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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

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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.

Dr Robie, now professor of journalism and director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology, wrote the 1986 book Eyes Of Fire: Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior that has been published in four countries and five editions.

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The 2015 edition of Eyes of Fire with the Rongelap evacuation on the cover. Image: LI

He spoke of the humanitarian voyage of the Rainbow Warrior to Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands to fetch the islanders to safety in a four-voyage relocation mission.

The Rongelap community had been ravaged by the fallout and the long-term health impact of US nuclear testing.

Dr Robie was awarded the 1985 Media Peace Prize by the NZ Peace Foundation for his coverage.

His reflections were broadcast in a 23-minute programme broadcast at the weekend marking the bombing by French secret agents on 10 July 1985.

David Robie’s cover story for the Fiji-based Islands Business on the Rainbow Warrior bombing in August 1985. Image: PMC

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

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