Reporting disasters from inside a repressive regime: a citizen journalism case study of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis disaster

Downman, Scott (2013) Reporting disasters from inside a repressive regime: a citizen journalism case study of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis disaster. Australian Journal of Communication, 40 1: 153-172.

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Author Downman, Scott
Title Reporting disasters from inside a repressive regime: a citizen journalism case study of the 2008 Cyclone Nargis disaster
Journal name Australian Journal of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0811-6202
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 153
End page 172
Total pages 20
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland, School of English
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract New technology has changed the face of global reporting. Digital technology has given citizens the capacity to report from restricted frontlines that professional journalists cannot access. This study investigates the role of citizen journalists reporting on the Cyclone Nargis disaster in 2008 from one of the world’s most repressive regimes—Myanmar. The paper shows how and why citizen journalists reported the catastrophe, which killed 140,000 people. Until recently in Myanmar, disasters were unreported and hidden from the outside world. But citizen journalists demonstrated during the disaster that digital technology has become an important tool in telling stories from inside repressive regimes.
Keyword Disasters
Myanmar
Citizen journalism
Nargis
cyclone
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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