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Real media freedom or MSG ‘brownie points’ over West Papua?

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Bloggers, Deconstructing Headlines, Dr David Robie  /  Comments Off on Real media freedom or MSG ‘brownie points’ over West Papua?

First the end-of-the-media blackout in West Papua promise needs to be put to the test. Foreign journalists, including from Pacific countries and New Zealand, need to take up Jokowi’s challenge – and apply to go to there as soon as possible.

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A struggle for ‘truth’ and the NZ media myopic over Fiji, West Papua

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  4 Comments

“At the end of the day, it is not up to the Indonesian people. It is up to the West Papuan people and their right to self-determination, and their right to organise their own media.” – West Papua Media’s Nick Chesterfield

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Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media law

By   /  August 30, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media law

CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft legislation was.

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La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil resource

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil resource

AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation established to manage the country’s energy resources for the benefit of its citizens, alleging “poor management” and “possible corruption”.

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Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media law

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Tempo Semanal, the independent publication run by investigative journalist José Belo, is probably closer to the mark by saying that parts of the law “violate” the Constitution of Timor-Leste. It is an embarrassing defeat for Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao who had backed the law.

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Bad news from East Timor as media faces petro fund ‘guided democracy’ gag

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

SADLY, I have bad news to report from East Timor. It is not yet clear how long my colleagues and I will be able to freely report the news. But readers should know, things are not what they seem in the glowing press releases from Government Palace in Dili.

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Timor-Leste raises bar in media suppression with new law

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  5 Comments

David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific JOURNALISTS and civil society critical of the flawed Fiji mediascape in the lead-up to the first post-coup general election in September should also be up in arms over the attempts to muzzle the press in Timor-Leste. A new law passed by the National Assembly in Dili early last […]

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RSF ‘information hero’ fights new media law in Timor-Leste

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  Comments Off on RSF ‘information hero’ fights new media law in Timor-Leste

Bob Howarth files a special report from Dili for David Robie’s Café Pacific IT WAS a stunt that arguably, in any democratic country on any given day, would have led the media headlines and stopped anyone that cared about their rights to speak freely in their tracks. But as the man who was this year […]

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