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Digital Asia Rising

Ying Chan

Journalism and Media Studies Center

The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China


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Digital Asia Rising

  • World’s largest telecom and ICT market

  • World’s fastest growing telecom market

  • ICT industries major players in global markets – 3G, mobile applications

  • Recognized models of independent media

  • Proliferation of individual and alternative forms of media production

  • Emerging civil society in cyberspace


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Internet Penetration in Asia (Dec 2005)Source: Internetworldstats.com



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International Corporations Retreating from Journalism

  • Asiaweek (2001, Time Warner)

  • Far Eastern Economic Review (2004, DJ)

  • STAR TV (2005, News Corp)

  • Business Week International Edition (2005)

  • Asian Wall Street Journal (2005, DJ)

  • Time magazine (2005, Time Warner)


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Alternative Media Forms Challenging traditional Media

  • Ohmynews

  • Malaysiakini

  • Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism

  • EastSouthWestNorth

  • Blogs, portals


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The Paradigm Change

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  • Mainstream media vs. alternative media

  • MSM vs new media

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  • Corporate media vs independent media

  • Party/state media vs independent media


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Challenges Ahead

  • Bridging the digital divide inside Asia and within countries; lowering costs, increasing access

  • Combating censorship and state control

  • Capacity building, creating sustainability for independent media

  • Fostering the independent/citizen media model – SPREAD THE GOSPEL!


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Digital News Environments

Embryonic – East Timor, Afghanistan

Emerging – Nepal, Bangladesh

Negotiating - China

Intermediate – India, Philippines

Mature – Australia, New Zealand

Advanced – Japan, South Korea

(Madanmohan Rao)


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Digital Access Index

  • Infrastructure: fixed tel lines; mobile/100 households

  • Affordability: cost of Internet access

  • Knowledge: literacy, school enrollment

  • Quality: bits per capita

  • Usage: Internet users/100 people


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Creating the Fifth Estate

  • “The answer (to corporate media) is simple. We have to create a new estate, a Fifth Estate, that will let us put a civic force against this new coalition of (media) rulers.”

    John Pilger, British Journalist and author of Tell Me No Lies, Investigative Journalism that Changed the World.


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Forward to the Fifth Estate

  • “ Creating international association of journalists, academics, newspaper readers, radio listeners and television viewers that operates as a ‘counterweight’ to the great corporations monitoring, analyzing and denouncing them.” John Pilger


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THANK YOU

Ying Chan

The University of Hong Kong

Shantou University, PRC

[email protected]


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