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RSF media freedom index warns on Fiji, PNG

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

From Pacific Scoop via Reporters Sans Frontières & Pacific Media Watch

Threats to the media in the South Pacific should not be taken lightly in two Melanesian countries, says the Paris-based global press freedom advocacy group Reporters Sans Frontières.

Papua New Guinea has dropped six places to 41st in the latest RSF World Press Freedom Index with the security forces being “regularly involved in attacks on journalists”.

In Fiji, in spite of a 10-place rise to 107th – explained in part by the decline of other countries in this section of the index, news organisations are threatened under the Media Industry Development Decree with exorbitant fines, or even imprisonment, as in the case of a recently convicted editor of The Fiji Times.

Elsewhere in the South Pacific did not rate a mention in the report, which highlighted the “Burmese spring” in the Asia-Pacific region.

But among other Pacific Islands Forum countries, New Zealand rose five places to eighth and Australia climbed four places to 26th.

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  1. Rata Palisah
    January 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I see no reason why PNG is been mentioned. While Fiji is worthy of mention. I haven’t heard of any journalist being jailed in PNG for reporting other than some critism which is expected in any democracy.

  2. February 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    It would be better, PNG was not included in this list. PNG has the freedoms of speechs and media unlike Fiji where media is controlled.

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