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


PM's Chief Adviser Wants Zimbabwe Style Media

* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
* Post a comment on PMW's Right of Reply:


RAROTONGA (Pacnews/Cook Islands News): The Prime Minister's chief adviser Piho Rua says Cook Islands Government should use the Zimbabwe media law as a model to control newspapers, Pacnews reports.

Rua said he would recommend to Government that the country's print media be regulated.

On his return from South Africa this week, the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Executive said he had viewed the Zimbabwe Media Act and believed it could be adapted to the Cook Islands media industry.

In an exclusive interview with the Cook Islands Herald, Rua said there was too much inaccurate reporting. It prompted him to seek media guidelines.

Penalties for false or untruthful reporting were non-existent, he said.

"This kind of reporting has to stop."

The reference to media controls follows ongoing newspaper reports that Government had no answer to allegations of abuse and greed other than to conduct "witch hunts" with police investigations.

But while demanding accuracy from the reporters, Rua appears to reserve other liberties for himself and in an effort to refute two items from a weekly gossip column in the Herald, Rua ordered two stories be written by his own media unit.

The stories appeared unedited on the front-page of the daily Cook Islands News this week.

One story - the front-page lead report - singled out his predecessor, Edward Drollett, as the cause of escalated costs on the Prime Minister's trip to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa.

The media spin was a reaction to a story, which appeared in the Cook Islands Independent exposing a $15,000 bill because of a mix-up in Government's travel arrangements to Johannesburg.

In a separate front-page story, Rua also counteracted the Herald's gossip column by saying publisher George Pitt had "made up" an item about prime ministerial travel as well as another piece on pirating a video tape for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.



PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and Pactok Communications, in Sydney and Port Moresby.

(c)1996-2002 Copyright - All rights reserved.

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.

Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.

For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch

listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific

Media Watch at: E-mail: Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, PO Box 78028, Auckland 1002, New Zealand. New website:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN Report: Most Agricultural Funding Distorts Prices, Harms Environment

Around 87% of the $540 billion in total annual government support given worldwide to agricultural producers includes measures that are price distorting and that can be harmful to nature and health... More>>

UN: Support Afghans In Their Most Perilous Hour, Urges Guterres
The international community should urgently offer a “lifeline” to millions of vulnerable Afghans “who face perhaps their most perilous hour”, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday...More>>

Commonwealth: Championing Climate-vulnerable Small States At COP26

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland called for urgent action to ensure improved climate resilience of small states and promised to amplify the concerns of small and other vulnerable states around climate change at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference...

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: More Than 130 Countries Expected To Announce National Commitments At UN Food Systems Summit
The Heads of State and Government from more than 90 countries are expected to announce their commitments to transform food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at the historic UN Food Systems Summit next week... More>>

UN: Only 2% Of Covid-19 Vaccines Have Been Administered In Africa

More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday... More>>

UN: Climate Action Essential To Cool ‘Season Of Fire And Floods’ Worldwide

With extreme weather events increasingly impacting countries across the world, the deputy UN chief on Monday underlined the importance of limiting temperature rise to the internationally agreed goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels... More>>