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Coverage of international and Pacific news in The Fiji Times and The Australian

Volume 9, Issue 1

September, 2003

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Hanusch, Folker. (2003). Coverage of international and Pacific news in The Fiji Times and The Australian. Pacific Journalism Review, 9(1): 59-78.
Author(s): Folker Hanusch
Publication date: 
September, 2003

The debate over the nature and flow of international news has dominated intellectual debate about journalism practice for some time. Developing countries argued there was an imbalance in the nature and amount of international news concerning them. They argued that the Western media rarely reported on developing countries and when they did, reported predominantly negative news about develpoing countries. The debate led to calls for a New World Information and Communication Order (NWICO). A number of studies examined its arguments, many finding developing countries were indeed disadvantaged by the Western media. This study compared foreign news coverage in The Australian and The Fiji Times, with special attention on news from the Pacific Islands region. It found the coverage of the Pacific Islands was still grossly inadequate in both newspapers. The coverage consisted of only a small number of stories, which were predominantly negative, suprising espcially in the case of The Fiji Times.