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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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Free media week killings underscore crimes of impunity against journalists

By   /  May 3, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Free media week killings underscore crimes of impunity against journalists

It was the also the most horrendous day for global media too since the Ampatuan massacre on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on 23 November 2009. A shocking 32 journalists were murdered that day … To date nobody has been successfully brought to justice.

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The Ben Bohane photo that Facebook censored on an article about Indonesia

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The original version of this photo, of West Papuan nambas (traditional penis gourds), which was published in the weekend edition of the family newspaper Vanuatu Daily Post and then by Asia Pacific Report, was deemed to have breached Facebook’s “community standards”. The photo was by award-winning photojournalist Ben Bohane, who lives in Vanuatu and whose work was published recently in the PMC book Conflict, Culture and Conscience.

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Bearing Witness climate storytellers arrive for Fiji challenge

By   /  April 15, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Hele Ikimotu and Blessen Tom bear a close connection to the impact climate change is wreaking on the Pacific region and wider world for their new Bearing Witness challenge. Ikimotu is from Kiribati and his passion for the Bearing Witness project is drawn from his close connection to the Pacific.

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Flashback to the 1968 My Lai massacre: ‘Something dark and bloody’

By   /  March 18, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

“After the shooting was over, the soldiers went and were eating their lunch, really literally next to the ditch, next to the bodies. And that’s how disconnected you get,” Seymour Hersh, the investigative reporter who uncovered the story, said on Democracy Now.

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Harsh response lessons abound in wake of PNG’s ‘invisible’ quake

By   /  March 11, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

It has been described by the BBC as the “invisible quake” – at least to the outside world. However, more than 100 people have died with landslides engulfing entire villages in the Papua New Guinean Highlands earthquake … PNG journalists have been doing an admirable job reporting the disaster to international media as well as their own people in difficult and risky circumstances.

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Where were the Pacific activists and independent media at climate summit?

By   /  February 27, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Another critical takeaway message was the vital need for “more Pacific research, by the Pacific and for the Pacific”, as expressed by 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Professor Elisabeth Holland, director of the University of the South Pacific’s Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD).

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Coups, globalisation and tough questions for Fiji’s future

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Since former Fiji military leader Voreqe Bainimarama carried out his “coup to end all coups” in 2006 and ushered in his authoritarian regime, he has reset electoral rules, abolished communalism in order to pull the rug from under the old chiefly elite, and provided the first non-communal foundation for voting in Fiji. A new book assesses his political role as he faces another election this year.

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UN critics join global outrage over Duterte’s Rappler ‘free press’ attack

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Media freedom advocates claim that the Philippines is facing its worst free expression and security crisis since the Marcos dictatorship, with The New York Times denouncing the “ruthlessness” and “viciousness” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for democracy in his bid to close the critical Rappler.

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Three years after Charlie tragedy, ‘blaspheming’ journalists still face death

By   /  January 6, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Three years after 12 people were killed at the Paris headquarters of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015, those who censor in the name of God still pose one of the gravest threats to the freedom to inform almost everywhere in the world. From one continent to the next, calls for the deaths of journalists accused of blasphemy circulate widely on social networks.

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Film industry sources criticise TVNZ ‘devaluing’ of Māori programmes

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Film industry sources criticise TVNZ ‘devaluing’ of Māori programmes

Independent filmmakers fear a slow erosion of Māori and Pacific content at Television New Zealand has begun. Their fears have emerged after the role of commissioner for Māori and Pacific programmes was removed from a full-time commissioning role in recent restructuring by TVNZ.

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