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Conflicts challenge the Asian news media

Volume 15, Issue 1

May, 2009

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Robie, D. (2009). Conflicts challenge the Asian news media. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(1): 230-233. Review of Media and Conflict Reporting in Asia, edited by Shyam Tekwani. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Nanyang Technological University, 2008, 203 pp. ISBN 978-981-4136-05-1. & Blood on their Hands: Infacticide in India and other stories, edited by Violet Valdez and others. Manila: Konrad Adenauer Asian Centre for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University, 2006, 155 pp. ISBN 978-971-550-518-5.
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
May, 2009

During the 1980s, I reported extensively on the indigenous Kanak struggle for political and social justice and independence in New Caledonia. Twice I was arrested by French troops in the course of my conflict reporting—once at gunpoint. (This saga was covered at length in my 1989 book Blood on their Banner.) Also, over this period I reported on social justice, human rights and conflicts in the Philippines, coediting a special edition of the journalists' union magazine Diarista. It is agaisnt this background- and also running a postgraduate course in Asia-Pacific Journalism- that i am reviewing these two books. Both are results of special projects in Asian journalism. Both are packed with case studies (13 in Media and Conflict and eight in Blood in thier Hands).