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PHILIPPINES: RSF condemns killing of radio journalist – shot driving to work


Philippine radio journalist Joey Llana ... shot at least 14 times in ambush as he drove to work at Radio DwZR in Legazpi City. Image: RSF Paris

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Item: 10192

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the killing of Philippine radio journalist Joey Llana near Legazpi City, at the southeastern tip of the island of Luzon, and has called on the authorities to do everything possible to find those responsible.

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INDONESIA: Papua ‘cover-up reflex’ prompts police dormitory raid


A video of a demonstration marking the bloody Biak massacre of 6 July 1998 staged last year. Video: BBB Times

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Item: 10191

By Michelle Winowatan
JAKARTA (Human Rights Watch/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch):  Dozens of Indonesian military and police personnel raided a student dormitory in Surabaya on July 6 to stop the screening of a documentary about security force atrocities in Papua.

It is the latest example of the government’s determination not to deal with past abuses in the country’s easternmost province.

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NAURU: Protests gather force over ban on ABC from covering Pacific Forum


ABC ban ... "The Nauruan government should not be allowed to dictate who fills the positions in an Australian media pool." Image: David Robie/PMC

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Item: 10190

By Mong Palatino
SYDNEY (Global Voices/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Protests have been gathering force over the Nauru government ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Summit in September.

Nauru accused ABC, which is Australia’s public broadcaster, of biased and false reporting.

The summit is an annual gathering of Oceania’s heads of state, where important matters concerning the region are addressed.

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NZ: Colin Peacock: New era heralded in broadcasting – or more of the same?


Minister Claire Curran ... "shameful and embarrassing" how public broadcasting spending in other countries dwarfs NZ. Image: Richard Tindiller/RNZ

Friday, July 13, 2018

Item: 10189

ANALYSIS: By Colin Peacock of RNZ’s Mediawatch
WELLINGTON (RNZ Mediawatch/Asia Pacific Rwport/Pacific Media Watch): The allocation of $15 million for public broadcasting will be split between RNZ, New Zealand on Air and a new fund targeting “under-served audiences”. It’s the biggest single boost for public broadcasting for a decade, but will it make a big difference?

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GLOBAL: ‘Sick joke’, threats cited in Asia-Pacific media freedom summit


Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire talks about the global threat against journalists. Video: Café Pacific

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Item: 10188

By David Robie
PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): When Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire introduced the Paris-based global media watchdog’s Asia-Pacific press freedom defenders to his overview last week, it was grim listening.

First up in RSF’s catalogue of crimes and threats against the global media was Czech President Miloš Zeman’s macabre press conference stunt late last year.

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Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

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NAURU: Government’s move against press freedom ‘disgraceful’, says Red Ink


SBS report on the 'outrageous" Nauru ban on the Australian public broadcaster ABC from the forthcoming Pacific Islands Forum. Image: SBS/PMC

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Item: 10187

COMMENT: By Miranda Ward on Red Ink
SYDNEY (Nine Network/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Nauru government’s refusal to allow the ABC from entering the country to cover the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum is disgraceful.

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NZ: Journalist tells of Rainbow Warrior bombing, Pacific fallout on ABC


Journalist, media educator and author David Robie ... Rainbow Warrior bombing reflections after 33 years. Image: PMC

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Item: 10186

AUCKLAND (ABC Nightlife/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): 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 programme.

About the authors

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David Robie

Professor, PMC Director

Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

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NZ: Former PCF media intern welcomes Pacific exchange newbies


Adi Anaesini Civavonovono of Fiji (left) and Elizabeth Osifelo of Solomon Islands against the green screen in the television studios during their visit to Auckland University of Technology this week. Pauline Mago-King is right rear. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Friday, June 29, 2018

Item: 10185

By Rahul Bhattarai
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): It was a case of Pacific meets Pacific in AUT’s School of Communication Studies this week as one of the inaugural winners of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation internships welcomed this year’s new batch of four student journalists from Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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REGION: Help ‘revitalise’ Australia’s broadcast voice in Asia-Pacific plea


Supporters of ABC Pacific and Asia ... a photo taken during an ABC MDI trip to Bougainville in 2012. Image: Sue Ahearn/Supporters of ABC

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Item: 10184

MELBOURNE (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A group of Australia-based supporters is trying to revitalise Australian broadcasting in the Pacific and Asia region.

For more than 50 years, ABC-Radio Australia was a trusted and respected friend in the region broadcasting independent news and information, says the group in a media release.

But five years ago, the service was almost silenced by budget cuts.

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INDONESIA: RSF plea to investigate reporter’s death in detention


A journalist has died while in Indonesian police custody after investigating land disputes linked to the palm oil industry. Image: Tempo - Adek Berry/AFP/RSF

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Item: 10183

PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for an independent inquiry into the death in detention of Muhammad Yusuf, a reporter who was being held in South Kalimantan province, in the far south of the Indonesian part of Borneo, on a charge of defaming a local palm oil production company.

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