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Asia-Pacific political media PJR book launched at AMIC 2015

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AMIC secretary-general Ramon R. Tuazon, chairman Dr Crispin C. Maslog, and PMC director Dr David Robie at the book launch in Dubai. Image: Tarleen Archuleta/AUD

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch in Dubai

A new book edition of Pacific Journalism Review featuring Asia-Pacific political journalism has been launched at AMIC 2015 along with three titles by prolific Filipino mass communication scholar Dr Crispin C. Maslog.

Editor Professor David Robie of PJR spoke at the launch of the special edition marking 20 years of publication of the regional research journal and praised the collaboration between the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Pacific Media Centre (PMC) at the Auckland University of Technology.

“Publication of this book represents a new stage in the Asia-Pacific partnership between these two centres and we hope more books of this nature will follow for the region,” he said. Read more »

Dozens arrested, tortured in Timor-Leste crackdown, says AI


Mauk Moruk and L7 escorted by the Timorese military after a hearing in Dili in March 2014. Image: António Dasiparu/Global Voices

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Dozens of people have been arbitrarily arrested and tortured or ill-treated by Timor-Leste security forces as part of security operations in the Baucau district. There are ongoing concerns for their safety, says Amnesty International.

The Timor-Leste security forces have carried out the arrests and ill-treatment in Laga and Baguia in Baucau district over the last few months.

These incidents have occurred as part of a series of joint security operations by the police and military to capture Mauk Moruk (Paulino Gama) and his followers. Read more »

Indonesia faces ‘proxy war’, Army chief tells students

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General Gatot Nurmantyo … young people also a “target” with 21 cases of university campuses being vandalised by their own students. Image: Antara

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Report – By Suherdjoko in Jakarta

Indonesia is facing a proxy war in which a third party is being used to attack Indonesia in any way, says Army chief of staff General Gatot Nurmantyo.

“A clear example of a proxy war is the seceding of East Timor [ now Timor-Leste] from Indonesia. Why were there efforts to secede East Timor from Indonesia?” he asked students at Diponegoro University in Semarang.

“It turned out that there was the Great Sunrise [oil field] in Timor Gap. A book on this issue was written by an Australian who was an adviser to [then pro-independence movement leader now Prime Minister] Xanana Gusmao.” Read more »

Timor Post – from nothing to success in 15 years

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Rosa Garcia, a senior journalist and editor of the Timor Post. Image: Wong Pei Ting

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Commentary – By Bob Howarth in Dili

Timor-Leste’s media scene has blossomed and grown successfully in 15 years.

I have watched it grow and was lucky enough to be there on February 29, 2000, when the Timor Post printed its first edition… without a printing press.

My involvement started with a phone call from the University of Queensland in Brisbane when a group of Timorese journalists were completing a course in “post-conflict” reporting run by the former Reuters newsagency chief in war-ravaged Kosovo. Read more »

Social justice issues breathe new life into magazine industry

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Big Issue vendor Stuart sells the magazine on the corner of Pitt and Bathurst Streets in Sydney’s CBD. Image: ABC

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Report – Christian Teo/Pacific Media Watch

Australia’s Big Issue and Timor-Leste’s Lafaek magazines are bucking global trends by focusing on social justice.

In a bygone era, the mention of magazines might have conjured images of ditzy cover models or shiny continental cars on impeccably trimmed lawns.

But times are changing. Even as magazines struggle to stay relevant, a new vanguard of independent publications is carving their footprint in the world. Read more »

Max Stahl tells of East Timor’s 1991 Santa Cruz massacre and the future

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Max Stahl talking about his new film, The Reconciliation, at the PJR2014 conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

British cameraman and film maker Max Stahl risked his life 23 years ago to record Indonesian troops shooting and beating to death scores of young people in the Santa Cruz cemetery in the Timor-Leste capital of Dili.

He buried the footage of the 12 November 1991 massacre in the cemetery before retrieving it later that night and smuggling it out to show the world.

It was one of the most horrifying scenes ever to be recorded on tape and ultimately led to Indonesia relinquishing control and Timor-Leste becoming independent in 2002. Read more »

Sense ‘of place’ needed for better indigenous reporting, say academics

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Conference delegates celebrate 20 years of publishing of Pacific Journalism Review at the conference last night. Image: Joseph Fernandez/PMC

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Report – By Paul Kendon and Tom Carnegie

Two Australian media academics have called for placing student journalists with community groups to “create relationships” before writing articles.

Speaking at the Pacific Journalism Review conference at AUT University yesterday, their message continued a trend of offering delegates a wide range of research topics, including place, space and culture journalism.

Other topics included an emerging Team Australia concept, West Papua journalism freedom and trauma reporting. Read more »

Journalists, film makers, academics target AUT for political media conference

Max Stahl in Dili, Timor-Leste, 2013. Photo: David Robie/PMC

Timor-Leste film maker Max Stahl talks about his groundbreaking documentaries. Photo: David Robie/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the PMC news desk

Investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will converge on AUT University later this month for a conference on political journalism.

The conference on November 27-29, hosted by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, also celebrates 20 years of publication of the research journal Pacific Journalism Review.

Ces Oreña-Drilon, an award-winning Filipino television journalist once kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf rebels, will deliver one of the keynote addresses on developments in the trial of the Maguindanao massacre in the Southern Philippines in 2009 when 32 journalists were murdered by a local warlord’s militia. Read more »

SIDS wrap in Samoa: It really is a matter of life and death

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Facing the future … the SIDS conference in Apia, Samoa, this week. Image:

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Comment – By Mata’afa Keni Lesa

The urgency with which a number of challenges the small island developing states are confronted with means only one thing. That is the third Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference, which has just ended in Samoa, cannot be treated as business as usual.

While it’s easy to get lost and become totally overwhelmed by the emotions and magnitude of the issues and the personalities who have been to Samoa to talk about them, the reality of life for small island states must never be forgotten.

It’s quite scary in fact. Our islands are slowly but surely sinking. Coastal erosion and sea level rise are becoming more menacing with each single day so that countless families have had to relocate or risk being swept out to sea. Read more »

Top Filipino TV journalist to share massacre news experience at PJR conference

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Political journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon … kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in 2008. Image: ABS-CBN

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

An award-winning news anchor from the leading television network in the Philippines is coming to New Zealand and will be a keynote speaker at the Pacific Journalism Review 20th anniversary conference in November, organisers confirmed today.

Political journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon of ABS-CBN anchors Bandila, the network’s late night news programme.

Drilon, a television journalist for nearly three decades, became the news herself in 2008, when Abu Sayyaf guerrillas kidnapped her along with two ABS-CBN cameramen in Sulu, an autonomous Muslim province on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Read more »

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