Friday, 12 December 2008

Danger Of Internet Journalism In Asia

If you ever thought blogging was safe, think again.

Because frankly, folks, there is no safety in internet journalism.

As the year draws to an end, journalists are continuing to go to jail across the world for attempting to report what governments don’t want them to report. And, despite the perception that there is relative safety in Internet journalism, bloggers are going to jail faster than members of the mainstream press, according to a survey by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

It's becoming increasingly evident to me that jailing dissenters is a common practice by Asian governments, such as China, Uzbekistan, Burma and not least, MALAYSIA.

Maybe we should make Cuba an honorary Asian country since it also jails its journalists.

Out of curiosity, why do you think Asian countries have so many despots?


Patricia said...

Hi Cranky,

In answer to your last question: I think it's education and poverty.

The poor, and the poorly educated are desperate for salvation, and buy into the promises made to them. Too late they learn otherwise.

I've always championed keeping a child in school. Help feed him, clothe him, somehow get his brain in gear. And help him break out of the cycle pre-ordained for him, should he drop out.

Thus, my always simmering anger with the whole idea of Tamil schools.


Anonymous said...


There's another good report here:"

The problem is obviously because of its weak-willed, intimidated citizens, corruption, money politics,feeble spirits and a host of other problems related to the agents of socialization. At the rate things are going now, the downhill trend will continue.

Take care, dear friend.

Have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

Crankster said...

I think you guys are right. It's largely due to the education one gets. Now education is not only about learning maths and science. It's also about analysing rationally and being able to think for oneself.

I this respect, I think most Malaysians are completely uneducated. They may score high marks in school but the fact is, they are paralysed mentally.

Maybe they can make up their mind what they want to have for dinner. But more than that, they rely on what authority tells them to do.

And they have serious issues going against authority because they are taught that no matter what, authority is always right. Even if in many cases, authority can be abused and misleading.

And I deduce that's how Malaysians became so weak-willed, feeble and easily intimidated.

This is exactly the condition that the Malaysian government thrives on.