Free Markets, Free Media? Reflections On The Political Economy Of The Press In Asia


by Cherian, George (Ed.)

Free Markets, Free Media? Reflections On The Political Economy Of The Press In Asia

Price:  US$30.80   (SGD38.50*)
Format:  Paper Back, 164 pages
Published:  2008, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814136099
SB#:  044961 (102)

About This Book

Press systems across Asia have undergone dramatic change in recent decades. The grip of authoritarian governments has been prised open by democratic forces in the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia. Other regimes, such as China and Vietnam, retain tight political control but have allowed the growth of aggressively market-driven sectors that have transformed the media landscape. This faith in markets forces, though nowhere unconditional, has been strong enough to have an effect on the discourse on and practice of press freedom. From diverse vantage points, the writers in Free Markets, Free Media? reflect on the impact of market forces upon efforts to build and consolidate more democratic media in Asia. Issues addressed include the argument for public funding to support media diversity, the need for grassroots media to better reflect non-elite priorities and concerns, developments in newsroom practices, biases in profit-oriented news media, and challenges to investigative journalism.


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