Asia Pacific Media Educator


As the Lao People's Democratic Republic goes through a period of "controlled development" local journalists are beginning to re-examine their role in communicating "development" messages from the government to the people. While most of the journalists do not have any formal training in journalism, their inquiries on what to them are new concepts of reporting issues of development in Laos highlights the inherent conflict between critical free reporting with "development news reporting". This article. based on my short stay in Vientiane in April, describes the circumstances that Lao journalists are working in since the country started its economic reforms in 1979.