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Four corruption myths / Fake news threat / Global Effective-O-Meter

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Four myths about corruption (opinion).  " Like any insidious disease, corruption presents multiple myths or red herrings to obfuscate its source and elude attempts to cure it."
Bo Rothstein, Professor of Government and Public Policy, University of Gothenburg/World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/four-myths-about-corruption/
Fake News: An Emerging Threat to Anticorruption Activists (opinion).  "Anti-anti-corruption forces are beginning to deploy the "fake news" tactics that garnered so much attention in recent elections, especially though not exclusively in the United States."
Shanil Wijesinha/Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2017/12/15/fake-news-an-emerging-threat-to-anticorruption-activists/
Stopping Dirty Money: The Global Eff…

India non-profit award / Korea civil servants / Australia PM nod

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Anti-graft award for Bengaluru-based ipaidabribe.com.   I Paid A Bribe - an anticorruption platform run by citybased non-profit Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy - was conferred the International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award 2017 at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) on December 8.
The Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/anti-graft-award-for-bengaluru-based-ipaidabribe-com/articleshow/62046217.cms
Civil servants give Korea anti-corruption law thumbs up.  Nine in 10 civil servants see the anti-graft law, criticized for being too tough and set to be watered down, as being helpful in combating corruption in South Korea, according to a poll released nearly 15 months after the law came into effect. 
Kin Da-sol/The Korea Herald: http://www.koreaherald.com…

Iran media / Myanmar glimmer / Malaysia-Indonesia exchange

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Iranian Media Urged to Report Corruption at All Levels.  Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has highlighted the need to constantly fight corruption and said media, while enjoying judicial immunity, should precisely and openly report proven cases of corruption at any level.
Iran Front Page: http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/iranian-media-urged-report-corruption-levels/
A new glimmer of hope for combating the scourge of corruption.  "The appointment of a new Anti-Corruption Commission headed by a respected former minister signals the start of a fresh campaign to tackle a problem that shames Myanmar."
Sithu Aung Myint/Frontier Myanmar:  https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/a-new-glimmer-of-hope-for-combating-the-scourge-of-corruption
Malaysia Corruption Watch, Indonesia's KPK…

Netflix corruption documentaries / Macau casino transactions / Korea jail sentence

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Netflix documentary series 'Rotten', 'Dirty Money' tackle food, corporate corruption.  Having tackled the topics of corruption and injustice through critically acclaimed documentaries like 13th, The Keepers and Making a Murderer, Netflix is setting its sights on the corporate world and global food production. 
Ray Flook/Bleeding Cool: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/12/14/rotten-dirty-money-netflix-doc-series/
Suspicious Transaction Reports Up at Macau Casinos.  Casinos are required to report such activity to the Financial Intelligence Office if the "natural, complexity, [or] the amount involved…indicates any activities of money laundering or terrorist financing."
Kevin Horridge/casino.org: https://www.casino.org/news/suspicious-transaction-reports-macau-casinos
South Korea prosecutor…

Sri Lanka perceptions / Hong Kong forum / Large whistleblower award

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Corruption and Complicity: Perceptions from across Sri Lanka. People from Jaffna, Ampara, Colombo, Deniyaya and Maskeliya were asked what the word "corruption" meant to them and whether they recognized their own complicity in corruption when, for instance, paying a bribe.
Groundviews -- Journalism for Citizens: http://groundviews.org/2017/12/15/corruption-and-complicity-perceptions-from-across-sri-lanka/
Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Anti-Corruption Forum 2018.  This annual forum gathers legal experts, in-house compliance professionals and government leaders together to discuss pertinent issues, corruption investigations and enforcement trends across Hong Kong and the Greater China. 
Asian Legal Business: http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/conferences/hk-anticorruption-2018
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Thailand loyalty test / Philippine zip lane / Australia foreign bribery

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Loyalties of head of Thailand anti-graft agency to be put to test.  National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) president Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit faces a tough test to prove he and the anti-graft agency will handle the case involving Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, his former boss, without fear or favour.
Nattaya Chetchotiros & Kornchanok Raksaseri/Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1374691/watcharapols-loyalties-to-be-put-to-test
Need documents from the gov't? The Philippine Post Office's 'Zip Lane' is waiting.  The 'Zip Lane,' based in Philippine Postal Corporation stations, can accept requests for and print documents from the National Bureau of Investigation, Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and Philippine Overseas Em…

ICC booklet launch / Pakistan social impediment / Australia new survey

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ICC booklet on financial investigations and asset recovery.  "While the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") does not have jurisdiction over financial crimes as such (e.g. money laundering or corruption), clear links exist between the mandate of the Court and the efforts of the international community to combat these crimes."
International Criminal Court: https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/other/Freezing_Assets_Eng_Web.pdf
Corruption termed major social impediment in Pakistan.   Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said corruption was not just a moral hazard but a major hindrance in establishing a just, peaceful and prosperous society during his remarks at "United Against Corruption for a Just, Peaceful and Prosperous Pakistan", a seminar organised by the Federal Investi…

