Dec 26, 2014

Israeli girl seriously wounded in West Bank firebomb attack

An Israeli man and his 11-year-old daughter were wounded Thursday when assailants threw a firebomb at their vehicle in the northern West Bank, the army said. A military spokeswoman told AFP the assailants, believed to be Palestinians, threw a Molotov cocktail at the car ...

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

Dec 11, 2014

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

by Kyoko Hasegawa

A chill wind is blowing through the media as a resurgent right pressures the country’s liberal voices in what analysts say is a threat to democracy as voters head to the polls for a general election. Cheered on by fringe groups, the mainstream right-wing ...

Tabloids brimming with anti-Korea diatribes

| Oct 12, 2013

Tabloids brimming with anti-Korea diatribes

by Mark Schreiber

For 11 consecutive days from the start of this month, every front page of the Yukan Fuji, a nationally circulated evening tabloid published by the Sankei Shimbun, was embellished with at least one negative reference to South Korea. Some headline excerpts: “S. Korea blasts ...

Media must take a stand against trolls

| Aug 31, 2013

Media must take a stand against trolls

by Philip Brasor

We live in an age of contention, when any comment can spark righteous indignation. Nominally conservative or progressive viewpoints become meaningless when every response is reactionary. This situation supposedly arose along with the Internet, which provides an unmediated outlet for every voice. Traditional media ...