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Responsible conflict reporting: rethinking the role of journalism in Fiji and other troubled Pacific societies

Singh, Shailendra B. (2013) Responsible conflict reporting: rethinking the role of journalism in Fiji and other troubled Pacific societies. Pacific Journalism Review, 19 (1). pp. 111-131. ISSN 1023-9499

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    Abstract

    This article moots the idea of ‘responsible conflict reporting’ in Fiji and the region. Prolonged conflict, including four coups since 1987, has resulted in a pattern of social and economic decline in Fiji. In Melanesia as a whole, internal conflict is seen as a major security threat. Just as elsewhere, media in the Pacific – fairly or unfairly – have been criticised for misreporting conflicts and exacerbating tense situations. The proposed responsible conflict reporting can be seen as a response to these longstanding trends and concerns. By fusing the appropriate themes from these related, if disparate frameworks, responsible conflict reporting goes beyond typical media interventions that focus mostly on current ‘hot conflicts’ without adequately addressing their long-term, structural causes.

    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: Shailendra Singh
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 12:54
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 11:49
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7825
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