Stolen asset database / New India think-tank / Afghanistan tonnage scales

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StAR Corruption Cases Database (Asset Recovery Watch & Settlements Database).  The StAR Asset Recovery Watch database tracks efforts by prosecution authorities worldwide to go after assets that stem from corruption.
Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative/The World Bank & UNODC: https://star.worldbank.org/corruption-cases/
Economic Development Society will focus on war against corruption in India.  Alarmed by the galloping corruption derailing development on all fronts, a large army of socially conscious educationists and entrepreneurs in India have come together to launch the Economic Development Society, a 'think-tank' promising efforts to force transparency in governance, with fighting corruption a top priority
Deccan Chronicle: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/161217/economic-…

Thailand control measures / Settling corruption prosecutions / Bangladesh banking sector

Get AP-INTACT posts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/apintactnetwork) If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. Thai anti-corruption agency issues Guidelines on Appropriate Internal Control Measures for Juristic Persons. Issued 15 December 2017, these guidelines by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC) set out the fundamental elements of what constitute effective internal control by a juristic person to prevent its employees and its associated persons from bribing public officials and are produced as part of a wider effort by the NACC to tackle the supply side of corruption.The Government Gazette in Thai: http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/A/125/11.PDFThe Guidelines in English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4EqHTtPIUhbUmpKRmhOU2VCcWc/viewThank you to Ms. Orawan Phuwatharadol, International Affairs Officer, Bureau of International Affairs, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Co…

SPECIAL REPORT: A Round-Up of Events in Asia-Pacific Marking the Int'l Anti-Corruption Day 2017 (9 December)

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Get AP-INTACT posts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/apintactnetwork) If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. BANGLADESH:ACC Chairman calls for stand against corrupt people.  Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said that people should stand against the corrupt ones right now as their arrogance has crossed the limit during a discussion held as part of the Commission's celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme 'Come: Get united against the corrupt' at the auditorium of the Jatiya Natyashala of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy.  http://www.thedailystar.net/country/acc-chairman-iqbal-mahmud-calls-stand-against-corrupt-people-1502542International Anti-Corruption Day observed.  The International Anti-Corruption Day was observed across the country in a befitting manner with the theme 'Come, Get united against the corrupt'. ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud inaugurate…

Indonesialeaks launched / India anti-corruption echo / Asia upward trend

Get AP-INTACT posts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/apintactnetwork) If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. Indonesialeaks launched to report corruption.  Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), in collaboration with Indonesian mass media, recently launched a whistleblower platform, called Indonesialeaks, for the public to report corruption acts.Tempo: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/12/14/055914113/Tempo-News-ICW-Launches-Indonesialeaks-to-Report-Corruption Echoing the Anti-Corruption Wave in India (opinion).  "Continual systemic, cultural and political challenges contribute to India being viewed as a country devoid of anti-corruption laws and mechanisms, thereby making the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wary of business practices in India."Terence K. McLaughlin and Shruti Chopra/Inside Counsel: https://www.law.com/insidecounsel/sites/insidecounsel/2017/12…

Global wave / Japan anti-money laundering / Cybercrimes in 2018

If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. A global anti-corruption wave (opinion).  "When other countries like Saudi Arabia and China are achieving quick results, Pakistan's accountability process makes us look like a country where no one is serious about our national wealth and doomed economy."Shaheen Sehbai/Daily Times: https://dailytimes.com.pk/154939/global-anti-corruption-wave/ Japan to strengthen money-laundering guidelines.  Japan will issue new guidelines against money laundering in an effort to prevent funds from getting into the hands of terrorist and criminal organizations and to shake its reputation as weak on dirty money.Anti-Corruption Digest: https://anticorruptiondigest.com/anti-corruption-news/2017/12/09/japan-to-strengthen-money-laundering-guidelines/?utm_source=Anti%20Corruption%20Digest&utm_campaign=ACD%20RSS%20Feed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=anti_digest%20 Fake news, …

SPECIAL REPORT: A Round-Up of Events in Asia-Pacific Marking the Int'l Anti-Corruption Day 2017 (9 December)

Get AP-INTACT posts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/apintactnetwork) If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. BANGLADESH:ACC Chairman calls for stand against corrupt people.  Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said that people should stand against the corrupt ones right now as their arrogance has crossed the limit during a discussion held as part of the Commission's celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme 'Come: Get united against the corrupt' at the auditorium of the Jatiya Natyashala of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy.  http://www.thedailystar.net/country/acc-chairman-iqbal-mahmud-calls-stand-against-corrupt-people-1502542International Anti-Corruption Day observed.  The International Anti-Corruption Day was observed across the country in a befitting manner with the theme 'Come, Get united against the corrupt'. ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud inaugurate…

We must unite / Bangladesh cartoon exhibit / China concealed extravagance

Get AP-INTACT posts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/apintactnetwork) If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser's address bar instead. To End Corruption, We Must Unite (blog post).  "December 9th was International Anti-Corruption Day; a day on which to remember that we live in a world where every single dollar counts, particularly when aimed at helping the poorest, most vulnerable women, children and men."Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/HuffPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/to-end-corruption-we-must-unite_uk_5a2e7dfee4b0d7c3f2622499 Anti-corruption cartoon and photography exhibit.  A cartoon and photography exhibition with the theme of anti-corruption is underway In Dhaka's Zainul Gallery (Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University) as part of Transparency International at the Bangladesh's (TIB) continuing efforts to engage the youth in raising awareness to say no to corruptio…