Press, Politics and the People in Papua New Guinea explores the changing function of the press in PNG from the post-war Australian return to the coming of independence in 1975. Inspired by Hank Nelson’s pioneering study of the PNG press, it shows how newspapers gradually changed from being a mirror of the expatriate world to a reflection of the growing aspirations of the indigenous people. Drawing on archival research and interviews in the UK, the Vatican, Australia, PNG and Fiji, the book looks at how three newspapers covered some of the most significant stories in PNG’s history. Informed by the author’s experience of growing up in PNG and working as a journalist, trainer and academic in the Pacific, the book also sets the PNG experience against the wider picture in Melanesia.
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