Designed as an annual conference and a corresponding publication, Journalism Asia engaged journalists from all over Asia. Journalism Asia was published in 2001 to 2005. The five editions reported the issues affecting media in Asia. Leading journalists from Asia who attended the meetings contributed to the publication.
JA in either format fulfills the need for a sustained exchange of ideas among those in the press, opening up perspectives to the larger frame of discussion beyond national boundaries. It is important for Asian journalists to be able to dialogue and exchange ideas among themselves about issues taken up by larger international bodies or groups. This forum tends toward a regional perspective that would represent the various views and points of view in this part of the world. It is a way of strengthening international understanding of the cultural, political and social aspects of news in different parts of the world. Such a forum provides an empowering experience to members of the press in emerging or developing democracies, providing them an opportunity to test their ideas and insights among those with like experiences. Hopefully, this context will be brought as well to the larger international meetings of journalists from other parts of the world.
IN NOVEMBER 2010, CMFR held its fifth Journalism Asia Forum (JAF) as a way of observing the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre when 32 journalists and media workers were killed along with 26 others on the convoy led by Genalin Mangudadatu, the wife of then Buluan town mayor and now Maguindanao governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. CMFR organized this event in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).
The theme of JAF 2010 was “Impunity and Press Freedom”. One hundred eighteen journalists and media practitioners have been killed in the line of duty from 1986, the restoration of democracy in the Philippines. Seventy-nine happened during the Arroyo administration including the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre. In Southeast Asia, a total of 246 alert reports were posted from 2009 to 2010 indicating the fragile state of press independence and practice, even in countries where the laws provide for press autonomy.
Journalists and press freedom advocates from the Philippines, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam attended the 2010 forum. It was held at the Pandanggo Hall of the Manila Hotel.
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Journalism Asia publications:
- Journalism Asia 2010: Press Freedom and Impunity
- Journalism Asia 2005: Pluralism in the Newsroom
- Journalism Asia 2004: Media and Elections
- Journalism Asia 2003
- Journalism Asia 2002: Media and Terrorism
- Journalism Asia 2001: Media in Bloom