Event Reports

Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia

edited by Werner vom Busch and Tobias Rettig

This book presents the findings of a workshop entitled ‘Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia’ which was hosted by the Media Programme Asia of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), Singapore and took place in Kuala Lumpur in July 2006.

While maritime piracy has been existent in Southeast Asia for the past few centuries, piracy attacks have risen dramatically following the growth of maritime trade in the wake of post-Cold War economic globalization. In addition, in the current political climate of high alert the potential threat of a maritime terrorist act along the Straits of Malacca is posing additional security concerns to the littoral states. The increasingly complex criminal and security concerns that piracy poses to Southeast Asia also challenges journalists in their quest to provide the public with an accurate account of events. This book presents the findings of a workshop entitled ‘Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia’ which was hosted by the Media Programme Asia of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), Singapore and took place in Kuala Lumpur in July 2006. The collection of articles by journalists and maritime experts shed light on various topics related to piracy such as its’ social causes as well as its’ often declared possible relation to maritime terrorism. The contributions in this book focus, in particular, on the problems and challenges that journalists face when trying to report objectively on the topic.