Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders issued its World Press Freedom Index Wednesday. Asia's four communist regimes — North Korea (177th place), China (171st), Vietnam (165th) and Laos (168th) — all did poorly once more. Timor-Leste is down this year to 93rd spot. That is certainly not a good sign for a small country with […]
There was a panel discussion about Pakistan at SOAS last week with some of Pakistan's most respected journalists covering a variety of issues. Here are some of the highlights in audio form. Rahimullah Yusufzai, executive editor, Peshawar, The News, on the relationship between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda: Rahimullah Yusufzai Beena Sarwar, editor, Special Projects (Aman […]
For anyone keeping tabs on my whereabouts — I'm looking at you, mother — I will be in Bangladesh for a few weeks from August 1. I don't know exactly how long I'll stay. I have eight stories to write, so I guess I'll stay until I get those done. If any of you happen […]
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While I've been in Southeast Asia, I've spent a fair amount of time on arguably the region's top two island resorts: Bali and Phuket. They're like the Mecca of Southeast Asian islands for Western travellers, and it's easy enough to see why: beaches, cheap booze, parties, sunshine — the whole shebang. The fact that these […]