[Final Press Release] Publishers are Bullish on APAC Market but Concerned about Misinformation, According to Report Commissioned by the Society of Publishers in Asia

Research performed by Economist Impact, commissioned by the Society of Publishers in Asia and supported by the Google News Initiative, highlights long-term unsustainability in the Asia-Pacific’s news media industry despite evergreen demand – stressing the need for technological and business model innovation

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[Launch Event] News Sustainability Report: Panel Discussion

News Sustainablity Report 2022 | Panel Discussion

News Sustainability Report launch panel includes Joey Chung of News Lens, Ritu Kapur of The Quint, and Ross Settles of Journalism and Media Studies Centre – The University of Hong Kong. The discussion was moderated by Sharanjit Leyl of Redhill.

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[Report Launch] The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) ‘News Sustainability: Investing in the Future of Asia-Pacific’s Info-Ecosystem’

The ‘News Sustainability: Investing in the Future of Asia-Pacific’s Info-Ecosystem’ report aims to provide insights that may help news media industry executives, investors and policymakers build more sustainable news media companies.

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The Society of Publishers in Asia announces board for 40th anniversary year

  Hong Kong, February 21, 2022 – The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to pursuing excellence in journalism, has announced the reelection of Byron Perry, the founder and CEO of Coconuts Media, as its Chairman at SOPA’s 39th Annual General Meeting. This year will mark SOPA’s 40th anniversary…

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SOPA Voices Concern Over Rising Pressures on Independent Hong Kong Media

In the past week, two Hong Kong independent media outlets, Stand News and Citizen News, have closed down; Stand News after former and current executives were arrested by national security police and its assets frozen; Citizen News announced its closure today, citing the safety of its staff as reason. Both organizations have been recognized by…

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The Society of Publishers in Asia registers concern over the recent passing of the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Act in Singapore

The Society of Publishers in Asia notes with concern the recent passing of the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Act (FICA) in Singapore.   While the threat of coordinated interference in any country’s domestic politics is real, the overly broad wording of the bill allows the Singapore government to block content, request user information, and restrict apps…

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SOPA Statement on Apple Daily Closure

SOPA, the Society of Publishers in Asia, is deeply concerned by the developments that have led to the closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper, which published its final print edition on Thursday after 26 years. Apple Daily was a member of SOPA and the work of its journalists has been honored with numerous SOPA…

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SOPA Voices Concern Over Arrest of Apple Daily Executives, Urges HK Authorities to Uphold Principles of Press Freedom

SOPA, the Society of Publishers in Asia, notes with concern the Hong Kong authorities’ actions against Next Digital, publisher of the Apple Daily, and urges the government to uphold the principles of press freedom, including freedom of expression when assessing risks to national security. Authorities on Thursday arrested five executives of publisher Next Digital, including…

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SOPA Urges Uttar Pradesh Authorities to Drop Criminal Complaints Against The Wire, Independent Journalists

SOPA, the Society of Publishers in Asia, notes with concern reports of criminal complaints filed against news outlet The Wire for its reporting on the case of an elderly Muslim man who was recently assaulted in Uttar Pradesh. Journalists Saba Naqvi, Rana Ayyub and Mohammed Zubair are also facing criminal complaints for their reporting on…

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