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Commentary: A Cook Islands proverb goes like this: Taraia to toki, ei toki tarai enua – ‘Sharpen your adze, the adze to carve nations.’ Applying the proverb in this context, the toki/adze can be seen as the media. The right to know is the tool which...
The special edition on ‘Media and Democracy in Fiji’ of Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji is an engaging collection of articles of diverse quality presented in varying degrees of intellectual temperaments, some with political passion...
Australian director Robert Connolly’s aspiration for his film Balibo—and the challenge of bringing it to a wider audience—was similar. As was his take on our propensity for not wanting to know. Certainly the death of the six Australian-based...
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart informa tion and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. - Article 19,...
In 2007, Australia was rated by two international media bodies as well down the chain in media freedom. Within its own borders, internal media groups—in particular the Australian Press Council and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, as well...
This investigation deploys journalistic expertise and method to bring information about media and government relations in Papua New Guinea up to date. The researcher identifies the news agenda by means of a press review over two weeks; discusses the...
Journalists need look again at the conventions and practices which conceal their reliance on information subsides from their audiences. A genuinely free and open press can only exist where readers can recognise where the hand of the government has...
The editor of one of the best news and cultural magazines of the South Pacific, Tahiti-Pacifique, tells of the 18-month "freeze out" of his publication by the Flosse Government in Tahiti and how his editorial team finally came in from the cold. 
The Ombudsman Commission's ability in getting results again reinforces the public's confidence in the Ombudsman office and what it stands for - standing up for the rights of individuals who would otherwise be ignored by the powers that be. 
The news media (both Papua New Guinean and foreign) did a great job carrying the events of the Sandline crisis and the general election in its wake. Journalists and the churches would fight to the end for freedom of the press and preserving the...

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