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Noted: Democracy and the price of silence

Volume 18, Issue 1

May, 2012

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Robie, David (2012). Democracy and the price of silence. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(1): pp. 246-248. Review of Shoot the messenger: The report on the Nuku'alofa reconstruction project and why the government of Tonga dumped it. Auckland and Nuku'alofa: Taimi Publishers.
Author(s): David Robie, Thakur Ranjit Singh
Reviewed book by Teena Brown Pulu
Publication date: 
May, 2012

Investigative journalism is critical to good governance in evolving South Pacific democracies, particularly the youngest, Tonga, which embarked on the biggest democratic reforms in a century in 2010. This is the view of Auckland Tongan anthropologist, social commentator and now author of a suppressed-then-exposed report about post-riots urban development.