Censorship and the assault on human rights and freedom of expression in Fiji are featured in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.
The AUT Pacific Media Centre-based publication, New Zealand's only
peer-reviewed international media research journal, publishes this week
a special article by an "insider" on the military regime's political
and social "reforms".
The 246-page edition, themed around "Diversity, identity and the media"
issues, analyses the junta that has dealt an unprecedented "mortal blow" to
press freedom in the South Pacific's most crucial country for regional
The insider article, "Fragments from a Fiji coup diary", concludes that
the New Zealand government needs to have "secret contacts" with the
Suva regime to help investigate corruption and to help restore the
country on the road towards democracy.
In other commentaries, Dr Murray Masterton analyses "culture clash"
problems facing foreign correspondents and warns against "arrogance" by
Western journalists when reporting the region. Television New Zealand's
Sandra Kailahi examines the Pasifika media and Scoop co-editor Selwyn
Manning looks at strategic directions in Asia-Pacific geopolitical
Malcolm Evans contributes a frothy profile of global political
Research articles include demographics and independent cross-cultural
reporting, media diversity and a NZ Human Rights Commission seminar,
the "Asian Angst" controversy and xenophobia over Chinese migration, a
Lake Taupo air space media case study, the Clydesdale report
deconstructed and New Zealand women's magazines and gossip.
Bill Rosenberg provides the second of two annual New Zealand media
ownership and trends surveys compiled for PJR.
"This edition provides some challenging and fresh insights into
diversity reporting in New Zealand, from Fiji to Asian stereotypes,"
says managing editor Associate Professor David Robie.
"But it also celebrates some important achievements."
A strong reviews section includes books about the dark side of the
pro-independence movement and media in Tonga, terrorism and e-policies
in the Asia-Pacific region, conflict reporting, the making of a US
president, editing and design in New Zealand and an extraordinary
dissident Burmese political cartoonist.
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