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Pacific Journalism Monographs No 1


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PACIFIC MEDIA FREEDOM 2011: A status report

Format: paperback, 41pp, illustrated.
Date: 01 May 2012: ISBN 978-1927184110                 $15

By Alex Perrottet and David Robie

Pacific Media Centre, AUT University
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.


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