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Volume 16, Issue 2

Media freedom in Oceania
UNESCO WPFD
October, 2010

Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans

PJR 16(2) cover

October, 2010

ISSN: 1023-9499

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In this issue…

Most of the commentaries in the October 2010 edition (v16 n2) edition of Pacific Journalism Review were presented at the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day conference hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane in May 2010.

Authors include Papua New Guinea Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek, Pacific Freedom Forum coordinator Lisa Williams-Lahari and co-chair Susuve Laumea; Samoa Observer publisher and editor-in-chief Savea Sano Malifa, Cook Islands News managing editor and secretary/treasurer of the Pasifika Media Association (PasiMA) John Woods; Transparency Vanuatu president Marie-Noelle Ferrieux Patterson; Vois Blong Yumi Project leader Francis Herman; and Pacific Media Centre director Associate Professor David Robie.

Research papers include several about the three-month-old Media Industry Development Decree, “collaborative journalism”, the non-government organisation and civil society community and “life under censorship” in Fiji, and one article focuses on two newspaper case studies in media freedom in Tonga.

In the editorial, Associate Professor Martin Hadlow of QUT noted that the UNESCO conference “provided a platform for journalism and media professionals from the Pacific region to gather in special pre and post-conference workshops to discuss concerns and fears about repressive regimes”.

Supported by a grant from the UNESCO Office of Pacific States, this edition of PJR – now in its 16th year of publication – was jointly edited by Martin Hadlow, Marsali Mackinnon and managing editor David Robie.

Editorial

1. Great is truth
Martin Hadlow

Theme

2. Reclaim the right to know toki and locate it online
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Lisa Williams-Lahari
3. Cook Islands: The Cook Islands News and the genesis of FOI
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
John Woods
4. Fiji: Voiceless in the newsstand
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Sophie Foster
5. PNG: Threats to media freedom and FOI
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Susuve Laumaea
6. Samoa: The Observer and threats to media freedom
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Savea Sano Malifa
7. Vanuatu: Accountability from the Subsistence Age to the Internet Age
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Marie-Noelle Ferrieux Patterson
8. The Pacific right to know in the Digital Age
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Francis Herman
9. Freedom of information – Challenges and the way forward
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Cronox Manek
10. Media freedom and state control in Tonga
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Sione Fatanitavake Vikilani
11. The Fiji media decree: A push towards collaborative journalism
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Reggie Dutt
12. Pacific freedom of the press: Case studies in independent campus-based media models
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
David Robie
13. A case for Fiji’s grassroots citizenry and media to be better informed, engaged for democracy
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Mosmi Bhim
14. Life under Decree No. 29 of 2010: The Fiji Media Development Decree
UNESCO WPFD: Media Freedom in Oceania
Shailendra Singh