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NZ: Online hate speech ‘gives green light’ to religion, race attacks


Hate speech ... “The problem of socially-conditioned hatred is so much larger and more intricate than the capacity of any sort of censorship to control it.” Image: David Robie/PMC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Item: 10311

By Michael Andrew
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Religion and race-based attacks will continue as a result of the rise of online hate speech, says a leading New Zealand academic.

Professor Paul Spoonley, pro vice-chancellor of Massey University, told Asia Pacific Report that online hate speech “provides an enabling environment which green lights racial and religious vilification”.

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REGION: Pacific Media Watch student editor takes up key news role


PMW contributing editor Michael Andrew ... seeking more in-depth coverage of the region in mainstream media. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Item: 10310

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): An Auckland freelance journalist, Michael Andrew, who is completing his postgraduate journalism diploma at Auckland University of Technology, has been appointed Pacific Media Watch contributing editor for the year.

Andrew, 30, is studying journalism through AUT’s Postgraduate Diploma in Communications and was among the top students on last year’s Asia Pacific Journalism Studies paper.

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NZ: Citizens have no good use for machine guns - NZ Herald editorial


Rod Emmerson's cartoon on gun controls in the New Zealand Herald today in the wake of Friday's Christchurch mosque shooting tragedy, leaving 50 worshippers dead. Image: PMW screenshot

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Item: 10309

AUCKLAND (New Zealand Herald/Pacific Media Watch): Of all the issues the nation needs to address in the aftermath of the atrocity on Friday, the prohibition of military-style guns in civilian ownership is surely the low-hanging fruit.

Rapid-fire weapons such as the one that slaughtered worshippers in Christchurch mosques should not be in the hands of any private citizen.

After what has happened, it will be surprising if gun enthusiasts offer any argument. If only we had heeded warnings so often issued over the years.

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NZ: Christchurch terror attacks - advertisers to pull social media ads


"Massacre shame of Facebook" banner headline in the London Daily Mail at the weekend. Image: PMC screenshot

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Item: 10308

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/RNZ News/Pacific Media Watch): More than 50 New Zealand companies are considering pulling ads from Facebook because it allowed a livestream of the Christchurch massacre last Friday.

Some firms have already stopped advertising and the Association of New Zealand Advertisers predicts dozens of others are likely to follow suit.

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NZ: ‘Blood everywhere’ - 50 deaths in massacre at mosques, reports RNZ


Armed police in action during the Christchurch lockdown after the attack on two mosques today. Image: RNZ

Friday, March 15, 2019

Item: 10307

CHRISTCHURCH (Radio NZ/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Armed police have been deployed after shots were fired at two mosques where hundreds of people were praying near Hagley Park in Christchurch today.

Radio NZ reports 50 people killed with a further 50 wounded.

Fuller reports on Asia Pacific Report.

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REGION: Journalism education at USP – a 30-year struggle for free press


Wansolwara newspaper student journalists on distribution day at the University of the South Pacific. Image: Wansolwara/USP

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Item: 10306

By Shailendra Singh
SUVA (Pacific Media Centre/University of the South Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): The University of the South Pacific’s recent 50th anniversary marked 30 years of existence for its regional journalism programme. In an eventful journey, the programme weathered military coups, overcame financial hardships and shrugged off academic snobbery to get this far.

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INDONESIA: Activist’s arrest shows Widodo ‘no different’ from Suharto, says AJI


AJI chairperson Abdul Manan speaking at a Jakarta rally ... "freedom of expression ... is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Image: Sakina Rakhma/Kompas

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Item: 10304

By Fitria Chusna Farisa
JAKARTA (Kompas/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has called on the Indonesian police to release Jakarta State University lecturer Robertus Robet who has been indicted on charges of insulting the authorities or a public agency.

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Media companies on notice over traumatised journalists after landmark Age court decision


The journalist in the XY case covered traumatic cases such as that of Arthur Freeman, who threw his daughter Darcey off West Gate Bridge. Joe Castro/The Conversation/AAP

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Bearing Witness 2017: Year 2 of a Pacific climate change storytelling project


David Robie, Pacific Media Centre

Monday, February 25, 2019

Robie, D. (2018). Bearing Witness 2017: Year 2 of a Pacific climate change storytelling project. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 24(1), 155-177. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v24i1.415

Abstract

In 2016, the Pacific Media Centre responded to the devastation and tragedy wrought in Fiji by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston by initiating the Bearing Witness journalism project and dispatching two postgraduate students to Viti Levu to document and report on the impact of climate change (Robie & Chand, 2017). This was followed up in 2017 in a second phase of what was hoped would become a five-year mission and expanded in future years to include other parts of the Asia-Pacific region.

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


WEST PAPUA: ‘Not a big deal’ claim police, reject UN call for snake probe


The python used to interrogate a Papuan suspect "was a pet snake that was not poisonous and tame", claim Indonesian police. Image: CNN Indonesia

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Item: 10303

JAYAPURA (Asia Pacific Report/CNN Indonesia/Pacific Media Watch): Papua Regional Police public information head Assistant Superintendent Suryadi Diaz is asking all parties not to dramatise or make a big issue out of the use of a snake during an interrogation by police.

The statement was made in response to calls by United Nations human rights experts for an investigation into the use of the snake.

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