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If publisher Kalafi Moala had wanted to bring attention to Tonga's lopsided political system he couldn't have done it better than writing Island Kingdom Strikes Back. Since its release in late 2002, the book has continued to fuel debate about the...
"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...
The role of the media in civil society is to inform and illuminate in the public interest, to provide the public with an informed basis upon which they can exercise their demoractic rights. Nothing changes during wartime. The philosopher Jeremy...
He covers the coverage of wars and the fine borderline that journalists might cross to become propaganda merchants: World War II, Vietnam, The Gulf, Kosovo, to name a few, and now the ‘War on Terror’. And the performance so far of the news media in...
There were also funny incidents during the Speight coup and we needed to laugh to see things. Netani Rika did that for many people and it was a good laugh. Sometimes the most complicated things of all can be the best laugh. It just needs somebody to...
Pacific Journalism must be able to thrive in an environment which allows debate and discussion, such as through a Press Club where speakers are invited and issues can be discussed off the record. A robust discussion sometimes frees up the logjams in...
It is to my belief that such a move to form a new media association of the nature of the Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) is spear-headed by a group of people who have a common interest and common understanding, and a vision for the future...
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...
In spite of the hot air about governments pressuring the media in Pacific countries—and this does happen all too frequently—I believe a greater threat to press freedom comes from a small clique of media veterans, many of whom are of palagi origin,...
If the concentration of media control in Australia in 1993 was leading to a loss of liberty to dissent at a critical time in Australia, it is even more true of New Zealand today. This article shows that ownership of NZ media is very concentrated in...

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