On Saturday, March 28th we had a wonderful information session at the BitCoin Korea center in Itaewon capped off with a delicious lunch at Dillinger’s where some of our members actually paid for their meals with BitCoin! For those of you who weren’t able to make it, here’s a brief summary. Whether it is the future of banking or whether it can take down banking systems or sovereign fiat currency, it really does make us reassess how we can more accurately cover the convergence of tech and finance.
BitCoin comes literally from a computer program that is attributed to be the creation of ‘Satoshi’. Nobody knows who he/she/it exactly is. People have tried to hack IP addresses and the source code itself to find out who made this thing. No success. However, the BitCoin community notes that Satoshi writes on forums with perfect British English grammar.
The February 28 tea talk on defamation laws in Korea had a great turnout. The topic was “How not to get sued and what to do if you do (as a reporter)!” and the guests were Korea University Law Professor Park Kyung-shin, former correspondent Michael Breen, and Korea Observer’s Lee Tae-hoon.
Seoul-based AAJA-Asia member, Salgu Wissmath, recapped the event:
At the last Tea Talk we discussed South Korea’s defamation laws. Korea has both falsity defamation laws and truth defamation laws. If you publish something false that causes defamation, you can be charged with falsity defamation. This is similar to defamation laws in other countries. However, in Korea, if you publish something true that causes defamation, you can also be charged with truth defamation. Not only that, you can be charged both civilly and criminally.
This means you can be punished criminally for publishing true statements, if someone feels the statements have defamed them. In most other places truth is automatically a case against defamation. But in Korea you must prove “public interest.” The scope of what is considered “public interest” is very narrow. For example, there was a case where some workers protested outside their workplace with placards that stated they were not getting paid. The boss filled a criminal complaint. Even though the statements on the placards were true, they were not considered to be solely for public interest, and the workers were found guilty.
What does the award honor?
This award recognizes the best journalism that features “new ways of storytelling” using any sort of digital technology to tell stories that matter in the region.
In partnership with the award’s sponsor Google, AAJA is looking for the best and brightest work that tells the continuing story and issues of how our society continues to evolve in the physical and digital world.
Dear AAJA-Asia members,
The results are in for AAJA-Asia’s recent election! Please join us in congratulating this group of passionate and talented professionals who have stepped up to lead our chapter:
1. Chapter Co-presidents: Angie Lau (Hong Kong) & Yuriko Nagano (Tokyo)
2. At-large board member A (term until December 2016): Jeremiah Foo (China & Japan)
3. At-large board member B (term until December 2015): Youkyung Lee (Seoul)
4. National board representative: Blessing Waung (Hong Kong)
5. China Vice President (write-in nomination): Allen Cheng
All terms begin today and will last until December 2016, with the exception of At-large board member B.
Thanks to Billy Wong at HKU and Lauren Hardie for organizing the special election.
Save the date! The chapter board, with these new leaders in place, are planning for another great New.Now.Next conference. We’ll be holding N3 this year in Seoul for the first time May 22-24.We’d love to hear from you about panel and workshop ideas. Please send them to Sean Lim.
We look forward to an amazing new chapter of AAJA-Asia. Thank you for being an important part of this journey.
AAJA-Asia Chapter Board
By AAJA-Asia member Lauren Hardie in Seoul
In this profession, no matter our achievements, we are all constantly learning.
What is diversity and does it matter for journalists in Asia? One of the core tenants of AAJA is to promote diversity in newsrooms in the US and to advocate for fair media coverage of communities, but these issues are also important in our part of the world. Diversity is not just about gender and ethnicity, according to the following video.
The video clip is from the New.Now.Next Media Conference, held in Hong Kong in May 2013. The panelists are Doris Truong, multiplatform editor at the Washington Post; Paul Cheung, global interactive editor in New York for the Associated Press; Sharon Chan, associate opinions editor at the Seattle Times; and Bobby Calvan, chairman of AAJA’s MediaWatch. The moderator is Ken Moritsugu, enterprise editor at the Associated Press.
Chan points out that AAJA’s diversity mission IS important in Asia: The leaders of many large US media organizations do not reflect diversity, nor do their bureau chiefs. The fact remains that white editors in New York still control white editors in bureaus in Asia and other places abroad. Watch the discussion here: