World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Wansolwara Issue On The Pacific Media

SUVA: Agence France Presse correspondent Michael Field has blasted the "ineffectual" South Pacific Forum leadership in the wake of last month's ban on him, reporters have examined the finances of Fiji's recently evicted media industry training institute, and Pacific journalists' pay has come under scrutiny in the last edition of Wansolwara.

The online edition of the University of the South Pacific training newspaper was posted today. http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/docs/wansol.html

Field, a New Zealand journalist who has covered forum meetings for the past decade, was barred from the last one in Kiribati after he had written unflattering reports about the country's environmental problems a year earlier.

He criticised the fact that nations hosting the annual forum could exclude journalists "it does not like".

"It is typical of the weakness of the ineffectual forum leadership that they surrender to the demands of one petulant state and continue to hold their meetings, free of scrutiny or question despite the taxpayers of the region paying for it all," he told Wansolwara reporter Donna Hoerder.

In a survey of newsroom pay scales in Fiji in the special media edition of Wansolwara, reporters found that starting journalists with qualifications get paid about half the salary of starting nurses and secondary schoolteachers.

The report also highlighted the lack of formal journalists grading structures such as exist in Australia and New Zealand.

Salesh Kumar and Nazreen Bibi reported that the Fiji Journalism Institute was in limbo over financial problems which have plagued the training body over the past few years.

Last month, the institute was evicted from its Fiji Government supplied office and a Fiji Times editorial called for the Fiji Islands Media Association to "clean up the mess".

Kumar and Bibi talked to the media personalities and the donors involved.

Jilda Shem reported on the ongoing struggle of the Vanuatu Trading Post as the independent voice of Port Vila.

Among journalists profiled in the edition are freelancer and trade unionist Tomasi Tokalauvere, who has a unique "explosive" investigative style honed from his experience in New Zealand, and Fiji Television's top reporter Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sheryl Ho reported on the progress in the Pacific over media councils and news organisation accountability in the region.

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE: http://www.pmw.c2o.org


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC