OBITUARY: Vale Peter Lomas – a checkered journalism legacy

  • Graham Davis Media Consultant and Independent Writer, Sydney
Keywords: accuracy, balance, credibility, editors, fairness, Fiji, Fiji Sun, integrity, newspapers, obituary, PINA, publishers, Samoa, Solomon Islands


Tributes flowed for the death of New Zealand-born Fiji Sun publisher and chief executive Peter Lomas. He spent much of his life in Fiji and the Pacific and, according to his newspaper, 'He was an industry pioneer and one of the last surviving old school "newspaper men" of the Pacific, someone who lived and breathed the news business and practically lived his life in the newsroom'. He was a former editor of Islands Business, the Fiji Daily Post, and worked as a training consultant on the Samoa Observer, Solomon Star, and Elijah Communications in the Cook Islands. In 2001 became the fulltime media development training coordinator for the Suva-based Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). This obituary by a Fiji-born media consultant offers a more nuanced profile of his Fiji Sun tenure.


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Author Biography

Graham Davis, Media Consultant and Independent Writer, Sydney

Graham Davis is an award-winning investigative journalist with dual Fiji-Australian nationality. He became a communications consultant who was the FijiFirst government’s principal communications adviser for six years from 2012 to 2018 and continued to work on Fiji’s global climate and oceans campaign up until the end of the decade.


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How to Cite
Davis, G. (2022). OBITUARY: Vale Peter Lomas – a checkered journalism legacy. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 28(1 & 2), 223-227.