Many people are commenting online on the impacts of decisions taken by the current Papua New Guinea government, with many expressing their feelings about a looming fiscal crisis. Dulciana Somare-Brash provides a raw assessment of the situation, saying the country will need more than a new crop of freshly elected leaders in 2017.
In a keynote address at the USP journalism awards, Pacific Media Center director Professor David Robie, formerly head of the South Pacific regional journalism program in its early stages, reflects on the progress and challenges facing media in the Pacific and worldwide. This is the first in a two-part blog of his speech.
As Pacific nations find themselves accused on various international watch lists, Giff Johnson explores the tension between the cultural approach of keeping disputes or problems muted and its use at the political level to avoid dealing with necessary issues.
Countries in the region should not ignore continuing anti-democratic actions by the Nauru government, writes Giff Johnson.
It’s become fashionable these days to treat wholesale electronic surveillance as an inevitable and really-not-so-horrible thing. That’s exactly the wrong conclusion to draw. Pacific island governments could be doing more to protect themselves.
The New Zealand media is more interested in ISIL activities in Syria and Iraq than the horrendous human rights violations happening right under their noses in their own Pacific “front yard, such as in Fiji and West Papua, argues David Robie.