Those "Mysterious" Tourist Deaths
Sorry this is such a long comment - but.....the very sad death of Tony Groom in Nadi last year is an example of how media has lost credibility.There was no thought as to how Tony Groom's family would feel about what was being said about him (or indeed the other families connected to the sad deaths in Fiji).
The main objective by journalists was to put a black mark upon Fiji so that tourists would not want to visit Fiji. Michael Field wrote the first story about Tony Groom and then at a later date put a spin in about all these "suspicious" tourist deaths in Fiji, that according to him, had been supressed in Fiji media, and in the end proved not to be suspicious after all.
TVNZ One News and the NZ Herald and 3 News picked up on the Fairfax Stuff stories by Michael Field - and then had to retract and correct stories (except Michael Field didn't really retract or correct). Then this speculative story went to Australian media and then all the way around the world and was of course on Coup 4.5. I remember Crosbie Walsh did do a blog post about this. The truth is what I want to read, not a "spin" or speculative journalism.
Reference was made to Coup 4.5 by NZ media - check out the links below that show the first story - then retractions and correction by SOME NZ media. Most of the links refer to C4.5 blog.
Maybe some in the NZ media post blog entries on C4.5 - or am I being speculative? Truth is what matters. Unfortunately the majority of the NZ public (and NZ Law Society president Jonathan Temm) believe what the media reports as the whole truth and nothing but the truth. These days you have question what media reports in EVERYTHING - not just what is written about Fiji.
Fairfax Stuff (Michael Field):
TVNZ One News (Barbara Dreaver):
NZ Herald:(Anna Leask)
3 News (NZ):
Sydney Morning Herald: