Media and Power in Southeast Asia

Media and Power in Southeast Asia

By Cherian George and Gayathry Venkiteswaran

This study of Southeast Asian media and politics explores issues of global relevance pertaining to journalism's relationship with political power. It argues that the development of free, independent, and plural media has been complicated by trends towards commercialisation, digital platforms, and identity-based politics. These forces interact with state power in complex ways, opening up political space and pluralising discourse, but without necessarily producing structural change. The Element has sections on the democratic transitions of Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia; authoritarian resilience in Singapore; media ownership patterns in non-communist Southeast Asia; intolerance in Indonesia and Myanmar; and digital disruptions in Vietnam and Malaysia.


1. Southeast Asia's contested media space
2. Media and democratic transitions
3. Authoritarian resilience and media
4. Big business and media
5. Media and intolerance
6. Digital media disruptions

Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Communication, and member of IAMCR.

Gayathry Venkiteswaran is Assistant Professor at the School of Media, Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, and member of IAMCR.

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Title: Media and Power in Southeast Asia
Authors: Cherian George and Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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