This book addresses the range of debate and perspectives on issues of media ethics in the region, from the problems faced by journalists to public credibility of media institutions. Whilst debate in these areas is not new, with the rapidly changing media scene it has certainly gained in intensity.
The book grew out of a seminar of the same name organized by AMIC and supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), in Kuala Lumpur in 2000. It includes material from the country reports presented at this meeting, complemented by essays from regional experts in the field. Thus the book addresses a mix of country-specific issues and some wider practical and philosophical questions. Specific country reports include India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Singapore. The other essays look at the different influences of governments, independent regulatory bodies, different religions, and Asian and Western philosophy on the ethical practices in the region.