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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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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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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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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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The digital media revolution, a free press and Pacific student journalism

By   /  November 6, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Our communities deserve the best from their media in these deceitful times. University media are among the few that can still be trusted and they should do their best to contribute to democracy with integrity.

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Time to end this noose around the Fiji media’s neck

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  Comments Off on Time to end this noose around the Fiji media’s neck

“While the media is bound by restrictive rules and regulations, the Fiji media authority can act with virtual impunity. Where is the balance and fairness government is preaching about?” – Dr Biman Prasad

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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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Time to end West Papua atrocities, isolation – and back up its Pacific claims

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

New Zealand should be demanding more action from our government and media about West Papua and more accountability from the Indonesians. The West Papuans are our Pacific neighbours and they need support from all Pacific Islanders.

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Improving Pacific media freedom record … but let’s get real

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

It’s great to get some bouquets on media freedom issues instead of brickbacks in the Pacific for a change. But let’s not get carried away, especially over Fiji.

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Plea to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons in defiance of ‘barbarity’

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  Bloggers, Deconstructing Headlines, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

Renowned internationally for its scathing and hilarious cartoons, Charlie Hebdo has always put its fight for freedom of information first, says RSF. And now its staff has been decimated by an unspeakable act of violence.

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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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Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political journalism event

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  1 Comment

A conference next week, hosted by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, will examine “Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific” and also celebrate 20 years of publication of the research journal Pacific Journalism Review. Speakers from Fiji, Philippines, Timor-Leste, West Papua and other countries are taking part.

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Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citizens

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Anna Majavu profiles the “moment of truth” political mass surveillance meeting last night and the “spooks” sparring over the last few days for the Pacific Media Watch regional monitoring group.

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‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards,’ says Fiji death threat journalist

By   /  September 13, 2014  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The Paris-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation this week against political reporters covering Fiji’s first parliamentary election campaign since the 2006 coup.

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Indonesian ‘open door’ policy on West Papua ‘a lie’ as French journos still detained

By   /  September 6, 2014  /  Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Indonesian ‘open door’ policy on West Papua ‘a lie’ as French journos still detained

RECENT claims by Indonesian authorities that there was a fresh “open door” policy over inquisitive journalists wanting to enter West Papua and report “on the level” have turned out to be false.

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