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One of the many ironies of Fiji's recent general election was the demise of one of the "godfathers" of the indigenous Taukei movement, Apisai Tora. The man who was once a firebrand trade unionist and who jointly led the 1959 oil workers' strike,...
A commentary on how, more than a decade after the military coups, a hangover from the post-coup 1990 Constitution of Fiji cast a shadow on the media and journalism education methodology in 1998, in spite of the new "free specch" 1997 Constitution. 
Now living in Guam, banned editor Sherry O'Sullivan launched in August her Micronesia News Magazine, distributing it widely. The first issue contained a barrage of information embarrassing the FSM government, including on corruption. 
Malawi is an example of the utter extremes of press censorship. It never experienced press freedom until 1993. The Malawi people are still bitter after three decades of Banda's rule. The people's new experience in press freedom has given them their...
Media commentators see the jailings of two Taimi 'o Tonga journalists and an MP whistleblower in Tonga as the most serious threat to media freedom in the South Pacific since the Fiji coups in 1987. But Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka sees the...
Lack of qualified and experienced journalists, a tendency to allow censorship and disregard for the notion of publicly funding broadcasting services belonging to the public hamper freedom of information. 
A record 173 journalists were held in prison at the end of 1994 and 72 journalists were killed in the line of duty—eight more than the previous year. Pacific cases have been cited in monitoring of news media abuses.
Journalists feel the pressures to conform to the accepted values of their workplace. But those values come not just from editors and producers above them, but significantly from the journalists' peers—their fellow journalists.
Commentary: In April 1994, the Wingti Government in Papua New Guinea imposed an unprecedented gag on the National Broadcasting Commission reporting on the Islands region premiers summit expected to debate possible secession.
Commentary: The only crime committed by these journalists - 71 had been in prison for more than two years - was to have written something that their governments disliked.

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