Holding the Line? Keeping independent may be a close-run thing for media in PNG

Duffield, Lee R. (2005) Holding the Line? Keeping independent may be a close-run thing for media in PNG. Pacific Journalism Review, 11(2), pp. 102-126.


This investigation deploys journalistic expertise and method to bring information about media and government relations in Papua New Guinea up to date. The researcher identifies the news agenda by means of a press review over two weeks; discusses the issues raised with informed interviewees from government, media and uuniversities; and checks the information against published research. The report traces a tense media-government relationship, marked by mutual recrimination over access to information. While government observes principles of free speech, and day-by-day relations are cordial, there have been recurrent moves towards regulation of news media, and many instances of intimidation of journalists. A general context of economic stress, official courruption, and violence exacerbates negative feelings, despite efforts on both sides to maintain detente. The relationship is seen heading towards a possible show-down over Rimbunan Hijau, the timber company widely accused of environmental crimes, abuse of citizens and corruption of high officials.

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ID Code: 3917
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: PNG, media, journalists, RH, Somare, Post Courier, The National
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 School of Communication Studies, AUT University
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:17

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