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Volume 15, Issue 1

Diversity, identity and the media
May, 2009

© Malcolm Evans, 2009

PJR 15(1) 2009

May, 2009

ISSN: 1023-9499

In this issue…

PJR targets Fiji censorship, cross-cultural reporting

Censorship and the assault on human rights and freedom of expression in Fiji are featured in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.

The AUT Pacific Media Centre-based publication, New Zealand's only peer-reviewed international media research journal, publishes this week a special article by an "insider" on the military regime's political and social "reforms".

The 246-page edition, themed around "Diversity, identity and the media" issues, analyses the junta that dealt an unprecedented "mortal blow" to press freedom in the South Pacific's most crucial country for regional cooperation.

The insider article, "Fragments from a Fiji coup diary", concludes that the New Zealand government needs to have "secret contacts" with the Suva regime to help investigate corruption and to help restore the country on the road towards democracy.

In other commentaries, Dr Murray Masterton analyses "culture clash" problems facing foreign correspondents and warns against "arrogance" by Western journalists when reporting the region. Television New Zealand's Sandra Kailahi examines the Pasifika media and Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning looks at strategic directions in Asia-Pacific geopolitical reporting.

Malcolm Evans contributes a frothy profile of global political cartooning.

Research articles include demographics and independent cross-cultural reporting, media diversity and a NZ Human Rights Commission seminar, the "Asian Angst" controversy and xenophobia over Chinese migration, a Lake Taupo air space media case study, the Clydesdale report deconstructed and New Zealand women's magazines and gossip.

Bill Rosenberg provides the second of two annual New Zealand media ownership and trends surveys compiled for PJR.

"This edition provides some challenging and fresh insights into diversity reporting in New Zealand, from Fiji to Asian stereotypes," says managing editor Associate Professor David Robie.

"But it also celebrates some important achievements."

A strong reviews section includes books about the dark side of the pro-independence movement and media in Tonga, terrorism and e-policies in the Asia-Pacific region, conflict reporting, the making of a US president, editing and design in New Zealand and an extraordinary dissident Burmese political cartoonist.


1. Free speech in Fiji
David Robie


2. Observer or participator? Diversity challenges for the role of the media profession
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Selwyn Manning
3. A clash of cultures for foreign correspondents
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Murray Masterton
4. Pacificness – telling our own side of the story
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Sandra Kailahi
5. Drawing fire
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Malcolm Evans
6. Fragments from a coup diary
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Patrick Craddock
7. Diversity reportage in Aotearoa: Demographics and the rise of the ethnic media
Diversity, Identity and the Media
David Robie
8. Media diversity: The challenge of ‘doing it better'
Ana Tapiata, Arlene Morgan, Bharat Jamnadas, Pere Maitai, Taualeo’o Stephen Stehlin
9. Reporting diversity in New Zealand: The ‛Asian Angst’ controversy
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Grant Hannis
10. ‘Media surveillance of the natives’: A New Zealand case study―Lake Taupo air space
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Amanda Gregory, Angela Moewaka Barnes, Jenny Rankine, Raymond Nairn, Tim McCreanor
11. The Clydesdale report: Issues of media and academic responsibility
Diversity, Identity and the Media
Joris de Bres