Professor Wadan Narsey Censorship Speech

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Lesson Planned

Artist: Wadan Narsey

Year: 2013

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: Australia

Location: Fiji

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion


Confronting Bodies: University of the South Pacific Administration

Description of Artwork: Professor Wadan Narsey, a Fiji economist and academic was to offer a speech about censorship to journalism students at the University of the South Pacific on World Press Freedom Day.

The Incident: Narsey was prevented from giving his intended speech after pressure from the university administration. According to the professor, the companies that own Fiji's media outlet want to maintain a positive relationship with the current government (which was installed by military coup), and any self-censorship is from management rather than individual journalists.

Results of Incident: Professor Narsey was unable to give his desired speech on censorship.