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2004 -- What was the top AsiaMedia Story?

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Clay Dube
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2004 -- What was the top AsiaMedia Story?

In terms of the number of readers, the story about the short-lived nude newscast on Hong Kong cable television, was the most popular. But what story was the most important? The incredible dangers associated with reporting in Bangladesh? Hong Kong's energetic Independent Commission Against Corruption's pursuit of journalists eager to protect their sources? The new Malaysian government's suppression of some websites? China's continued strengthening of the Great Internet Firewall?

Weigh in here on what MEDIA story you believe to be the most important. Please feel free to draw upon the AsiaMedia search engine to find stories to support your argument. AsiaMedia's advanced search can be found at:

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Cartoonists -- You have to love them. Even in Nepal with journalists being censored, imprisoned, tortured, and executed, the cartoonists are brave enough to express their opinions about what is happening to their compatriots in journalism. Perhaps the government does not take cartoons seriously, or maybe they feel compelled to allow some release of the steam so that the pot does not explode. For whatever reason, the cartoonists give treasured relief when columns and articles are left impotent under the regime of dictating governments.[Edit by="bbrown on Mar 26, 7:43:55 PM"][/Edit]

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I just read three articles concerning internet use in China. I am not suprised that China censors internet usage by limiting internet cafes since the government is concerned that the people will become "tainted" with outside perspectives. Since the internet serves as a media outlet to many Chinese people, it allows people to speak out against the government which might start protests. I found that censoring internet access to middle school students most interesting. I agree with China's government about their concern with middle school students and internet cafes being build near schools. This is a preventive caution that should be considered around the globe. By limiting internet access China is preventing students from viewing adult material such as pornography and/or violent images. Another article briefly mentioned the availability of suicide manuals online, and how adolescents are often intrigued by these sites. The intense pressure that some Asian kids face to do well in school probably increases the popularity of these sites. The article did not mention if this led a rise to suicide rates or not. Sometimes adolescents are more prone to viewing material that is labeled taboo but do not necessarily act on it.