Vol 8 June 2002
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MEDIA FREEDOM RHETORIC
THE SPEIGHT CRISIS:
COUP EDITORIAL CONTENT: Analysis of the Fiji 2000 political crisis
By Lynda Duncan
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.
1 Truth and the SS p 31-32
By Pat Craddock
2 Truth and the SS p 33-34
By Pat Craddock
DEMOCRACY AND THE MEDIA: A message for the Pacific
By Philip Cass
Nobody in a democracy has the right to be ignorant. Citizens of a democracy have a duty to keep themselves informed about political developments and issues so they can vote with an informed mind. The media has a big role to play in ensuring that people are properly informed and encouraged to think for themselves.
MAORI AND MAINSTREAM: Towards bicultural reporting
By Ian Stuart
The New Zealand news industry - owners, management and education ssectors - has long agreed that the news media requires more Maori journalists. the industry has long recognised an imbalance does exist, whatever its characterisation. But the solution is not as simple as it seems.
NEWS MEDIA OWNERSHIP: How NZ is foreign dominated
By Bill Rosenberg
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 the hands of large overseas media organisations.
THE PIMA CONVENTION:
1 MEDIA, JUSTICE IN TONGA
By S 'Akilisi Pohiva
It is my belief that such a move to form a new media association of the nature of 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 role of the media in the region.
2 PACIFIC FREEDOM OF SPEECH
By David Robie
In spite of the hot air about governments pressuring the media in Pacific countries - and this does not 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, who have disproportionate influence.
A GENUINELY FREE PRESS: The challenges for the Pacific
By Shaista Shameem
Pacific journalism must be able to thrive in an environment that 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 thinking.
PACIFIC RURAL PUBLISHING: Eastern Star case study in PNG
By Matt Loney
Ideas have been floated around the South Pacific of setting up multiple small village-scale presses - call them micro-presses ... But computer-based desktop publishing is now a more viable option than ever ... Appropriate technology does not necessarily mean low technology.
FIJI MEDIA AND SALARIES: News sells - but journos face 'poverty'
By Joe Yaya
'We would all love to earn more. But taking the economic and political situation into account, I believe a number of journalists have proved that through hard work , dedication and a high degree of professionalism they can make a successful career for themselves in the media.'
THE PACIFIC 'NON SOLUTION'
By Nic Maclellan
A worrying feature of the Tampas crisis was that talkback radio and sections of the press often uncritically accepted statements from senior political leaders, without checking their truth. The most obvious example was the 'children overboard' crisis.
PROFILES IN MEDIA:
NETANI RIKA pp 155-158
By Talei Tora
VIRISILA BUADROMO pp 159-164
By Tamarisi Digitaki
MARY-LOUISE O'CALLAGHAN pp 165-168
By Joe Yaya
ASAELI LAVE pp 169-174
By Ashwini Prabha
GOVERNMENT BY THE GUN: The Unfinished Business of Fiji's 2000 Coup pp 175-180
By William Sutherland and Robbie Robertson
NIU WAVES pp 181-182
Edited by Robert Nicole
WITHOUT A GUN: Australians' Experience Monitoring Peace in Bougainville, 1997-2001. pp 182-185
Edited by Monica Wehner and Donald Denoon
TOKWIN: A journal of information and communication sciences pp 186-187
Edited by Nash G Sorariba
OPEN LETTER TO LAISA TAGA
By Jese Sikivou, chief executive of PIBA (Pacific Islands Broadcasting Corporation), Suva
Index by author
Cover of the 2001 edition.