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Rendezvous with the ‘no nukes’ Vanuatu cover girl after 33 years

By   /  September 4, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

“No nukes”: A remarkable scene in Port Vila’s Independence Park in 1983 during the region’s second Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific Movement conference revisited three decades on.

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‘That day I saw the power of media, and how it can be tragic’

By   /  July 23, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Emily Matasororo was on campus that fateful day last month in Papua New Guinea when heavily armed police in camouflage fatigues opened fire with tear gas and live rounds on the peaceful students. She tells her story and what needs to happen now.

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Fresh wave of mass arrests to intimidate West Papuans

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

“The biggest human rights disaster in the Pacific is happening [just north-west of New Zealand] and we West Papuans are worried that if this genocide and illegal occupation continues to be ignored, in the next few decades we will be completely wiped out from our own country.” – Benny Wenda

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Strange local silence over shocking PNG shooting of peaceful student protesters

By   /  June 9, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The Papua New Guinea police opened fire yesterday on a group of students at the University of Papua New Guinea who were peacefully protesting against the alleged corruption of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Several eye-witnesses have come forward to say they saw students beaten and shot at, including one case where a student was shot in the head. Why the muted attention from much of our media?

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West Papua: The crackdown aftermath – finding a dignified solution

By   /  May 7, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

From the voices we do not hear in the New Zealand media about West Papua. Hundreds of peaceful Papuan protesters were arrested and detained this week. Visit Asia Pacific Report for comprehensive reports and read West Papuan Reverend Benny Giay’s measured analysis in this guest blog.

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Polar bear mojo for Greenpeace captain’s environmental thriller

By   /  April 10, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Peter Willcox was captain of the bombed Rainbow Warrior in Auckland in 1985. Now he has a new book out next week that tells his agenda-setting story over three decades from the Rainbow Warrior sabotage to being thrown into Russian jails for two months and charged with piracy as skipper of the Arctic Sunrise in an oil drilling rig protest.

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TPP pact signed amid huge protests – Asia Pacific Report

By   /  February 5, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  17 Comments

The new website Asia Pacific Report – just one week old – provided extensive coverage of the democracy protest in Auckland. Asia Pacific, published by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, has a range of stories, pictures, video and comment.

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New Asia Pacific Report website takes off

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Multimedia Investments Ltd  /  2 Comments

An enterprising new media collaboration between a journalism centre and an independent news organisation takes off tonight in a bid to bolster Asia Pacific news and analysis in New Zealand. – Item from Pacific Media Watch.

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Veteran Rainbow Warrior activist, global eco advocate to co-lead Greenpeace

By   /  January 17, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

New Zealand’s Bunny McDiarmid has been named as one of two women to head the global environmental group Greenpeace International as co-executive directors in an innovative agenda setting move. Report from Pacific Media Watch

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COP21: ‘1.5 to stay alive’ – historic climate deal slammed by Pacific critics

By   /  December 12, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Historic climate deal at COP21 but already it is being criticised by Pacific commentators as not enough. Pacific Media Watch and Pacnews: Makereta Komai reports earlier from Paris on how the three major oil and gas economies – Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela – had emerged as the main stumbling block to the push by Pacific and Small Island Developing States to limit global temperature to 1.5C degrees.

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Beirut and Paris: Two terror attacks with different tales

By   /  November 15, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  32 Comments

As for the clearly political repercussions of the Paris massacre, which French President François Hollande has blamed on the Islamic State group, persecuted refugees and minorities naturally stand to bear the brunt of the inevitable racist and xenophobic backlash — a godsend for right-wing European politicians and organisations. – Belen Fernandez (Green Left)

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The digital media revolution, a free press and Pacific student journalism

By   /  November 6, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Our communities deserve the best from their media in these deceitful times. University media are among the few that can still be trusted and they should do their best to contribute to democracy with integrity.

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From ‘reality’ TV to the reality of documentary making – the new civic impulse

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  1 Comment

The rise of popular factual television has threatened the key claim on “reality” of documentary practice but there is hope on the horizon in the post-documentary era, says Pacific Journalism Review in the latest edition published this week.

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Marshall Islands nuclear lawsuit inspires support at NZ peace action conference

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

One of the most popular sessions at the conference was devoted to the refugee crisis with several speakers describing their experiences as refugees and overcoming the New Zealand bureaucracy barriers in becoming established citizens and residents in this country.

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‘World Without War’ – and a conference to help make it happen?

By   /  September 18, 2015  /  Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Peace Foundation president Dr John Hinchcliff says the world is facing a grim future in many directions and his organisation has promoted an action conference this weekend.

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Rainbow Warrior bombing ‘should have led to French Watergate’

By   /  September 7, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The claim that the secret sabotage operation never meant to kill anybody is unconvincing for anybody on board the Rainbow Warrior on that tragic night of 10 July 1985 when New Zealand lost its political innocence.

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