I get the journal flashing icon whenever I'm exploring or discovering new things, so that suggests that I'm getting new entires. When I hit 'J', I get the same 12 journal entries from before, and no updates.
I actually had this happen, too. I mentioned it in the bug thread. I would have the journal icon pop up with no new info in the journal and it would stay there until I entered a cut scene...and then would go away after...until I got a new entry and it would freeze on there again. If you're experiencing something similar, then it's a bug. If it is like I described, you can consider mentioning it in the Bug thread.
I'm the French translator of the game.
If you're playing the game in French, it is normal that Zoë's journal is not available yet.
It will be included in the upcoming patch 1.1, along with many other fixes and improvement to the French translation.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Excellent, thanks for the update!