Media freedom in Melanesia: the challenges of researching the impact of national security legislation

M'Balla-Ndi Oelgemoeller, Marie, and Obijiofor, Levi (2020) Media freedom in Melanesia: the challenges of researching the impact of national security legislation. Pacific Journalism Review, 26 (1). pp. 75-85.

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Abstract

Commentary: In a global context of national security anxiety, governments across the world are passing an increasing number of laws in response to terror-related threats. Often, national security laws undermine media freedom and infringe on democratic principles and basic human rights. Threats to media freedom and abuse of journalists are also increasing in Melanesia. This commentary argues that in a regional context of repetitive political coups, failures in governance, high levels of corruption, insurrections, or even media crises, the tensions between national security legislation and media freedom need to be examined cautiously. The authors suggest that strong methodological and theoretical frameworks that allow for serious consideration of cultural practices and protocols will be necessary to conduct research examining these tensions in Melanesia.

Item ID: 62891
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2324-2035
Keywords: comparative studies, journalism practice, media freedom, Melanesia, Melanesia Media Freedom Forum, national security, South Pacific
Copyright Information: Copyright (c) 2020 Marie M'Balla-Ndi Oelgemoeller, Levi Obijiofor Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 01:42
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies @ 60%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4518 Pacific Peoples society and community > 451899 Pacific Peoples, society and community not elsewhere classified @ 10%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4513 Pacific Peoples culture, language and history > 451311 Pacific Peoples literature, journalism and professional writing @ 30%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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