Today in Media Files, AAP will close its south-east Asia bureau by the end of the week, and The Cambodia Daily says government pressure has forced it to close.
AAP to close south-east Asia bureau. Australian news wire service AAP is closing its Jakarta bureau by the end of the week. AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said the decision was commercial, and south-east Asia correspondent Lauren Farrow would continue to file as a freelancer, but AAP hoped she would return to Australia as a reporter. Gillies said the agency would parachute reporters into the region to cover significant and breaking news, and would send reporters with leaders and sports teams when required. AAP has had a bureau in Jakarta for 35 years, and local staff -- an office manager and fixer, a driver and a housekeeper -- would lose their jobs, Gillies said in a note to staff last week: "They have been described as family by everyone who has worked in that office. While they are sad to be leaving the company, please know that each has been treated with dignity and have been well cared for."