Professor Wadan Narsey Censorship Speech
Artist: Wadan Narsey
Date of Action: August 2021
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.