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Gallery: Prayers and hijabs for peace at Ponsonby

By   /  March 23, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The Pacific Media Centre has featured the Christchurch mosque terror attacks and the fallout in a series of articles, image galleries, videos and podcasts.

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Sasya Wreksono: We mourn, reflect and face up to NZ’s ‘fragment of darkness’

By   /  March 17, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“What happened on Friday was appallingly, disgustingly atrocious. While we undoubtedly need to hold alt-right politicians and commentators around the west accountable for pushing the rhetoric of white supremacy and Islamophobia, in turn cultivating bigotry and hatred, we can still do something here at home.”

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Timor-Leste Press Council condemns ‘crime’ against public broadcaster

By   /  February 3, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Timor-Leste Press Council condemns ‘crime’ against public broadcaster

“It is a crime against journalism as these people have seized the power of the editor-in-chief for exercising their political interests.”

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Sacked head of Timor-Leste state broadcaster claims ‘political axe’

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

A Fretilin-appointed head of Timor-Leste’s public television broadcaster who has been sacked after a change of government says he has been fighting against political interference for years.

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West Papuan ‘independence day’ – nationalist militia attack rally in Surabaya

By   /  December 2, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Police later raided Papuan student dormitories in the evening and detained 233 students in a day of human rights violations as Indonesian authorities cracked down on demonstrations marking December 1 – “independence day”, according to protesters.

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Bainimarama’s FijiFirst survives scare to win Fiji election – awarded 27 seats

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, leader of the ruling FijiFirst party, finished off on a strong footing after an early scare in a challenge from the original 1987 Fiji coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka’s SODELPA, raking in 167,732 votes in the results by candidate tally to have the highest personal vote.

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New Caledonia blockade tension over as French PM’s talks address future

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

New Caledonia referendum: The pro-independence hand has been strengthened by the success of mobilising young people and showing the world that they “are serious” about their vision of a new nation, Kanaky New Caledonia.

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A future in Pacific journalism in the age of ‘media phobia’

By   /  October 25, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Khashoggi aftermath: “Today assassinations, murders – especially the killing of those involved in investigating corruption – kidnappings, hostage taking are increasingly the norm. And being targeted by vicious trolls, often with death threats, is a media fact of life these days.”

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Paga Hill iconic human rights documentary banned from PNG festival

By   /  October 13, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Joe Moses: “It is shameful that [the PNG] government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our country’s only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?”

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John Pilger: ‘Hold the front page. The reporters are missing’

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

“Media Lens has shattered a silence about corporate journalism. Like Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman in Manufacturing Consent, they represent a Fifth Estate that deconstructs and demystifies the media’s power.”

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Nuclear free and independent Pacific – how the zone began 33 years ago and what now?

By   /  August 16, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The South Pacific Nuclear Free Pacific Zone Treaty 33 years ago ushered in a radical era for the Pacific, which predated NZ’s own nuclear-free law.

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‘Blacklisted’ Indonesian studies researcher detained in Bali airport

By   /  August 4, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

“This is not a joke: I’m blacklisted by the Indonesian government. Saya termasuk dalam daftar tangkal Indonesia (terjemahan dibawah). I’ve been refused entry to Bali and have been held in a room at Denpasar airport on a couch since midnight… I explained I was on a holiday.”

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Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published. Overall, they are excellent exposes of the harsh repression of the Melanesian people of West Papua and a world that has largely closed a blind eye to to human rights violations.

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Nauru, Fiji and Pacific Facebook gags criticised in Asia-Pacific media freedom summit

By   /  July 14, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

When Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire introduced the Paris-based global media watchdog’s Asia-Pacific press freedom defenders – including from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea – to his overview last week, it was grim listening.

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This week in history – the Rainbow Warrior bombing as told to ABC’s Nightlife

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Pacific environmental and political journalist David Robie has recalled the bombing of the original Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior 33 years ago in an interview with host Sarah Macdonald on the ABC’s Nightlife “This Week in History” programme.

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Former military chief warns PNG soldiers could be ‘outgunned’ in Mendi strife

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Former Brigadier-General Jerry Singirok, a former commander of the PNG Defence Force has described Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government response to last week’s Mendi riots as a “premature state of emergency” and a “cheap, reckless and knee-jerk option”.

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