Pacific Media Freedom 2011: A Status Report

Click below to quickly download the full report.  There is a lengthy section on Fiji.

Indonesian repression in West Papua. Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans / PJR

Alex Perrottet, David Robie, Pacific Journalism Review

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Perrottet, A., and Robie, D. (2011). Pacific media freedom 2011: A status report. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2): 147-186. ISSN 1023-9499


Pacific media freedom has been under siege for more than a decade, particularly since an attempted coup in Fiji in May 2000, when a television station was attacked and ransacked, a foreign journalist was shot and wounded and a local journalist ended up being imprisoned for treason. Since then various Pacific countries, notably Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu have faced various periods of media repression. Since the military coup in December 2006, Fiji has faced arguably its worst sustained pressure on the media since the original two Rabuka coups in 1987. The Bainimarama regime in June 2010 imposed a Media Industry Development Decree that enforced draconian curbs on journalists and restrictive controls on foreign ownership of the press. This consolidated systematic state censorship of news organisations that had been imposed in April 2009 with the Public Emergency Regulations that have been rolled over on a monthly basis ever since. Promised relaxation of state censorship after the imposition of the Decree never eventuated. This research report covers the period 1 July 2010-30 June 2011 and examines the trends in the Pacific region. In addition to Pacific Islands Forum member nations, it covers the French Pacific territories and the former Indonesian colony of East Timor and current twin provinces known collectively as West Papua.
Keywords: censorship, Fiji coups, freedom of expression, freedom of information, journalist safety, media ethics, media freedom, media law

About the authors

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PMW contributing editor
Alex Perrottet is a Masters/Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies student at AUT University.
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Associate Professor, PMC Director
Associate Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.
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Pacific Journalism Review, published by AUT's Pacific Media Centre, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.
ISSN 1023-9499


1 comment:

jimboy said...

How about a Pacific chapter for