Samoa in press freedom’s top 20

Samoa has jumped into the top 20 in the latest press freedom index released by the global group Reporters Without Borders out of 180 countries and territories assessed. It is one of only two Pacific nations in the top

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PINA challenges Pacific countries to follow Fiji’s lead and repeal media legislation

The repeal of Fiji’s draconian media law, known as the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) Act 2010, should act as a signpost for other Pacific countries who have regulated their media through legislation.

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PNG Communication Minister Masiu denies ‘control of media’

Papua New Guinea’s Communication Minister Timothy Masiu has hit back at reports termed as inaccurate over the control of media in Papua New Guinea from his ministerial statement in Parliament. Masiu said it was

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PNG media under threat

Over his nearly four-year tenure as Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, James Marape has continued to trumpet his slogan – “Take Back PNG”. The trademark phrase, which has similar connotations to former U.S

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No need for Fiji media bill, public consultation told

“We don’t see the need for this bill” was the message of Fiji media veteran, William Parkinson at public submissions on the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA) yesterday. Parkinson, was speaking to a submission

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Pacific Media Institute to host communications and democracy summit in Majuro

The Marshall Islands’ capital, Majuro, will host a first-of-its-kind Pacific summit on communications and democracy next February. Conference organiser, the Pacific Media Institute (PMI), states the summit will

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Courage and impact

Lagipoiva honoured for climate coverage The editor of Pacific Environment Weekly in Samoa, Dr. Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, became the first Pacific Island journalist to receive a ‘Journalists of Courage and

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COVID-19 lessons for public messaging

Whether it was the early reports out of China in late 2019, the World Health Organization’s announcement of a pandemic in March 2020, or the dreaded first official announcement of an in-country case, everyone

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Media Council condemns attack on the media at University of PNG

The Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG) has condemned an attack by male students at the University of Papua New Guinea on media representatives who were covering a protest march staged by female students on

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Facebook and Pacific news

The importance of Pacific news on Facebook was thrown into sharp relief by the stand-off in January between the Australian government and Facebook over the government’s media code. Facebook closed access to Pacific

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Facebook: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Pacific governments face a crucial dilemma with social media. How they react will define our future. The decision this week by Solomon Islands’ cabinet to ban Facebook is wrong, of course. It represents

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Fiji @ 50: Death of a regional giant

Slowly but surely the once mighty Fiji Television Limited has started to crumble, taken apart from within by a combination of government pressure, acquiescent board members and questionable divestments. Last month the

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