Pacific Scoop

Archive for November, 2014

Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December

Press Release – Peace Movement Aotearoa

Below are the details of the solidarity events in Aotearoa New Zealand to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December – there are four events this year: one in Christchurch, one in Wellington and two in Auckland. If you are not able to get to one of the solidarity … Read more »

Chinese and Indian leaders hold competing visits to Fiji

Article – Tom Peters

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first official visit to the Pacific island nation of Fiji last weekend, arriving just two days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first trip by an Indian leader since 1981. Read more »

High Commissioner to Fiji reinstated

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced the reinstatement of New Zealands High Commissioner to Fiji. New Zealand has had an acting High Commissioner since 2007, and this announcement is an important step in re-building our relationship … Read more »

PMC, RSF call for action over Ampatuan trial in ‘struggle against impunity’

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Protesters over the culture of impunity in the Philippines hold a candlelight vigil for the 2009 Ampatuan massacre victims in Auckland last night. Image: John Miller/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PMC news desk

The Pacific Media Centre and Reporters Without Borders have called for justice over the controversial Ampatuan massacre trial that has failed to imprison any alleged perpetrators five years after the mass killings of media people.

PMC director Professor David Robie said at a candlelight vigil for the victims and the families in Auckland last night the trial embodied the struggle against impunity of crimes against media.

He read out a joint statement with the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and other human rights groups and Filipino organisations also spoke out at the vigil, coinciding with a three-day Pacific Journalism Review conference at AUT University. Read more »

Media conference remembers Ampatuan massacre victims five years on

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Ava Danlog of Auckland Philippine Solidarity at the vigil for Ampatuan massacre victims in Auckland tonight. Image: Tom Carnegie/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Tom Carnegie

Media educators, delegates and human rights advocates at the Pacific Journalism Review conference tonight remembered the 32 dead media people and other victims of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in a candlelight vigil.

The massacre, which is named after the Philippines town where it took place on 23 November 2014, saw 58 people gunned down by political militia in an ambushed convoy on the way to register an electoral candidate.

Thirty-two were media workers were travelling with the political convoy in a build-up to elections. Read more »

Australian academics condemn lack of scrutiny over ‘security laws’

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Associate Professor Joseph Fernandez … challenging research findings over journalists’ expectations about protecting sources. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Robert Steven

Access to information by press and source protection were key themes discussed by guest academics from Australia at the Pacific Journalism Review conference today.

The conference, celebrating PJR’s 20th anniversary, runs until Saturday at AUT University in Auckland and is hosted by the Pacific Media Centre.

Professor Wendy Bacon from the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) spoke on how the Australian media, facing decreasing budgets, was doing little to investigate new “security laws” being passed by the government. Read more »

Media consider digital censorship, beating censors with ‘fairy tales’, Fiji elections

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Strong protests greeted the Cybercrime Prevention Act which was upheld as constitutional in the Philippines in February this year. Image: File

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Paul Kendon and Tom Carnegie

Afternoon seminars and presentations at the Pacific Journalism Review conference offered a banquet of research topics, including the Fiji elections and press freedom, digital censorship in the Asia-Pacific with, cultural contexts and politics around communicating climate change, disaster and crisis in the Pacific.

Dr Amy Forbes, senior lecturer in journalism and communication at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, presented an at times graphic depiction of the lack of press freedom in the Philippines and during the Marcos martial law era with some creative methods used to circumnavigate editorial control and censorship.

Of note was the use of fables and fairy tales by veteran reporter Ninez Cacho Olivares. Read more »

Samoa mo Samoa: Black Saturday 1929

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books

Announcing the release of this new BWB Text by Michael Field, available as an e-book from the BWB website and global e-bookstores. Read more »

Grim reminders of price paid by journalists at Asia-Pacific media conference

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Television NZ’s Barbara Dreaver speaking at the Pacific Journalism Review 2014 conference in Auckland today. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Paul Kendon

Grim reminders of the price many journalists pay for reporting events in countries such as the Philippines, Fiji and Tonga and the consequences of performing a Fourth Estate role in and around the Pacific Region were a feature of the Pacific Journalism Review 20th anniversary conference opening today.

After a traditional mihi whakatau and introductions by Professor David Robie, Pacific Media Centre director, PJR editor and conference convener; and Walter Fraser, AUT University’s Head of Pacific Advancement; a short documentary by Bachelor of Communications graduate Sasya Wreksono was shown.

The film documents the history of the PJR from humble beginnings at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994 to its current incarnation as a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, published by AUT since 2007. Read more »

Play It Strange album – some of NZ’s best young songwriters

Press Release – Play It Strange Trust

Play It Strange are delighted to announce the release of the 2014 Play It Strange Lion Foundation CD, Vol 11. Over the past year, secondary school students from 13 to 18 years of age from New Zealand and Samoa have written 44 songs to make up this … Read more »

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