Press Coverage of AIDS/HIV in the South Pacific: Short-term View of a Long-term Problem

  • Trevor Cullen
Keywords: Reporters and reporting


Newspaper editors need to play their part in tackling the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South Pacific region as they have enormous influence and can make a difference. They can help challenge public opinion on HIV/AIDS that is often based on ignorance, fear and prejudice, and also step up coverage and allocate more space for information about prevention.



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How to Cite
Cullen, T. (2003). Press Coverage of AIDS/HIV in the South Pacific: Short-term View of a Long-term Problem. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 9(1), 138-147.