Report – By the PMC news desk
A media commentator and author has warned that press freedom in New Zealand is under threat from the mainstream media’s drive for profit which is threatening the “substance of journalism”.
While none of the journalists killed internationally in 2014 died in New Zealand, and while no journalist had been imprisoned in New Zealand for doing their job this year, New Zealand had in fact reverted from having a “developed”, to a “developing” political economy of communication.
This regression had happened because the mainstream media was increasingly incapable of serving society, as it was obliged to do, said Dr Gavin Ellis, author of a forthcoming global media book and former editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Herald.
The UNESCO lecture was organised in collaboration with the Pacific Media Centre.