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‘Pacific Media Watch – the Genesis’, a new freedom, ethics and plurality doco

By   /  July 13, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

Kalafi, Sri and Blessen

Sri Krishnamurthi: “The catalyst for Pacific Media Watch was the jailing of the “Tongan Three” – founding editor of Taimi ‘o Tonga Kalafi Moala, his deputy Filokalafi Akau’ola, and pro-democracy MP ‘Akilisi Pohiva, now Prime Minister of Tonga – for contempt of Parliament in 1996.”

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Global smart tech, ethics and cyber humanism

By   /  July 2, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Pocket slot machine

“Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in [Aldous] Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to ignore the technologies that undo their capacity to think.”

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ABC raid over Afghan Files atrocities allegations ‘chilling’ for freedom of press

By   /  June 7, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

The Afghan Files

An Australian police raid on public broadcaster ABC this week risks having a chilling effect on freedom of the press, its editorial director says. Pacific Media Watch reports the raid related to a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files about alleged misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

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Pacific media freedom and news ‘black holes’ worsen for World Press Freedom Day

By   /  May 4, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Pacific media freedom and news ‘black holes’ worsen for World Press Freedom Day

While Pacific countries have got off rather lightly in a major global media freedom report last month with most named countries apparently “improving”, the reality on World Press Freedom Day is that politicians are becoming more intolerant and belligerent towards news media and information “black holes” are growing.

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‘Leave it up to Parliament,’ says USP academic in wake of Honiara riots

By   /  April 25, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

A Solomon Islands academic says the only body that can find a legitimate solution to his country’s current crisis is the National Parliament, reports Rosalie Nongebatu in the wake of this week’s riots in Honiara.

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Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed minorities’ – like West Papuans

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“Violence on post-Suharto Indonesia, from Aceh to West Papua, from Kalimantan to the Moluccas, is evidence that Java-centric nationalism is unable to distribute power fairly in an imagined Indonesia. It has created unnecessary paranoia and racism among Indonesian migrants in West Papua.” – Andreas Harsono

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Cuba boosting ‘Pacific connection’ in defiance of US blockade

By   /  April 7, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

On a tour of New Zealand, Leima Martinez Freire, Asia Pacific director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) says Cuba is in a position to offer support to Pacific nations, reports Michael Andrew.

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