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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  /  8 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  /  9 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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PMC photojournalism book offers ‘window’ into Pacific culture, issues

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on PMC photojournalism book offers ‘window’ into Pacific culture, issues

The new book, Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017, has been launched to mark the 10th anniversary of AUT’s centre. It is divided into four themes – culture, environment, women, and politics, protest and conflict – through which the richness of the region comes through.

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PMC to put spotlight on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’

By   /  November 22, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Media freedom seminar: The Philippines is the country with the largest single massacre of journalists – 32 on the island of Mindanao in 2009, where a three-month urban siege against jihadists in Marawi City has recently ended with a toll on many newsrooms.

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PNG activist blogger Martyn Namorong protests online in defiance of gag order

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on PNG activist blogger Martyn Namorong protests online in defiance of gag order

“Gagged” PNG blogger Martyn Namorong is not the only one critical of the just-ended elections … News reports mentioned complaints of alleged irregularities … such as discrepancies in voter rolls, inadequate support for polling staff, and inefficient counting of results.

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Why the PNG election is heading the country towards ‘dictatorship’

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“We are inching closer towards dictatorship and the ensuing bloodshed and violence that must come from the hostility towards it. But, like lemmings and sheep, we are led to that reality with little resistance at all. Is this the Papua New Guinea we all believed in once upon a time?” — Oro Governor Gary Juffa

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Rights groups condemn ‘cowardly censorship’ bid over Al Jazeera

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

“The attack on Al Jazeera is part of an assault on free speech to subvert the impact of old and new media in the Arab world. It should be condemned and resisted.” One of many global media responses.

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Celebrating 30 years of Nuclear-Free Aotearoa — the Pacific connection

By   /  June 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

While the New Zealand campaign and success with the nuclear-free legislation was tremendously inspirational for the Pacific and globally, it should not be forgotten that some small Pacific countries and communities were actually ahead of the game.

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An Indonesian oasis of progressive creativity emerges in culture city

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Dr Max Lane, pictured here with Faiza Mardzoeki, talks about his project to establish a community and activist library for the student city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Video: Café Pacific David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific A vision for a progressive activists, writers and researchers retreat in the lush outskirts of Indonesia’s most cultural […]

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Rave hospitality, but Indonesia fails West Papua with media freedom hypocrisy

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“Indonesian hospitality was given a rave notice this week for hosting World Press Freedom Day 2017, but it was also given a huge black mark for its ‘gagging’ of free discussion over West Papua violations.” The author was one of just two New Zealanders among 1300 media people at WPFD2017.

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Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Freedom advocates and human rights activists will next week focus global attention on the “media blackout” long imposed by Indonesian authorities on West Papua, in spite of promises to open up access to the two adjoining independent Papua New Guinea.

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Wanted: Better urban planning to reduce Fiji’s climate change impact

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Wanted: Better urban planning to reduce Fiji’s climate change impact

More than a year on from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston — which devastated Fiji early last year, leaving 44 people dead and 45,000 displaced — a Fijian planning researcher offers his scenario around climate change. His message is good for much of the Pacific.

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Latest West Papua journalist blacklisting another serious violation by Indonesia

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The blacklisting of Jack Hewson, a freelance journalist working for Al Jazeera, shows the Indonesian government’s paranoia towards foreign journalists.

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VIDEO: CAFCA’s Murray Horton on NZ’s independence and foreign policy

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

In the era of President Donald Trump in the US, CAFCA’s Murray Horton provides a hard look at Aotearoa’s place in the world. And he asks the question – why are we still a loyal member of the American Empire?

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