Hostile Media environments

Media under strain in Melanesia during challenging era

With its first special edition focussed on Melanesia, the New Zealand-based research journal warned that laws and cultural restrictions were providing barriers to open information, as well as silencing journalists.

The region's pressing media problems are explored in depth in what the journal's editor, David Robie, describes as the most significant volume of Pacific journalism research ever produced.

He said with the region now in a challenging period, when countries confront the pandemic, it was worrying that the climate change crisis was sidelined.