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on the trip i would not have put myself and my parents. in a beautifully the way. it would have to give them i had serious problems on a personal level and i was unable to live their lives and going to. want to know their story through migrants terrified and reliable information for my grades. this is the good news asia coming off in the program have press freedoms of me and . she. says they have knowledge. in a climate of fear of. the risks of living on the mekong river. caused by mining is threatening riverside communities. and the
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south koreans are in a rush to see the start of section of this museum to look at why feelings of being this yeah. i'm british welcome to news asia it's good to have you with us imagine you're walking in your computer and you see your files being moved before your very eyes all police telling you they know all of the private events you vulcanize on social media this is a reality but reality for many foreign journalists in china then also surveillance and government interference on them wasn't in twenty it's part of a report published by the beijing based foreign correspondents club of china or f.c.c. see here are some chilling accounts from correspondents matthew carney of the australian
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broadcasting corporation says in my phone i have actually seen them in my g. mail opening and closing files. cathy long from the b.b.c. says on two separate occasions my phone call was interrupted and i heard a recording of by a call being played back down the line to me one hundred nine members of the two hundred full responded to that survey but it isn't just china where journalists are facing dangers doing their work i mean much journalists why alone and jews are all have been in prison for a little over one year for allegedly violating the country's official secrets act they have been sentenced to seven years in prison their continued incarceration comes in the midst of what human rights watch has described as a climate of fear among journalists in myanmar in a report the rights group accuses the civilian government led by nobel laureate
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aung san suu kyi of failing to revise or oppressive laws the report says instead the government has used them against peaceful critics and protesters and reasonability joining us now from young gone is phil robertson from human rights watch and he's deputy director of the asia division phil thank you very much for speaking to us can i just ask you at the outset is your own son responsible for the deterioration of press freedom in myanmar. well she's certainly playing a role in this it's her political party that is overseeing the teary a sion a free expression and the diminishing respect for media freedom in this country she's done nothing to with to constrain her m.p.'s and other members of her party from bringing criminal defamation cases against the media or getting them for the under the telecommunications act the very infamous article sixty sixty of the telecommunications act we're seeing time and time again
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a failure by the n l the to raise these issues of press freedom to defend journalists in fact they tend to take the other side that you know whoever is suing the journalist whoever's going after the journalist must have some sort of sufficient cause to do so we have seen time and time again also an allegation that somehow the journalists have offended some with dignity as if that's enough to proceed with a criminal prosecution but but what is the reason behind his wife this happening with own sign to achieve once considered democracy i can well quite clearly she doesn't. appreciate any sort of criticism of her rule i think she has increasingly adopted a much more autocratic form of rule and you know she has encouraged her parliamentarians to be quite tough with the media. you know the problem is we're
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seeing these actions spread like a virus almost you know there's more and more of these actions against journalists coming up not just by the military but also by the government and in some cases also by. various different individual actors what would you say is the state of press freedom now in myanmar is that as bad as it was under the military dictatorship. well i don't think it could ever be that bad i mean let's recall that when we had the sorkin s.b.c. governments people were afraid to talk in the shops and there was really no independent media whatsoever but what i would say is going baird where it was in two thousand and sixteen when the government here took over from that tense and government situation has gotten worse rather than better so it's in the modern era and democratic euro we're looking at a decline in press freedom phil robertson from here one rights watch thank you very
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much for speaking to us thank you for millions of people in southeast asia the mighty mikko river is the art tree of life over sixty million people depend on the mekong in some way it flows more than four thousand kilometers through six countries on its way to the so china sea in the mekong delta most communities live right on the river banks but their way of life is increasingly under threat from a manmade problem. tatty came and is free fielding her life in the dead of the night the entire front of her house collapsed into the mekong river and with it almost everything she owned. and i now live i love the distance from my house to the river used to be more than ten meters. and then there was the bedroom a kitchen
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a small yard then came the water. everything collapsed into the river all of it is lost experts say man made over asia and is causing the land in this part of the delta to sink about two centimeters per year. it's leading to dramatic scenes like this. roge and is rapid. and caused by two main factors. the construction of upstream dams and laos cambodia and china and unregulated sand mining fueled by an insatiable regional demand for the construction resource both are draining the river of sediment that's needed to keep currents and check with outside and river
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beds become deeper and currents become stronger currents that eat away at the banks of the ne can. authorities say their options are limited especially when it comes to damming in other countries. or would it get it on an oil. we cannot stop upstream countries from building those dams we can only try to cooperate with them to minimize the negative effect on us. brought it's a very difficult matter to solve internationally. all we can do is work locally here in the mekong delta. we ourselves we have to save ourselves. one way to do that is to relocate but many people here are hesitant to move away from their source of livelihood their ancestors have lived here for millennia and at least for now they'll stay.
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camp on dates is joins us from thailand but she's a conservationist with international rivers and is campaigning to save the mekong river is it is good to see you how serious is this problem and what is the impact it's having. i would say that it's been very serious reflect on the. emergency because since the first that was filled in you non-profitable time that around. nine to ninety six gradually more and more of them has been built on the australians which is just like less than three hundred fifty big you know meters up through a file border that's the in gee we just change an ecosystem particularly the water fluctuations you know it does michael river there was a lego depends largely on the winds will shift like a grand fret but when the dam acts three and controls the flow that means the fish
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migration wrap the group up and security for security and come to make up the balance we represent communities have to be lashed that's right and they're already facing the impact of the erosion of the recon river has there been any support asked by either from the government all from private initiatives to support them. we haven't seen any political reels from the wrapper in the government chair to acknowledge or to solve this problem but what is small is that there would be more and more of the downside. being built in the down three flights by companies in cambodia or by chinese companies for example so it's like the south american allowing. us to talk i think more and more last hydropower investment on this as you know we were actually shift knowing where we need more time to rebrand or
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likely he was a fifty million people. from international river thank you very much for speaking to us into broken. well out of the bonnie and into the limelight it's the year of the pig this one museum in south korea is making hay of all sign popularity located in not far from the capitol hill the museum consists of variety of attractions including performances and fine inspired ought to feast your eyes on . may be on the rise this year that these pop a no strangers to the limelight. the star attraction at the pig museum in south korea. popular with kids and adults alike. my family came here to visit the
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pig museum and we hope to have good luck in the new year. as well as petting and feeding is also an art gallery displaying thousands of works in the country and the world. considered to be a symbol of wealth and look the year of the pig is coming so people will pay much more attention to pigs the number of visitors this month is about thirty percent higher than the same period last year and is expected to exceed one hundred twenty thousand this year. and this is a come to say. i did i never thought pigs could be so small and quick this so cute. proof pretty popular and in this year of the pig many more chances to write them. that's a familiar can find online a bit of
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to build its new yes s.u.v. model in the united kingdom. and a new twist to food shopping for new nine years and the british. welcome to your business asia i want to get jones good to have you with us. german chancellor angela merkel is in the japanese capital tokyo meeting with the japanese prime minister should so in a joint press conference both stressed the importance of close trade ties in times of rising protectionism this it comes just three days after a sprawling trade pact between the e.u. and japan came into force. good friends are important especially in hard times that's why german chancellor angela merkel has been emphasizing during her visit to japan a major ally in her call for free trade but their relationship is about more than trade bintan from my years. i am in japan for the fifth time now but we've met
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seventeen times already. and we've always worked well together even at international conferences.

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