Stories written by Lynette Lee Corporal

THAILAND: Three Years On, Cyber Crime Law Stifling Debate – Critics

Many netizens worldwide have long realised that the Internet is not completely without fetters, but those in Thailand say a three-year-old law is now practically choking Thai self-expression and right to information in cyberspace.

THAILAND: ‘Reforms’, Emergency Situation Weigh Heavily on Media

Thailand's media are not very happy these days, and it's not only because of an emergency decree that turns three months old next week.

THAILAND: In Wake of Crackdown, Anger Peaks against Foreign Media

Resentment here toward the foreign media had been simmering in the wake of the Thai government's crackdown against protesters in May, but it nearly came to a boil when Thai panelists aired their frustrations recently about what they called western bias, misunderstandings of the Thai political culture and reporting that tried to fit events into a bad-versus-evil contest.

THAILAND: Social Media Provide Space for Arguments, Catharsis

After months of turmoil, silence – albeit an uneasy one – has finally fallen over the streets of Bangkok. But the shouting continues in cyberspace as Thais and even foreign residents bicker and debate over what this South-east Asian country has just experienced, as well as about the challenges it continues to face.

Conflict reporting in Thailand comes with a very high price as two journalists and many more were injured in recent weeks. Credit: Lynette Lee Corporal/IPS

THAILAND: Media Deaths, Threats Part of the Crisis Story

As big a story as this week's crackdown on anti-government protests in Thailand is the significant number of journalists killed or hurt, and media professionals and organisations threatened during the country's most serious political conflict in years.

THAILAND: Media Grapple with Questions of Credibility, Bias

Two months into Thailand's anti-government protests and as an army-led blockade is underway to end them, the media are struggling with challenges to their credibility and perceptions of bias in the South-east Asian country's gravest political stalemate in years.

ASIA: In a Globalised World, Media Need Sharper Legal Weapons

Newspapers threatened with lawsuits across borders. Journalists feeling lost as they seek redress in cases where the state is less than impartial in investigating the killings of journalists. Media caught in attempts to use religion to curtail room for public debate.

ASIA: Journalists Lament Media Bias vs Ethnic Minorities

Despite issues of discrimination and violence hounding ethnic minorities, they continue to lack ‘voice' in the mainstream press and suffer prejudices from journalists themselves.

ASIA: English-Language Media a Double-Edged Sword?

The English language, as a medium for reporting in the region, is both a boon and a bane for many countries in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of getting ‘heard' or generally being ignored by the global community.

MEDIA-ASIA: Parents Try to Keep Up with Net-savvy Youngsters

Many parents are scratching their heads as they watch youngsters in the Asia- Pacific region create often-private online worlds, feeling lost over how to be a part of it and oversee their Internet lives.

THAILAND: Media Crackdown a Mistake, Say Analysts

For press freedom advocates, it was bad enough, though not totally surprising, to hear that the government had shut down the opposition media amid the state of emergency in the Thai capital. But alarming to them is the gagging even of independent news sites.

PHILIPPINES: Party-list Legislators Often Forgotten in Poll

Second-class legislators. A different political species in the Philippines' rough- and-tumble - and very personalistic - brand of electoral politics.

PHILIPPINES: Presidential Bets Perform To Woo Voters

Often described as too square and boring, Philippine presidential candidate Benigno Aquino III reaches out to the music-television generation as a smiling, hip-hop rapper in his television advertisement.

THAILAND: Media Caught in Red-or-Yellow Divide Too

Anyone who is still trying to look for neutrality or balance in the Thai media in these days of political ferment, ahead of large anti-government protests expected in the capital, has a pretty tough job.

ASIA: Religious Advocates Heed the Call of New Media

Not even religious advocates and leaders and can say no to the power of online media, whose call they are heeding in order to spread various messages of spirituality.

PHILIPPINES: Presidential Campaign Thrives in Online World Too

Festive days are here again in the Philippine political scene as 10 presidential candidates – ranging from the son of a former president to an environmentalist, a Christian minister and a former actor – battle it out for the voters' ‘yes' come May 10.

ASIA: Excitement, Fear Greet Changes in Media Landscape

The changing ‘face' of the media landscape in the Mekong region is eliciting both excitement and fear from observers and professionals alike.

THAILAND: ‘Media’s Election Coverage: Numbers High, Quality Low’

Elections are always a period of intense coverage by the Thai media. The sheer surfeit of stories on candidates of every political stripe and selected issues is guaranteed to raise media visibility a notch or two higher.


Q&A: Political Will, Governance Crucial to Climate Change Issue

How countries can develop and provide key services to their citizens while acting responsibly in limiting emissions is a balancing act for many Asian countries, including those in the Mekong region.

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DEVELOPMENT: ‘Gender Is No Distraction in Climate Change Talks’

As the countdown to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit draws to a close, gender and climate change advocates are doubling their efforts to make sure that 23 gender-related paragraphs in the negotiating text will make it to the new treaty that will be hammered out in December.

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MEDIA-ASIA: Senior Citizens Log On to the Wide, Wired World

They may be in their twilight years but Asia's senior citizens are not ready to be left behind — and forgotten — by the wide, wired world.

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