The Rali affair: A case study for a free press


  • David Robie
Keywords: free press, UPNG, university media, Uni Tavur, investigative journalism, student journalism, student press


In early 1996, a PNG news media cover-up was alleged over the so-called Topul Rali affair. An exposé by the student newspaper Uni Tavur led to a clash with the University of PNG administration and the journalism programme was closed down three years later. 


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How to Cite
Robie, D. (1999). The Rali affair: A case study for a free press: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM 2. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 5(1), 114-124.

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