says about the current state of journalism

The lack of credibility in today's Indonesian journalists is evident in the KPU's unwillingness to select one to moderate the debates, writes M. Taufiqurrahman

Bringing Want Want into line

Hopefully the public criticism from media scholars and organizations will end Want Want Group's antagonism against journalists, writes 'Taipei Times'

War, regimentation and journalism

Improving the security of journalists in combat zones is necessary to stop the decline of accurate reporting, writes Syed Irfan Ashraf

Iran vs the Internet

As is the case in China, controlling the Internet will lead to a strong, underground online movement, writes 'The Times of India'

Rotten revolutions

Tom Plates writes that Asian countries prefer slow political change as opposed to the West's affinity for drastic ones

Import duty on newsprint

'Daily Star' warns raising newspring duty hinders the free flow of information

Victims of a newspaper trial

This year's clearance of wrongdoing for two men from an ombudsman investigation shows a need for remorse from media that played prosecutor, writes 'The China Post'

Reporting for duty

Tom Plate reevaluates his view on North Korea after two American journalists were sentenced to 12 years in prison

NCC's Want Want ruling is bad news for Taiwan

The National Communications Commission has allowed a media monopoly to form in its Want Want Group ruling, writes Yeh Yi-jin

The NCC paints itself into a corner

The NCC's claim of independence from political and business interests is in question after it toned down its compliance criteria for Want Want Group, writes 'Taipei Times'

People who live in glass houses...

Tom Plate writes that while the United States' economic state and direction warrant concern, China would be better served focusing on domestic and regional stability

'Post' in shouting headline shocker

Among the past week's news, 'The China Post' proposes a "kooky worldview" about courage, shame and suicide, writes Johnny Neihu

Thou shalt not Facebook

Muslim clerics should provide good reasons for young Muslims to use the Internet responsibly instead of trying to regulate it, writes Ary Hermawan

A very Afghan election

The qualifications of many presidential candidates and the United States' influence perpetuate a "sense of powerlessness" for Afghan voters, writes Nushin Arbabzadah

Telling journalists what to do... or not do

Syed Badrul Ahsan argues against the supposition that journalists who criticize those in power are not being objective

Changing trajectories

The United States should consider drawing closer, not further, to North Korea in order to alter that country's orbit, writes Tom Plate

Taming online risks

The proposal to ban Facebook by Islamic clerics in Indonesia is an obsolete move due to the difficulty in regulating the Internet, writes 'The Jakarta Post'

Print media merits continuing support

'The Daily Star' writes that local paper mills hinder, rather than promote, the newspaper industry

Agencies all at sea on Taiwan

International news agencies' careless wording and uninformed assertions mislead readers about Taiwan and China, writes 'Taipei Times'

Disasters and developments

Tom Plate writes about the good and bad news coming out of Asia this week

Our mutual benefit

Tom Plate writes against fears of a Chinese-championed global Marshall Plan

Too much pressure

After struggling through four coups in two decades, Fiji's journalists acquiesce to the military government when "sulu censors" and police were placed in newsrooms, writes David Robie

Is the newspaper industry at death's door?

Failure to understand new media, not online news aggregates, has led to the demise of the newspaper industry, writes Shameem Mahmud

The retreat of freedom of the press bodes poorly

President Ma Ying-jeou and his government "bear full responsibility" for the 11-rank decline in Taiwan's press freedom standing, writes Leon Chuang

Freedom of the press takes a step backward

Taiwan government's assault and growing pressure on local media has led to declining media freedom, writes Lu Shih-hsiang

Give and take

Tom Plate writes that when Taiwan gives to China, it will be able to take from it too

More clarity needed

Mixed messages of support and criticism sent to Pakistan by U.S. officials and the media will lead to failure, writes 'Dawn'

The medium is the message

Compelling local radio programming is needed to compete with 'FM mullahs' that illegally broadcast extremist rhetoric, writes Huma Yusuf

World Press Freedom Day

'The Daily Star' celebrates World Press Freedom Day by reflecting on the direction of the industry

