Pacific Media Centre
ISBN/code: ISSN 1175-0472
Publication date: Monday, February 18, 2019
Publisher: Pacific Media Centre
Pacific journalism academic Professor David Robie believes the media play a critical role in exposing abuses of power in a world increasingly hostile towards journalists.
However, journalists in the Pacific are frequently “persecuted by smallminded politicians with scant regard for the role of the media,” he says.
Speaking at the 18th University of the South Pacific Journalism Student Awards ceremony at Laucala campus in Suva, Fiji, last October, Dr Robie said despite the growing global dangers surrounding the profession, journalism was critically important for democracy.
Dr Robie said that while such “ghastly fates” for journalists – such as the extrajudicial killing of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey earlier that month – may seem remote in the Pacific, there were plenty of attacks on media freedom to contend with, while trolls in the region and state threats to internet freedom were “also rife”.
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Report by Pacific Media Centre