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A death, missing computer disks, a wineboxfull of secret files, a tax haven in the Cook Islands, alleged extortion, arms dealing, corruption, coverups and criminal fraud, billion dollar deals, kidnap attempts ... and an investigative television team...
Commended: The Fiji Times team of reporter Ilaitia Turagabeci and photographer Asaeli Lave were commended for their report uncovering a drug farm in the Rakiraki highlands where cash-starved villagers thrive on income from 'grass'.
Commended: Dominic Kakas, editor of The Independent. Disgraced PNG Forests Minister Andrew Posai was found guilty by a leadership Tribunal on 26 counts of misconduct in office as Minister of Home Affairs and Youth in 1992-1993. This report was...
1996 Pacific Investigative Journalism Award WINNER: Yashwant Gaunder, publisher and editor of The Review in Fiji, won the inaugural 1996 Pacific Investigative Journalism Award for his report on the failings of the National Bank of Fiji.
Investigative journalism is alive and well in the Pacific news media. The quality and breadth of reporting taking place in the South Pacific region is reflected in the high standard of stories entered in the first Pacific Investigative Journalism...
In May 1995, one of the Pacific's best known newspapers closed. A regional magazine summed up The Times of Papua New Guinea thus: Strength: the diversity of views and efforts to cover national life fully. Weakness: Loss of skilled journalists that...
From his observation and association within the three newspaper companies, Neville Togarewa believes investigative journalism is mostly lacking in PNG. However, it is demanding. It involves courage as well as resources. 
Wendy Bacon, a winner of the Walkley Award, exposed corrupt activities by some New South Wales police officers and also foreigners implicated in the Fiji coups. Now an academic, Associate Professor Bacon assisted University of PNG's new...
Some argue there is no place for investigative journalism in Melanesia, particularly in Papua New Guinea. Such critics believe that for investigations to be effective then politicians must make changes. A media panel at a UNESCO-funded seminar at...
Corruption and law and order problems beset Papua New Guinea in its 20th year of independence. Says former Governor of the Central Bank, Sir Mekere Morauta: 'This nation is under the spell of the statement that we are rich. So our riches will...

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