MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, supports the appeal for help being made by The Nut Graph (http://thenutgraph.com/), an independent Malaysian news website launched in August 2008 that is strapped for cash because its original investors have decided they cannot continue funding it.“The Nut Graph is one of the few news websites in Malaysia that is objective and impartial and checks its facts,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Committed to responsible journalism ever since its creation, it has become an indispensible source of information that can explain Malaysian politics. We are very worried by its possible disappearance, which would seriously weaken media diversity in Malaysia.”Nowadays widely used by university academics and researchers, the site launched a fund-raising appeal on 1 August after its original investors said in May that they would not be able to continue funding it beyond next March (http://www.thenutgraph.com/the-nut-graph-needs-your-support).In particular, Reporters Without Borders supports the requests for help that it has addressed to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Global Fund for Women, the Asia Foundation, Free Voice, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Society Institute. Its closure would put half a dozen journalists out of work.Online free expression is a fraught and complex issue in Malaysia, where the authorities tend to regard the Internet as an opposition medium. The Internal Security Act, which allows the authorities to detain people for up to two years without trial, has been used to arrest two leading bloggers, Raja Petra “RPK” Kamaruddin and P. Uthayakumar.Held from 12 September to 7 November last year, RPK still faces defamation and sedition charges in connection with articles posted on his Malaysia Today (http://mt.m2day.org/2008/) blog. August 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading news website needs new funding New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News March 17, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Malaysia MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Organisation News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out more
View Comments Based on the 1987 film of the same name, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage features a book by Eleanor Bergstein, who also penned the screenplay for the film. The production will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch, based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. With unforgettable songs like “Hungry Eyes,” the Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” and classics like “Do You Love Me?,” Dirty Dancing is a pop culture icon. The film version featured Patrick Swayze as Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Baby. Watch the film’s iconic final dance sequence in the video below! Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage began performances on London’s West End in October 2006 and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. The show closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year U.K. national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre. Dirty Dancing is currently represented by a new U.K. tour, which launched in March 2014. Hey, baby! Do you have hungry eyes (and ears) for a stage version of Dirty Dancing? Then you’re in luck: the musical adaptation of the hit film will launch its national tour in Washington, D.C. this summer. The production will premiere at at The National Theatre on August 26 before touring over 30 different markets in North America. Additional cities and casting have yet to be announced. It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.