Journalists at New Caledonia's only newspaper have voted for a motion of defiance, accusing the new owners of exerting undue pressure and resorting to personal attacks.
The journalists' organisation, SDJ, has taken issue with the new owners for being urged to write a positive article about the territorial government's president, Harold Martin.
He had accused the paper of being biased in reporting about the corruption charges he faces.
The paper owners say the Nouvelles caledoniennes had a front page headline on the issue which didn't match the article.
This year's sale of the paper to New Caledonia business interests has already prompted the resignation of the editor and six journalists.