Pacific Media Watch

6 December 2017

NZ: PMC’s 10th birthday Pacific ‘overview’ highlighted on RNZ

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Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Laumanuvao Winnie Laban of Victoria University, who opened the PMC as a cabinet minister a decade ago in 2007, and director Professor David Robie at the 10th anniversary celebration at AUT last week. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/RNZ National/Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Media Centre, well established as a champion for media freedom, celebrated its 10th anniversary last week and the milestone has been highlighted on the RNZ National Nine to Noon programme.

Media commentator Gavin Ellis complimented the centre at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) for its “comprehensive” and in-depth “overview” of the Asia-Pacific region, especially on media issues.

The PMC marked its event with a photojournalism book launching and panel featuring media freedom in the Philippines in the face of the spate of extrajudicial killings and also in West Papua.

Ellis noted the contribution by the centre’s director Professor David Robie, both in reporting and scholarship for the regon. Listen at 9min 25sec:

LISTEN: Gavin Ellis talks media on RNZ National's Nine to Noon programme

Ellis also paid tribute to journalist Yasmine Ryan who has died tragically in Turkey.

She played a prominent role in reporting the so-called Arab Spring from Tunisia in a wide-ranging international journalism career.

The latest New Zealand media ownership report, also at AUT, highlights the number of privately-owned and digital media outlets. Ellis asks could our largest newspaper groups go the same way?

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of The New Zealand Herald.

Media coverage of the PMC anniversary included:

+ PMC 10 Years On video on YouTubemade by AUT graduate Sasya Wreksono:

+ Publication of the new book Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017 and the launching of the latest Pacific Journalism Review:
  (Asia Pacific Report)
Information about the book: (PMC online)

+ RNZ Mediawatch’s interview with the keynote speaker, Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, on extrajudicial killings in her country and the challenges for journalists.
(Asia Pacific Report)

+ Spasifik Magazine’s report on the event:   (Spasifik Magazine)

+ Livestream of the second half of the PMC programme - the “Journalism under duress” panel:
   (AUT Livestream)

+  Pacific Media Centre turns 10, discusses media freedom under threat  (RNZ Pacific)

+  Media freedom riskier, traumatic under Duterte, says PCIJ director (Asia Pacific Report)

+ PMC’s 10th birthday Pacific ‘overview’ highlighted on NZ national radio  (RNZ National - Asia Pacific Report)

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