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On the night the The Hungry Tide was screened on Māori Television in New Zealand, our family was having a farewell party for our relatives returning to Kiribati the next day. We sat cross-legged on a mat in a circle while women prepared meals for...
This edition of Pacific Journalism Review is themed on the Media and Democracy in the South Pacific symposium held in Suva in September 2012. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific, the conference has provided most of the core papers for this...
The first premier of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou Enlai (1949-1976), when asked about the impact of the late eighteenth century French Revolution, supposedly responded that it was too early to tell. Apocryphal or not, his ‘long view’ always...
Commentary: Pacific Island states battled to have their perspectives taken into account at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. Though widely accepted as being among the first victims of climate change, most...
Early on in Tony Maniaty’s Shooting Balibo we come across Herman Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni and John Dos Passos. We quickly get the message that this is as much a journey of the imagination as it is a travelogue, memoir or investigation....
This article looks at three South Pacific Island nations—Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands—in terms of some landmark changes occurring in their political arenas.  Fiji, beset by racial and political problems culminating in three coups, is...
Commentary: Journalists feel the pressure to conform to the accepted values of their workplace. But those values come not just from editors and producers above them, but significantly from the journalists' peers - their fellow journalists.
As many readers will know, Pacific Journalism Review was published for nine years in the Pacific – initially at the University of Papua New Guinea from November 1994, and then most recently at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. This issue...
Commentary: Should the local press bear some of the responsibility for the political turmoil that has engulfed the South Pacific, asks this article in the first of a series of regional perspectives on crises and how the news media have handled them...
Favourable public opinion egged the Papua New Guinea military on and forced Sir Julius Chan's hand over the resignation demand. Military commander Jerry Singirok struck a popular chord when he accused the PNG government of corruption in spite of the...

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