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REGION: USTKE fights for Kanak poll rights and other Pacific issues


A workers rally in Noumea organised by USTKE. Image: PMC file

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Item: 10240

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): As New Caledonia’s November 4 referendum on independence approaches, both pro and anti-independence groups are ramping up their campaigns. But, as Michael Andrew reports, some groups are choosing not to participate, arguing that the referendum is “unfair and dishonest”.

Andrew is one of the AUT’s Pacific Media Centre postgraduate student journalists reporting this semester for Asia Pacific Report. He writes:

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WEST PAPUA: Indonesia arrests 67 students backing Vanuatu’s UN bid


Arrested West Papuan students ... backing Vanuatu's bid for United Nations support for Papuan self-determination. Image: Voice WestPapuan

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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By Benny Mawel
JAYAPURA (Asia Pacific Report/Tabloid Jubi/Pacific Media Watch): Students from several tertiary institutions in the Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura have been holding actions to support efforts by Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to take the West Papua issue before the 72rd Session of the UN General Assembly this week.

Protest actions organised by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) on Monday ended with students being assaulted and arrested by police.

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AUSTRALIA: Next ABC chief must be advocate for public broadcasting, says MEAA


Dumped ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie ... her term will be remembered for "historically low" funding, redundancies. Image: SBS

Monday, September 24, 2018

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SYDNEY (Asia Pacific Report/MEAA/Pacific Media Watch): The next managing director of the ABC must be prepared to fight for better funding and independence, and to champion public broadcasting in a hostile political environment, says the union representing the ABC’s editorial staff.

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) says the sacking of Michelle Guthrie follows a tumultuous period for the ABC.

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NZ: Aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack


A group working on foreign aid strategy in Solomon Islands. Image: RNZ Pacific

Friday, September 21, 2018

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OPINION: An open letter to broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan on behalf of New Zealanders who have worked, and those are who are still working, in development in Solomon Islands:

HONIARA (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Heather du Plessis-Allan’s recent comments on [Newstalk ZB] that the Pacific are leeches on New Zealand is dangerously ignorant, insulting to Pacific Islanders working hard for their countries, and undermines New Zealand itself.

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INDONESIA: Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and Papuan political prisoners


A study, conducted by Indonesia Law Reform Institute cofounder Anugrah Rizki Akbari, concludes that Indonesia has an “overcriminalisation” problem, with hundreds of harmless activities having been classified as crimes. Image: Shutterstock/Jakarta Post

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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OPINION: By Glenn Fredly
JAKARTA (Asia Pacific Report/Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch): The remarks of renowned American philosopher John Dewey, “If you want to establish some conception of a society, go find out who is in jail”, has been quoted many times to elaborate on the state of freedom in many parts of the world, including Indonesia.

Indeed, reports about people being imprisoned, tortured or executed because of their views or faith are rife in the country.

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PMC Seminar: Fiji’s General Election – the calm before the storm?


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Wed, 07/11/2018 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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ACADEMIC MEDIA ASSIGNMENT IN FIJI: Fiji is facing a General Election soon – the second post-coup election with the first in 2014 – but the date has yet to be set. Fiji-born digital media postgraduate student and journalist Sri Krishnamurthi was in Fiji to prepare a series of pre-election reports during the mid-semester break


PMC chair Camille Nakhid talks to TTT Live about 'decolonising' research


TTT's Now presenter Lisa Wickham (right) talks to PMC chair Associate Professor Camille Nakhid (left) and doctoral candidate Kara Beckford of the University of Auckland. Video: TTT

Camille Nakhid, Pacific Media Centre

15 September, 2018

An international conference in the Caribbean this week focusing on critical thinking, interrogative discourse and rigorous research has featured the Pacific Media Centre chair.

Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, of AUT's School of Social Sciences, who is also chair of the PMC advisory board, and doctoral candidate Kara Beckford (Māori-Jamaican heritage), University of Auckland, also appeared on the TTT Live (Trinidad and Tobago Television) programme Now.

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Camille Nakhid

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Associate professor in the School of Social Sciences, AUT University.

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.


PNG: Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, says Moses


"No amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people - especially after the loss of over 15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville War." Image: PNG Post-Courier

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Item: 10235

By Patrick Makis
BUKA (PNG Post-Courier/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The people of Bougainville will only accept independence from Papua New Guinea and nothing else, says concerned Bougainvillean and independence hardliner Gabriel Moses.

And no amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people – especially after the loss of more than15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville War.

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NZ: Kupu: New app translates objects into te reo Māori


Te Rina Kowhai reports for Te Karere. Video: TVNZ

Friday, September 14, 2018

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Te Rina Kowhai reports for Te Karere. Video: TVNZ

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A new app developed by Spark and Google in conjunction with the Research Team of the Te Aka Māori – English, English – Māori Dictionary in Te Ipukarea ~The National Māori Language Institute, has taken New Zealand by storm this Māori Language Week, reports AUT News.

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NZ: Whitireia scraps journalism diploma months after moving into new base


Whitireia journalism students Nico Hendricks and Nikita Rawnsley-Wratt will be some of the last to graduate from the closing course. Image: Rosa Woods/Stuff

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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By Jessica Long
WELLINGTON (Stuff/Pacific Media Watch): Students hungry to become journalists in New Zealand will no longer be able to study at Wellington's Whitireia after the polytechnic cut the course.

Nine months after Wellington's Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity opened and students moved in, the journalism programme's three tutors and students were told it would all be over by November's graduation.

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