Asia Pacific Media Educator


There is a growing debate in South East Asia regarding Asian perspectives in news reporting. This has been triggered by the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis. Commentators and politicians in the region have claimed that Western media reporting has played a role in undermining their economies. There is a strong feeling that their negative reporting of the region impacted on the loss of investor confidence There are also counter moves to establish an ‘Asian Media’, where the voices of the Asian people will be heard much louder and clearer. This paper attempts to look at some of the issues underlining these moves and how such an indigenous media could develop and what bottlenecks may lie ahead.