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News media was the engine of journalism for past society. However, the development in recent decades has changed it. An inevitable series of transformation in technology, politics and economy has reshaped the communication landscape.
 
Today is World Press Freedom Day and the global situation is not promising, with that very freedom deteriorating in two-thirds of countries, according to an analysis published last week by the advocacy group Reporters without Borders.
 
As a communication for development professional, I have always had an interest in press freedom and freedom of expression. While surfing the internet recently, I made an amazing discovery: the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) in its website boasted to have documented the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 
What a difference a year makes. Last year, at the 29th ASEAN summit in Laos, a Chairman's Statement, without mentioning China,
 
North Korea has officially asked for ASEAN's support in its row with the U.S. over the current stand-off. Frankly speaking, it was a bit too late and also unwarranted.
 
The losses that Nepal suffered in the 2015 earthquakes were staggering.
 
As if the Panama Papers and Dawn report weren't enough, the prime minister also has some explaining to do regarding Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal's visit to Pakistan last week.
 
法國總統選制,值得台灣參考
 
According to legend, Alexander the Great's mother sent him a letter taunting him for being stuck in Afghanistan for three years after conquering Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Persia in a year. Alexander sent her back some Afghan earth to spread in her courtyard. Having tread on this, Macedonia's nobles began to bicker and fight amongst themselves.
 
Much has been said about Thai street food lately and all of it is true. The food is delicious and a major tourist attraction. The majority of Thais rely on them too. But the food is anything but hygienic and the vendors in many places have proved a nuisance to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The hawkers are mostly poor people who can't afford to rent retail space inside shopping malls.
 
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