Freedom of the press is generally respected. Former Prime Minister Ieremia Tabai's efforts to launch a private radio station to compete with the state-run broadcaster failed last year, but he did begin distribution of a new independent weekly, the Kiribati New Star, in May. The government-run radio and newspaper offer diverse views. Protestant and Catholic churches publish newsletters and other periodicals. The September 2000 bar on New Zealand-based journalist Michael Field remains in place.