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Media Education in the South Pacific: Problems Facing the Industry

The South Pacific, rich in cultural, linguistic, political and socioeconomic diversity, is home to an incredibly complex media landscape. Though well-established in New Zealand and Australia, the media industry is continuously evolving to meet the challenges of national development and political instability throughout the Pacific Islands. Across the board, insufficient resources, government restrictions and a deficiency of formally trained journalists plague regional media. “Criticism in the region focuses on lack of professional training of journalists, poor educational standards, lack of knowledge of the political and social institutions, cultural insensitivities, and a questionable grasp of ethical issues,” wrote Professor David Robie,…

Censorship and press regulations in the Pacific

Across the Pacific, advocates of media freedom hosted many World Press Freedom Day celebrations this year. Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands were among the countries to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO event on May 3, which focuses upon securing freedom of expression in all forms of media. According to UNESCO, more than 600 journalists have been killed globally in the last decade — 121 died last year alone. “All these journalists had one thing in common,” says Tim McBride, deputy chair of New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO communications sub-commission. “They…

Beginning of something

Underage prostitution is a growing issue in Auckland and the Pacific. Girls as young as 13 are working the streets in low-income communities, and some close to the situation report that they’re being pimped by relatives and sexually exploited at home. For my first reporting experience in the Pacific, I took a look into this issue, and here’s what I found out. http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2013/04/moves-to-tackle-sexual-exploitation-of-young-girls-in-nz-fiji-and-png/