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The political gorilla and the Pacific Forum : getting it right?

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Alan KnightAlan Knight
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has often complained of ‘inaccuracy, misinformation, distortion and bias’ in reporting the Pacific region. Yet there is more to ‘getting it right’ than accurately reporting Qarase’s facts. What of journalists’ unstated cultures and conventions which frame international news so that international reporting of Pacific events may bear little resemblance to community priorities? Are the resulting perceptions of misinformation and distortion created by differing national agendas,corporate interests, cultural assumptions or even lingering colonial prejudices? This article examines Australian press reporting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) summit meeting held in Samoa in August 2004 and compares it to that of the Pacific and New Zealand regional press. Reporters’ and editors’ views are contextualised with the official communiqué issued at the end of the conference.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

11

Issue

2

Start Page

170

End Page

190

Number of Pages

21

eISSN

1023-9499

Location

Auckland

Publisher

Auckland University of Technology

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Pacific journalism review.

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