Media under fire

Although this year's Freedom House review concludes that Pakistan's press freedoms have improved, it remains a very dangerous country for journalists, writes 'Dawn'

Taliban's 'media reforms'

The government has to provide more security after militants warned of dire consequences if the media provides 'anti-Taliban' and 'pro-western' coverage, writes 'Dawn'

Moral failures

Tom Plate writes that Sri Lanka risks becoming another human tragedy unless the world takes action

'Breasty' TV commercials

Although the NCC will rule whether certain video game commercials are indecent, no government agency has jurisdiction over print media, writes 'The China Post'

Wrong and right

Actor Jackie Chan's provocative talk about Chinese and freedom has fault and merit, writes Tom Plate

How people view Taiwan journalists

Joe Hung writes about the low opinion the general public has of journalists

Has Internet closed Korea more?

The Internet has been used to worsen South Korea's chronic "herd mentality," writes Jon Huer

PRC media suppression reaches out to Taiwan

Leon Chuang warns against the nonchalance Taiwanese have regarding China's growing influence on local media outlet owners, politicians and businesspeople

Truth to power

Governments and media institutions contribute to the current dismal state of journalism, writes Tom Plate

Court acquits 'Time'

The court's decision defends the public's right to information, the media's independence and the ongoing anti-graft drive, writes 'The Jakarta Post'

Digitising our campuses

Shameem Mahmud argues the web can give new meaning to university learning rather than just being a communication tool

Science journalism: It's not beyond us

Local media in developing countries should emphasize local scientific content to promote its relevance to the masses, writes Dyna Rochamyaningsih

Newspapers can lead in the Internet age

Although newspapers must adapt to the Internet age, they must also stay true to their core values in order to remain relevant, writes 'The China Post'

Paradise lost

Thailand is a house divided and unrest will remain until the country's urban elite can create an inclusive polity, writes Tom Plate

The gravity of the situation

Western countries need to focus on humanitarian aid and offer negotiation among top-level officials to get through to North Korea, writes Tom Plate

Who is 'Sunita Paul'?

Mashuqur Rahman accuses journalist Sunita Paul of plagiarism and of spreading conspiracies to malign Bangladesh

Don't turn a deaf ear

Tom Plate writes America needs to start listening to Asia's opinions as Europe becomes less relevant

Freedom of the press threatened from within

When media outlets fabricate, distort or gag stories for political or economic reasons, they pose as much a threat to freedom of the press as external controls, writes Su Tzen-ping

Pen not shoe

Although Jarnail Singh had good reason to throw a shoe at India's home minister, his actions lacked the professionalism to safeguard media's access to politicians, writes 'The Times of India'

Finding the funny in no laughing matter

Tom Plate jests about the recent North Korean missile launch, but writes that in the end dealing with North Korea is no joke at all

Game over for newspapers?

Indonesian newspapers should pay close attention to the ailing U.S. newspaper industry to avoid the same fate, writes Riwanto Megosinarso

The elephants in the room

Asian nations' continuously growing importance as global players was on display at the recent G-20 economic summit, writes Tom Plate

Anonymity no cloak for free speech

With freedom of speech comes responsibility and accountability for what is said, writes Liang Wen-chieh

Media coverage

Journalistic values are sometimes compromised in the competition to be the first to report breaking news, writes 'Dawn'

No news is good news

Tazeen Javed comments on Monday's stream of bad news about Pakistan

Now we have the right to information

'Daily Star' urges the immediate formation of an Information Commission to arbitrate information requests across all government agencies

Protecting speech freedom of a public information officer

Joe Hung agrees with the firing of the GIO officer stationed in Toronto, but also says government employees' freedom of speech should not be suppressed

Time to make some noise

Tom Plate writes that it is in the best interest of Japan, China and the United States to have North Korea's kidnapping of two U.S. journalists be more widely discussed in the media

Crawl street

Tom Plate argues in favor of a special prosecutor to punish Wall Street fraudsters in order to assure Asian investors and repair America's credibility

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