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8 Sep

John Pilger: The Stalinist trial of Julian Assange – press freedom in the dock

ANALYSIS: By John Pilger in London

When I first met Julian Assange more than 10 years ago, I asked him why he had started WikiLeaks. He replied: “Transparency and accountability are moral issues that must be the essence of public life and journalism.”

I had never heard a publisher or an editor invoke morality in this way. Assange believes that journalists are the agents of people, not power: that we, the people, have a right to know about the darkest secrets of those who claim to act in our name.

2 Aug

French nuclear tests: ‘I bury people nearly every day, what was our sin?’

By Matthew Scott
The day began with a video, showing a disparate collection of arresting images – the drowned Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, camera in hand and a huge smile on his face.

Mugshots of two captured French DGSE secret agents – a fake honeymooning pair jailed for manslaughter, but later spirited off to Hao atoll and freedom.

Sun-drenched tropical beaches and a ship with a gaping hull, sinking into the frigid Auckland Harbour on a winter’s night.



Webinar: The #RainbowWarrior Incident: 35 Years later

Upcoming webinar roundtable on "The #RainbowWarrior Incident: 35 Years Later" as part of the France and Beyond conference on 29 July 2020 (9am July 30 NZ time). Organised by Dr Roxanne Panchasi of Simon Fraser University. Co-sponsored by the Europe Institute, Massey University and the University of Auckland​.

Dr Roxanne Panchasi, Simon Fraser University (moderator)


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16 Oct

AUSTRALIA: AJF condemns impunity over Balibo Five murders in Timor, other killings

BRISBANE (Asia Pacific Report/Alliance for Journalists' Freedom/PacificMedia Watch): Today, October 16, marks the 45th anniversary of the Balibo Five – the five Australian-based Australian, British and New Zealand – journalists murdered in East Timor in 1975. Their case remains unsolved.

Roger East, a former ABC journalist, was later murdered when in Timor-Leste investigating the earlier killings and running a Timorese news agency.