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Special Reports

20 Oct

Iran a hugely ‘friendly’ country behind the sabre-rattling

Iran attracts an onslaught of negative media in New Zealand and Western media. But is it fair or deserved? David Robie has spent several weeks travelling in the country on sabbatical and finds the media negativity far from the reality of the “most friendly” country he has ever visited in the first of a three-part series.

24 Aug

West Papua’s road to 'independence', following the Timorese lead?

The groundswell of regional support continues to grow in the Pacific - and also globally - for West Papuan self-determination, writes David Robie. The latest repression only adds to this momentum.

Indonesia’s harsh policies towards West Papua ought to be scrapped. Whatever happened to the brief window of enlightenment ushered in by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in 2015 with promises of a more “open door” policy towards foreign journalists and human rights groups?



Melanesian Media Freedom Forum 2019

The Melanesian Media Freedom Forum was developed to respond to increasing media repression in Melanesia and to future-proof press freedom, though trans-national regional co-operation and knowledge-sharing among Melanesian journalists, editors, publishers, press-freedom advocates and journalism scholars.


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Pacific Media Watch article
18 Nov

REGION: Pacific Media Watch contributing editor wins Jakarta practicum

By Sri Krishnamurthi

AUCKLAND: (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The 2019 Pacific Media Watch contributing editor has been selected for a 6-week journalism practicum in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Michael Andrew was one of two New Zealand candidates selected for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies Journalism Professional Practicum (ACICIS), which will see him living in one of Asia’s largest cities and reporting on local and regional issues.

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7 Nov

REGION: PJR acting editor doubtful Australian TV relevant to Pacific

AUCKLAND: (SBS News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Acting editor of the Pacific Media Centre's Pacific Journalism Review Dr Philip Cass has cast doubt on the success of Australia's plans to export TV shows to the Pacific.

In November last year, the Scott Morrison government announced a $17 million deal to share 1000 hours of top-rating Australian content a year with the Pacific in an effort to improve connections in the region.