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"Unbowed and unafraid" is the motto of Sri Lankan newspaper the Sunday Leader

Despite having received numerous death threats throughout her career as a journalist in a country with a dismal press freedom record, its editor Federica Jansz appears to live by these words.

Jansz inherited her current position when the Sunday Leader's founding editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, an outspoken critic of the government, was murdered in broad daylight as he drove to work in January 2009. The case remains unsolved.

Yesterday, Jansz was one of dozens of Sri Lankan journalists, activists and opposition members who gathered in the capital, Colombo, to denounce the worsening climate of media suppression and intimidation, including a recent police raid on websites critical of the government, the alleged abduction of a journalist, and threats on Jansz's life by the president's younger brother in connection with the transportation of a puppy.

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Emma Knight

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2012-07-13 18:18

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is pleased to invite newspaper and online media managers and editors from select countries in South East Asia and Middle East & North Africa to apply for a groundbreaking new professional development programme.

The WAN-IFRA Media Professionals Programme (MPP) provides mid-level media professionals from the commercial and editorial side of newspapers and online media with personalised, high-impact leadership development opportunities. It equips them with sustainable strategies, skills and support networks to advance their careers and contribute to the growth of financially viable and editorially strong media enterprises in the region.

Media professionals from the following countries are encouraged to apply: Cambodia, Myanmar & Vietnam (SEA programme) and Egypt, Libya & Tunisia (MENA programme).

Successful applicants will benefit from the following development opportunities as part of the programme:

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Emma Goodman

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2012-05-23 09:29

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The New York Daily News tabloid has launched a new online section which seeks to appeal to the city’s South Asian residents, paidContent reported.

The new section, called “Desi,” features South Asian news curated for an American immigrant audience, including stories about Bollywood, cricket and politics, the article said. The stories found on Desi are a mixture of original content and articles from the digital newswire Newscred, the article said. As we previously reported, Newscred filters content from more than 750 sources around the world, creating personalized bundles of online content for publishers.

NY Daily News Digital Senior Vice President Steve Lynas told paidContent that according to research conducted by the newspaper, second and third generation immigrants demonstrated an interest in South Asian News, but presented through an American lens.

Lynas also said that culture is more of a factor in determining what news people are interested in, implying that the notion of local news in general can be redefined, the article said.

“I don’t see a zip code as a good filter for community,” Lynas told paidContent.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-23 12:55

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The historic electoral gains for Burma's heroine Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy may bring additional opportunities for the opposition to influence government from the inside, but Burma’s press freedoms still remain deeply restricted, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports

Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former political prisoner, and several other members of her party won at least 43 of 44 parliamentary seats in a by-election on Monday, though results have not yet been confirmed by the Election Commission, according to USA Today. Burma, controled by a military junta until last year, has begun transforming itself into a democracy, from holding public elections to giving foreign journalists access to the country to report on the voting, USA Today said.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-03 17:17

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The Indian English language daily, Hindustan Times, has just launched an iPhone news app, and claims to be the first Indian newspaper to do so, reported afaqs!

While the number of iPhone users in India does not represent a substantial number, the application "will primarily target iPhone users or non-resident Indians in the West."

The app will be offered for free and without advertisements, but HT does hope it will be able to embed ads on the news app, monetizing the application in the future.

The application will feature five vertical sections - national, world, business, Bollywood, and cricket - and photos. An HT spokesporn told faqs! That they are considering opening the iPhone app to local content once it is launched, providing an additional way to monetize the content.

Hindustan Times has a large following in Northern India and is the country's second-most read English newspaper. In the past, it has partnered up with the Washington Post and Google to provide additional news coverage.

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Maria Conde

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2010-05-18 18:50

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Good news for Apple fans worldwide: the iPad will be reaching parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia on May 28th, according to Paid Content.

The iPad may have launched in the U.S. on April 3rd, but until now, Apple fans outside the U.S. had not been able to get their hands on the device - at least not legally. At the time of the US launch of the tablet, Guardian reported that some eager British techies were using American companies to forward their iPads to Europe.

