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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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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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