Vanuatu news media in unchartered territory as FOI law becomes reality

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Headline: Vanuatu news media in unchartered territory as FOI law becomes reality

Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

ABC’s Pacific Beat interviews Dr David Robie on the impact of the new freedom of information law in Vanuatu. Image: ABC

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