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Volume 4, Issue 1

Media and mercenaries
November, 1997

How Pacific Islands Monthly's James Ranuku portrayed the PNG Sandline players.

PJR 4(1) 1997

November, 1997

ISSN: 1023-9499

In this issue…

Chief Ombudsman Simon Pentanu says the South Pacific is a haven for probing journalism.

Speaking at the launching on Friday of the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review and several other books, he noted that the PJR focused on the Sandline affair with the theme "media and the mercenaries" and other regional press freedom issues, and was being published on the day after the second Sandline inquiry went into recess to prepare its report.

"Sandline proved inconclusively that in PNG truth is stranger than fiction," Pentanu said.

"How could such a stupid, costly decision - such as engaging Sandline - be made?"

He added: "We are all convalescing from Sandline."

The Chief Ombudsman also spoke in support of the University of PNG's School of Journalism, which has been at the centre of a week-long controversy about its future and shortage of staff.

Paying tribute to coordinator David Robie, who is leaving to join the University of the South Pacific, Pentanu said: "The School of Journalism has, in a relatively short time, generated its own vibrancy and its own energy.

"It gives a positive image of the university as a place of ideas and intelligent and considered thought.

"It has produced the goods not only in terms of its graduates, but also in 'hard copy' such as Pacific Journalism Review and the award-winning Uni Tavur newspaper."

This edition was assisted with funding by the University of Papua New Guinea Research and Publications Committee and the Dutch-based Communication Assistance Foundation (CAF).  

Post-Courier, 16 March 1998

Editorial

1. Editorial: Mercenaries and the media
David Robie
2. Practise what you preach
The Fiji Times Editorial Comment
The Fiji Times
3. Think before you speak
The Fiji Times Editorial Comment
The Fiji Times

Articles

4. Media, church and the Sandline plot?
William Ferea
5. The unrepresentative democracy
Alan Robson
6. 'The world is watching and we've got a message'
Michael Field
7. Singirok claims denied
Peter Cronau
8. Fri Pres: Media freedom in the Pacific
David Robie
9. Seeds of accountability
OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION AND THE MEDIA 1
Simon Pentanu
10. Public perception of the Ombudsman
OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION AND THE MEDIA 2
Anna Solomon
11. Public Opinion and the News Media
OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION AND THE MEDIA 3
Frank Senge Kolma
12. Political guidelines
The National
13. TV - transparent or opaque?
OMBUDSMAN COMMISSION AND THE MEDIA 4
John Taylor
14. Hot-wired media
David Robie
15. Better Aids Coverage
Trevor Cullen
16. 'Censorship by exile' In Micronesia
Peter Cronau
17. Cell lines and commodities: The Hagahai patent case
David Robie
18. Observer Under Threat
Savea Sano Malifa
19. Media and the message
David Robie
20. The origins of journalism education at UPNG
Peter Henshall
21. The Pacific mission press
Philip Cass
22. Hard-hitting editorials
International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX)
23. Paparazzi v British media
Nash G. Sorariba
24. Radio Djiido turns ten
Kalinga Seneriratne
25. Jada and the Phantom
CARTOONISTS: JADA WILSON
Kevin Pamba
26. On the protest frontline
PROFILES IN THE MEDIA: JOSEPH EALEDONA
Joseph Morokana

Commentary

27. FORUM
Jean Nuia, Robert Foster, John Henningham, Lawrie Breen, Roger M. Patching, Wendy Bacon, Murray Burt, Robert Hooper, Max Tomlinson, Joe Chika Anyanwu