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Media and free expression

Volume 5, Issue 1

March, 1999

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Robie, D. (1998-1999). Media and free expression. Pacific Journalism Review, 5(1): 5-8.
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
March, 1999

When rumours abounded in December 1998 about the impending sale of Papua New Guinea's Post-Courier, arguably the best daily newspaper in the South Pacific, to consortium headed by a crony Prime Minister Bill Skate,  that Port Moresby media world was in a spin. It turned out to be a false alarm. However, when controlling shares in the long-struggling Fiji's Daily Post were abruptly sold in Feburary 1999 to the Fiji Government, it was a different story. Protests from other media organisations were also strong—but too late.