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Journalism and Democracy in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Bromley, Angela Romano


208 pages

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Journalism and Democracy in Asia addresses key issues of freedom, democracy, citizenship, openness and journalism in contemporary Asia, looking especially at China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and India. The authors take varying approaches to questions of democracy, whilst also considering journalism in print, radio and new media, in relation to such questions as the role of social, political and economic liberalization in bringing about a blooming of the media, the relationship between the media and the development of democracy and civil society, and how journalism copes under authoritarian rule.

With contributions from highly regarded experts in the region examining a broad range of issues from across Asia, this book will be of high interest to students and scholars in political communications, journalism and mass communication and Asian studies.


'Journalism and Democracy in Asia is totally absorbing in every one of its thirteen well written, well researched and knowledgeable chapters.' - John Herbert

'This is a collection for journalism students with a particular interest in what is happening in Asia, but political scientists will need to look elsewhere for systematic studies of the interaction between the media and democratization there.'

- Peter Ferdinand, Centre for Studies in Democratization, Warwick University, UK

About the Editors

Angela Romano is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. She conducts research on journalism and politics in Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and East Timor. She is secretary of the Journalism Education Association (South Pacific) and has worked as a journalist in Australia and Indonesia.

Michael Bromley is Professor of Journalism at the University of Queensland. A former practicing journalist, he has taught at a number of UK and US universities and has published widely on journalism.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General