Vanuatu news media in unchartered territory as FOI law becomes reality

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Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

ABC’s Pacific Beat interviews Dr David Robie on the impact of the new freedom of information law in Vanuatu. Image: ABC

Journalists in Vanuatu are already preparing to make Freedom of Information requests to test the governments new law.

David Robie is a professor of journalism at Auckland University of Technology and director of the Pacific Media Centre.

He says the new Right to Information (RTI) law is a step in the right direction and a boost for freedom of information across the Pacific, but it will also take a change in mindset from government officials to make sure the FOI requests are taken seriously.

Reporter: Bindi Bryce

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