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Special Reports

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.



Pacific Media Centre 2020 and Beyond: Highlights and New Horizons

Join us for a roller-coaster ride with the Pacific Media Centre : Te Amokura research and publication student and staff team for an end-of-year showcase – how we faced the coronavirus challenges with some lively outputs on our environmental, human rights and social justice programme. Plus, plans for the future.

December 1, 2020, 9am-12noon, WG224A


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23 Nov

SOLOMON ISLANDS: PM defends temporary suspension of Facebook until new law in place

By Robert Iroga
HONIARA (Solomon Business Magazine/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre): Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare insists his government will push on with the temporary suspension of Facebook while lawmakers explore ways to regulate social media.

In a statement in Parliament today, a fired-up Sogavare did not hide his government’s desire to suspend Facebook.

He said since that the announcement on social media of the suspension of Facebook, users had continue to use the social media platform “irresponsibly”.

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23 Nov

WEST PAPUA: Indonesian security forces attack Papuan musician, say activists

JAYAPURA (Free West Papua Campaign/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A young West Papuan musician, Kris Douw, who has written many powerful protest songs against Indonesia’s illegal military occupation in his homeland, has been beaten up by security forces, allege activists.

Douw was atacked about 8am on by Indonesian special forces at the Kodim Complex in Nabire, Papua, according to the Free West Papua Campaign website.

He suffered injuries to the face, including several broken teeth, and his body.