ASIARIGHTS ISSUE FOUR 2005

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Editorial

This Issue unpacks some of the complexities of what it means to have a voice and the increasing difficulties to retain the right to privacy. It examines the consequences of international conflict, what happens when someone is driven to another country and what happens to a generation spawned from international conflict.

 

Having a voice can be an institutional problem as in the silencing or controlling of media freedom in Japan. Morris-Suzuki unpacks the struggle of Japanese broadcasting company NHK and the newspaper Asahi to discover that media freedom in Japan is fraught with disturbing problems of media censorship and the curtailment of the media's political independence. Having the right to privacy is increasingly under threat due to intrusions into people's lives predicated on the ‘right' to hunt for possible terrorists. Docena raises the specter of Big Brother in the Philippines with the renewed push for a National Identity Card, and draws comparisons with this to the terrorist filtering system that is currently probing into American citizen's lives.

 

Not being a citizen or being seen as not quiet a proper ‘citizen' can silence your voice and take away your rights is played out in the last two articles: In ‘A Rough Guide to Being a Refugee', Keogh and Badstuebner open a window on the bewildering process of being an asylum seeker in Australia. Australia is still one of the only countries to have mandatory detention of refugees for unspecified and often lengthy periods of time. Fray Cullen looks at the ways in which children of male American soldiers and Philipino women are often abandoned to a brutal life of the streets because of a refusal of responsibility on the part of the American Government and abandonment by the soldiers of pregnant Philippino lovers. Such children are the product of international conflict and as such have little recourse to support through the law, and are often, because of who they are, experience discrimination from being neither American nor Philippino.

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About the Author

Jennifer Badstuebner is Executive Editor of AsisRights and an anthropologist.

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