But as of May 10, Apple fans will be able to (legally) pre-order their iPads in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Swizerland, and Japan. In-store deliveries will begin on May 28.
According to Paid Content, Apple delayed its overseas sales because of an unexpectedly high amount of iPad sales in the U.S. In fact, Bloomberg reports that Apple stores in 13 U.S. cities are selling out of all versions of the iPad.

"Demand continues to exceed supply," Natalie Kerris, said an Apple spokeswoman. "We're working hard" to provide iPads to additional customers, she said.

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Maria Conde

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2010-05-07 19:13

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A new reform of a state secrets law enacted by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (China's legislative body) late April and will go into full effect on October 1st, puts greater pressure on media companies to protect state secrets and to cooperate with authorities in case there is a violation of the law, CPJ reported yesterday.

These reforms came as no surprise from a government that restricts its population's freedom of expression and is in full control of media outlets, censoring websites, imprisoning journalists, and even hacking into their email accounts.
But what is most worrisome about this particular law is that it does not define what exactly constitutes a "state secret" to Chinese authorities. CPJ believes the measure may be used as an excuse to punish journalists who publish any information that the government finds unwelcome. The law may also be used as a convenient cover for government officials who do not wish to disclose information on the grounds of 'state secrets.'

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Maria Conde

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2010-05-06 17:52

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Nikkei Inc., the Japanese newspaper publisher of Japan's five largest newspapers, has announced it will launch a paid digital edition for its business daily, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (known as The Nikkei), on March 23.

Access to the publisher's previous newspaper website, Nikkei Net was free of charge. However, after March 23, access to part of the content of the new website will be limited to paid subscribers only, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

Nikkei President Tsuneo Kita said in a news conference that the company is approaching "this project from a different concept than the conventional perception that information on the Net is free of charge."
The Japanese publisher, which also owns TV Tokyo and Nikkei CNBC, is hoping 300,000 users will sign up for the digital edition of The Nikkei within the first weeks of its launch. This newspaper already has one of the largest circulations in the world, with over 3,000,000 copies daily.

The monthly subscription will cost 4,000 yen or $44.30. For those who already have a print subscription, the digital edition will cost 1,000 yen.

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Maria Conde

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2010-03-18 14:41

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The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has launched a new mobile-optimised website for its Asia edition, and another for its Europe edition, allowing users to access regional news on any web-enabled mobile phone.

The Asia edition features updates from Asia.WSJ.com and includes text from the sections What's News, Markets, Technology, Opinion, Personal Finance and Life & Style, as well as additional market-specific news from China and India.

The Europe edition, from Europe.WSJ.com, features similar news sections, except with market-specific news from the UK and Europe and a section titled Europe In-Depth. It will update as often as the website itself.

The WSJ recently redesigned the Chinese version of its website. General manager of the WSJ digital network in Asia, Olivier Legrand, called the regional mobile site a "natural evolution for our product and a sign of our commitment in developing locally relevant products for our users".

"After launching regional sites, regional BlackBerry applications and local language sites, we continue to serve our readers with relevant products across all platforms," he said. The WSJ will continue to expand its digital network in Asia this year, he added, with plans for a mobile application for India and an iPhone application for Japan and China.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-01-22 13:03

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A half-dozen young men and a few women dressed in long Muslim outfits are sitting in an open space, repeating a few words in English. The instructor, a lady wearing a distinctive veil, sends one of her students to the board, and he starts writing a few words that his "schoolmates" have to repeat. We are in Hyderabad, India. Their native language is Urdu, a mix of Hindi with Arabic script, spoken by many Indian Muslims and widespread in Pakistan.

On the same floor, there is an insurance service office. On the opposite side, a TV studio with good, minimal equipment, with a large blue sheet on one of the back walls. The two rooms next door host a radio studio, for a station launched only a few days before, after months of waiting for the license. This is not a school of journalism, nor a social club, but The Siasat Daily's building, based in India's fifth-largest metropolis.

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Jean-Pierre Tailleur

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2009-12-21 15:32

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