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When Phillip Knightley was researching The First Casualty (1975), controversial fellow Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett was at the top of his list of war correspondents in the Pacific theatre whom he needed to interview. But he was at a loss...
This article reviews some of the main anti-terrorism laws in Australia and New Zealand and assesses their impact upon the media in the five years since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. It also makes some observations about anti-...
The sole aim of media is to make as much money as they can. Or again, the media are to serve only the people in power, political or economic. If you agree to that, you might as well stop reading this. This issue of Pacific Journalism Review is...
Justice Ian Callinan, appointed to the Autralian High Court in 1998, challenged the rhetoric on the media's role in society and its claims to press freedom with his minority decision in the Lenah Game Meats case in 2001. He questioned the notion of...
Both the Fiji Times and the Daily Post reinforced the colonial myth that Fijian chiefs are the rightful rulers of Fiji, emphasising that Fiji, and this presumably means Fijians, was not ready for a multiracial constitution.
In March 1995, the United States government issued a patent on a human cell line for an indigenous Hagahai man from the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) were issued patent No. 5,397,696 by the Patent and...
On 23 August 1996, all the nine People's Representatives met and agreed to submit to the Parliament of Tonga a petition for the impeachment of the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Tevita Poasi Tupou based on Section 75 of the Constitution.
'Despite the fact that we were given an opportunity to address the [Tongan] Parliament and our [Moala and Akau'ola] legal representive was permitted to pose questions relating to the legality of the proceeding, I already felt that we would be found...
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...
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...

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