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The Media and journalism challenges in Melanesia: Addressing the impacts of external and internal threats in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Singh, Shailendra B. (2020) The Media and journalism challenges in Melanesia: Addressing the impacts of external and internal threats in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Pacific Journalism Review, 26 (1). pp. 48-62. ISSN 1023-9499

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    Abstract

    This article advances discussions on media freedom and media development in Melanesia through the introduction of an ‘external’ and ‘internal’ threats analytical framework. Singling out the challenges and categorising them into these two main groups provides a clearer picture of the issues at stake, the links between them, and the need to address the situation holistically. External threats emanating from outside the media sector are often seen as more serious, and they often overshadow internal threats, which come from within the media sector. This article argues that both sets of threats have serious impacts on media and journalism in their own ways, and that both should be regarded equally. Furthermore, the linkages between these threats mean that one cannot be properly addressed without addressing the other. A key outcome of this discussion is a clearer understanding of how little control the media have over both external and internal threats, and how stakeholder support is needed to overcome some of the issues. Because good journalism benefits the public, this article argues for increased public support for high-quality journalism that delivers a public benefit.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 12:30
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 12:52
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12243
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