ASIA PRESS INTERNATIONAL (API)
Press International (API) was established in Tokyo on
October 1, 1987. It was started as a group of photo-video-journalists
who work and support each other just like the Yui Cooperative
(an agricultural group which has been around for many
generations in Asia).
the spirit of journalism in the big media networks is
beginning to fade, API journalists, as expressionists,
have been trying to be independent and creative. We strive
to be free from any dependence on capital and authority.
To realize this, we try to keep on developing our capabilities
and spirit as recorders of the times. In addition, we
continue to expand our network by joining hands with Asian
peoples, regardless of differences in race and culture.
its operation, Asia Press has established representative
offices in Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Beijing, Seoul, Osaka
and Tokyo. Each office has its own group of local journalists.
Asia Press grows its roots through this way. This is not
just a demand of the times, but a necessity for us to
be truly independent and international.
At present, Asia Press has about 30 members. The areas
we cover encompass the globe not just Asia. The themes
we work on are diverse - from politics to culture.
Press, our collective name, means that we have chosen
Asia as the primary source of our themes and reportage.
But we operate beyond the realms of our home bases.
If there is one thing common among us, it is our concern
to listen and give voice to people ignored and shunned
by major mass media networks. Through our stories, we
aim to shed light on the human spirit and discover the
truth that lies hidden in it. This we intend to accomplish,
especially in a society where people are more and more
considered as objects like stones cast away on the roadside,
by working as independent journalists.
Asia Press International