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Rights groups condemn ‘cowardly censorship’ bid over Al Jazeera

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

“The attack on Al Jazeera is part of an assault on free speech to subvert the impact of old and new media in the Arab world. It should be condemned and resisted.” One of many global media responses.

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Celebrating 30 years of Nuclear-Free Aotearoa — the Pacific connection

By   /  June 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

While the New Zealand campaign and success with the nuclear-free legislation was tremendously inspirational for the Pacific and globally, it should not be forgotten that some small Pacific countries and communities were actually ahead of the game.

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An Indonesian oasis of progressive creativity emerges in culture city

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Dr Max Lane, pictured here with Faiza Mardzoeki, talks about his project to establish a community and activist library for the student city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Video: Café Pacific David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific A vision for a progressive activists, writers and researchers retreat in the lush outskirts of Indonesia’s most cultural […]

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Rave hospitality, but Indonesia fails West Papua with media freedom hypocrisy

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“Indonesian hospitality was given a rave notice this week for hosting World Press Freedom Day 2017, but it was also given a huge black mark for its ‘gagging’ of free discussion over West Papua violations.” The author was one of just two New Zealanders among 1300 media people at WPFD2017.

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Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Freedom advocates and human rights activists will next week focus global attention on the “media blackout” long imposed by Indonesian authorities on West Papua, in spite of promises to open up access to the two adjoining independent Papua New Guinea.

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Wanted: Better urban planning to reduce Fiji’s climate change impact

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Wanted: Better urban planning to reduce Fiji’s climate change impact

More than a year on from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston — which devastated Fiji early last year, leaving 44 people dead and 45,000 displaced — a Fijian planning researcher offers his scenario around climate change. His message is good for much of the Pacific.

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Latest West Papua journalist blacklisting another serious violation by Indonesia

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The blacklisting of Jack Hewson, a freelance journalist working for Al Jazeera, shows the Indonesian government’s paranoia towards foreign journalists.

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VIDEO: CAFCA’s Murray Horton on NZ’s independence and foreign policy

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

In the era of President Donald Trump in the US, CAFCA’s Murray Horton provides a hard look at Aotearoa’s place in the world. And he asks the question – why are we still a loyal member of the American Empire?

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Grief, repression, life and death in West Papua’s Highlands

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The global “Free West Papua” movement, fuelled by inspired and continuous social media exposes and debate, has been growing exponentially in recent years. But you wouldn’t know that if you merely relied on the parochial New Zealand media.

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West Papuan students stage anti-Freeport protests in Indonesia

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Demonstrators from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) have staged protests across Indonesia, demanding the right to self-determination and the closure of the PT Freeport gold and copper mine. This is the mine that the $20 billion NZ Superannuation Fund was forced to pull out of in 2012 after sustained protest about its “unethical” investment in the US-based company.

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NZ journalists working harder, women disadvantaged, says new research

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

A survey of New Zealand professional journalists, published in Pacific Journalism Review, shows for the first time that women journalists are paid less than men, despite making up the bulk of the workforce. Female journalists, despite predominating in the profession, are significantly disadvantaged in terms of promotion and income.

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Journalism as it plays out on the ‘real’ human rights frontlines

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The inaugural Pogau Award for courage in journalism: “Every year this award will always remind us about the human rights abuses never addressed in Indonesia since the 1965 massacre.”

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Colourful, vibrant Aotearoa rally condemns Trump’s ‘racist, Islamophobic’ bans

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Quote: “They continue a pattern of white supremacist immigration exclusion in colonial settler countries like the United States. Bill English refusing to call it for what it is – racist – is a dangerously weak response and doesn’t represent the people of Aotearoa.”

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What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

People have a sense of some hope, some improvement. The “change of style” introduced by the Democracy Coalition to Tonga’s politics is something the people can still support despite the “hiccups”, says ‘Atenisi’s Dr Michael Horowitz.

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Florida airport massacre – few basic questions being raised

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

What has struck me most is that several key issues have barely been covered in the media soul-searching, topmost being the bizarre gun culture itself.

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Carry on Fidel Castro’s global legacy, says Cuban ambassador

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Fundamental rights – the right to food, education and health – need to come before a narrow Western concept of human rights.

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