‘Journalism under duress in Asia-Pacific’ edition deadline extended (24#2, November 2018)



The "Journalism under duress in Asia-Pacific" edition of Pacific Journalism Review has an extended deadline of August 4, 2018. This edition will be published in print and online in November.

Thank you for the many submissions so far.

The latest edition of PJR, "Disasters, cyclones and communication" (24(1)), was published online at Tuwhera this week and the hard copy edition will be mailed out to subscribers next week.

November 3 is the United Nations date that is observed globally each year to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI). To honour journalists who have died, or have been beaten, tortured or brutally gagged in defence of the truth and the public right to know and to explore safety of journalist strategies, Pacific Journalism Review is publishing a special edition in November 2018.  This follows on from the Pacific Media Centre’s public seminar in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, in November 2017 when several multimedia presentations were made in support of a free press in the Asia-Pacific region. The Ampatuan massacre of 32 journalists in the Philippines in 2009, with a failure of the authorities to successfully prosecute anybody for this horrendous crime almost a decade later, and violent abuses against journalists in West Papua were some of the issues raised in the seminar. Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa are among Oceania nations that are cracking down on internet freedom to stifle “ghost writers” and “troublemakers” as one Pacific leader described them.   

Papers can include but are not restricted to:

  • Cases of killing, brutalising or gagging journalists and news workers
  • Strategies to enhance the safety and training of at risk journalists
  • News media duty of care in conflict zones such as West Papua
  • Internet and online censorship
  • Hate crimes, especially those against media people
  • Bureaucracies seeking to gag media exposure through high international charges or other policies
  • Use of draconian media laws such as Fiji’s Media Industry Development Decree for censorship
  • Strategies to defend or restore media freedom and public trust
  • Media survivor narratives and storytelling
  • Teaching journalism in conflict countries such as Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand

The above list is a guideline and other related topics will also be considered. The journal also has an unthemed section and other papers related to journalism studies, and journalism education, theory and practice will be considered.

More information on the Call for Papers here: https://pjreview.aut.ac.nz/submissions

Papers must be uploaded to the new OJS open access website for Pacific Journalism Review on the Tuwhera indigenous research platform at Auckland University of Technology:

Author guidelines