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VANUATU: Media in uncharted territory with FOI law now in force


Tuesday's Vanuatu Daily Post front page reporting the new law taking effect. Image: PMC

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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MELBOURNE (Radio Australia's Pacific Beat/Pacific Media Watch): Journalists in Vanuatu are already preparing to make Freedom of Information requests to test the governments new law.

David Robie is a professor of journalism at Auckland University of Technology and director of the Pacific Media Centre.

He says the new Right to Information (RTI) law is a step in the right direction and a boost for freedom of information across the Pacific, but it will also take a change in mindset from government officials to make sure the FOI requests are taken seriously.

Reporter: Bindi Bryce

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