Pacific journalism solidarity in the face of overwhelming forces

  • Fred Wesley The Fiji Times
Keywords: democracy, free press, media freedom, Melanesia, Melanesia Media Freedom Forum, Vanuatu, West Papua


Commentary: The Melanesian Media Freedom Forum (MMFF) notes democracy is in retreat and journalists like Victor Mambor (West Papua), Scott Waide (Papua New Guinea) and Dan McGarry (Vanuatu) are carrying the baton for media freedom. There has been a global reversal for a free press that has spanned countries in every region, including long-standing democracies like the United States and consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern has been consistent and ominous.


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Fred Wesley, The Fiji Times

The Fiji Times


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How to Cite
Wesley, F. (2020). Pacific journalism solidarity in the face of overwhelming forces . Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 26(1), 37-42.