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Dr Tupeni Baba's speech at the relaunch of Pacific Journalism Review, 3 October 2003. 
Constitutional guarantees of free speech and media freedom are well established 'on paper' in most South Pacific nations. How these gurantees are interpreted is constantly a source of tension between policitans, media practicioners and...
"The thing about governments everywhere, and ours is no exception, is that they cannot imagine how anything an work without them. So they pass legislation to control things in belief that if there legislation, everything will get better. Sometimes...
At this time of the year, there are the usual platitudes and rhetoric about "media freedom" in the Pacific. The Fiji Times, for example, complained in an editorial about politicians with a "misguided theory" that Fiji was not ready for a critical...
'There is absolutely no need for laws to restrict media freedoms. We live in a democratic state and provided the media conforms with its Code of Ethics, it must remain free.'
'Most of the Prime Minister's statements consisted of sweeping generalisations or statements of opinion dressed up as fact—ironically, the very sin of which he accused the media.'
There was a war of words between Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and a senior journalist at a media function last night.  Chaudhry claimed there was no truth in a story written by Robert Keith-Reid of Island Business. When Keith-Reid yelled out...
'The Fiji Media Council is modelled very much on the Australian lines and we frequently draw on Australia for support and expertise. We are outspoken on media independence and freedom of expression yet we seek to work with Government.'
The Daily Post's editor, Jale Moala, and news editor, Mesake Koroi disagree with the view that the sale of the nespaper is a threat to media independence. In this interview, they make a rare statement, defending the Daily Post's independence. 
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