Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Child marriage in Southeast Asia
By  • 8 November 2018
In late October, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive to state officials: raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen years old. The move came after a huge public outcry earlier this year…
Rohingya share tales of repression
Burning villages. Dead bodies. Overcrowded boats full of desperate Rohingya refugees looking for a haven.  Such is the legacy of the Myanmar government's offensive against its Muslim-minority Rohingya people in the country's Rakhine state. At…
Rohingya crisis in Myanmar after attacks
By  • 6 October 2017
Just two years ago, once-isolated Myanmar seemed firmly on a new course. Longtime opposition [caption id="attachment_5994" align="alignright" width="300"] Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and Myanmar state counselor (AP Photo/Mark Baker)[/caption] leader and Nobel laureate…
Malaysia's 1MDB and Europe's migrants
By  • 2 June 2017
On this two-part edition of Global Journalist, a look at political corruption in Malaysia and a controversial new film about migration to Europe. In Malaysia, the country's politics have been in turmoil for two years…
Indonesia's struggle to save tropical forests
By  • 28 April 2017
A new book highlights possible answers to deforestation in the tropics. Preventing climate change is often linked to cutting back on the use of fossil fuels. Yet the clearing of carbon dioxide consuming tropical forests harms…
Indonesia's rapid deforestation
By  • 27 April 2017
Indonesia has one of the world's largest remaining areas of tropical forests. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts of climate-warming…
Obama's embrace of Asian autocrats draws criticism
By  • 7 October 2016
"Officials are always going to be worried that if they push countries away [they] will turn closer to China." As President Barack Obama tried to pivot U.S. foreign policy from the Middle East to Asia…
Grading Obama's Asia pivot
By  • 6 October 2016
Rebalance in U.S. relations yields mix results A key pillar of President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been the attempted "pivot to Asia." The idea was that under President Bush, the U.S. expended enormous resources…
Malaysian journalists plan rally for suspended publications
By  • 3 August 2015
Journalists in Malaysia are planning a new rally Aug. 8 the capital Kuala Lumpur in support of two publications suspended for reports on mismanagement of a state-owned investment fund. The Coalition of Press Freedom, an…
Malaysia raises penalties for sedition law
By  • 16 April 2015
Malaysia's parliament has voted to strengthen a colonial-era sedition law criticized by the U.N. and human rights groups in a move that would give the government new powers to censor online media. The amendments approved April 10…
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