dc.contributor.author Robie, D
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-23T04:24:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-23T04:24:22Z
dc.date.copyright 1998-02
dc.date.issued 2012-08-23
dc.identifier.citation Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 86, Feb 1998: 103-121.
dc.identifier.issn 1329-878X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10292/4578
dc.description.abstract On 19 October 1995, the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea issued the terms of reference for a Constitutional Review Committee's (CRC) Subcommittee on Media Accountability: to examine 'whether changes need to be made to ensure that, while freedom of the press is maintained, owners, editors and journalists of all elements of the media are accountable and that persons aggrieved by media abuses have reasonable redress'. The CRC held a public seminar in January 1996 to explore the issues and the Media Council of Papua New Guinea held a 'freedom at the crossroads' seminar the following month. Public responses were overwhelmingly in favour of the traditional 'free' press in Papua New Guinea, as guaranteed under Section 46 of the Constitution. The report of the Subcommittee on Media Accountability to Parliament in June 1996 essentially came to the same conclusion. However, the CRC introduced three draft media laws in November which introduced a controversial system involving a Media Commission, registration of journalists, licensing of media organisations and serious penalties for transgressors. The proposed legislation was widely condemned and was eventually shelved in February 1997. A general view is that the media debate was manipulated by a small group of politicians out of self-interest. This paper examines the developments in the context of the erosion of the news media and free expression in the South Pacific generally.
dc.language English
dc.publisher Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy; University of Queensland, School of Journalism and Communication
dc.relation.uri http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=093339220836478;res=IELLCC
dc.rights The journal is available through subscription, for individual purchase or through membership of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Back issues of MIA are available to certain organisations as donations.
dc.subject Press freedom
dc.subject Media freedom
dc.subject Media regulation
dc.subject Media self-regulation
dc.subject Media law
dc.subject Media licensing
dc.subject Journalist registration
dc.subject Freedom of expression
dc.title Community, demagogues and the South Pacific news media
dc.type Journal Article
dc.rights.accessrights OpenAccess
aut.relation.articlenumber 9
aut.relation.endpage 121
aut.relation.issue 18
aut.relation.startpage 103

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