Don Pollock, Professor of Communications, was on sabbatical during spring when he worked as a researcher in the journalism program at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. While there, PINA, the Pacific Islands News Association, held its bi-annual conference in Fiji and Pollock attended, interviewing journalists from a dozen different Pacific countries on the current state of media freedom in the Pacific for a video the University of the South Pacific is producing for World Press Freedom Day.
PINA represents journalists working across the Pacific in print, radio, TV and online media. Some of the issues PINA journalists are facing include lack of training for journalists in some less developed countries, low pay for journalists leading some of the best people to take higher paying jobs in public relations and government information, fears of government intervention leading to journalistic self-censorship, and the potential for retaliation for reporting on rampant corruption throughout the region.
Other concerns discussed at the conference include the desire for indigenous ownership of media, the burgeoning move toward freedom of information legislation and the explosion of social media—especially in places with limited access to the Internet and computers. In these areas people, especially young people, are logging on to Facebook and other social media sites using their digital cell phones.
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