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On the border: Local media in the land of Papua

Hill, D.T. (2011) On the border: Local media in the land of Papua. In: Sen, K. and Hill, D.T., (eds.) Politics and the Media in Twenty-First Century Indonesia: Decade of Democracy. Routledge, London, England, pp. 26-48.

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That the dramatic fall of Indonesian president Suharto in May 1998 was accompanied by equally wide-ranging changes in the Indonesian media industry has been much discussed. Less evident is the fact that the complex transformations experienced by the media nationally have not necessarily been uniform across the archipelago, nor uniformly positive where they have been felt. While ending the New Order requirement for strictly controlled 'publication permits' and the opening up of local media markets to new players might have stimulated greater competition and a diversity of voices in some regions (such as Manado), it remains to be seen whether the economic, political, cultural and security conditions are such as to convert media reforms and liberalisation into a successful democratising force throughout the archipelago.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: The Editors
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Notes: David T. Hill is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Murdoch University, Perth where he is Fellow of the Asia Research Centre on Social, Political and Economic Change. He is the founder and Director of the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), an international consortium of 20 universities that places foreign students into Indonesian universities for semester-length study programmes. His publications include Journalism and Politics in Indonesia: A Critical Biography of Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004) as Editor and Author (Routledge, 2010), The Press in New Order Indonesia (Equinox Publishing, 2007), and with co-author Krishna Sen, both The Internet in Indonesia’s New Democracy (Routledge, 2005) and Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia (Equinox Publishing, 2007).
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