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Extra! 8,000 Migrants Stranded At Sea In Southeast Asia

"Out at sea with nowhere to go," reads the Friday front-page headline in Malaysian daily The Star, alongside a photo of Rohingya migrants waiting on a boat adrift off the coast of Thailand.

According to the UN, about 6,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Bangladesh are stranded at sea, a budding humanitarian disaster because Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are all turning away the migrant boats, many without food and water and dealing with spreading illness. International media and human rights organizations have described Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

“The Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian navies should stop playing a three-way game of human ping pong, and instead should work together to rescue all those on these ill-fated boats,” The Guardianquoted Human Rights Watch Asia's Phil Robertson as saying.

"Taking them in is not an option, say Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand," the newspaper writes, because it would send "the wrong message" to people in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was founded in 1971 and has a daily circulation of between 290,000 to 300,000.

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

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For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

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