International

Sexpat journalists are ruining Asia coverage

Beijing based correspodent Joanna Chiu details her experiences of sexual harassment by  male foreign correspondents, often from the West. She has seen correspondents, known to be serial offenders in private, take the lead role in reporting on the sufferings of Asian women, or boast of their bravery in covering human rights. In too many stories, Asian men are treated as the sole meaningful actors, while Asian women are reduced to sex objects or victims. Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories. 

And this bad behavior — and the bad coverage that follows — is a pattern that repeats across Asia, from Tokyo to Phnom Penh.  The worst damage is done by men ensconced in positions of influence in journalism, diplomacy, and international business.

'Asia coverage', Foreign Policy, May 18, 2018