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Investigative journalism: Challenges, perils, rewards in seven Pacific Island countries

Volume 18, Issue 1

May, 2012

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Singh, Shailendra (2012). Investigative journalism: Challenges, perils, rewards in seven Pacific Island countries. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(1): 83-104.
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Author(s): Shailendra Singh
Publication date: 
May, 2012

This article appraises the general state of investigative journalism in seven Pacific Island countries—Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu—and asserts that the trend is not encouraging. Journalism in general, and investigative journalism in particular, has struggled due to harsher legislation as in military-ruled Fiji; beatings and harassment of journalists as in Vanuatu; and false charges and lawsuits targeting journalists and the major newspaper company in the Cook Islands. Corruption, tied to all the major political upheavals in the region since independence, is also discussed. Threats to investigative journalism, like the ‘backfiring effect’ and ‘anti-whistleblower’ law are examined, along with some investigative journalism success case studies.