Pacific Media Watch

3 June 2015

REGION: ‘Secret state', human rights and post-coup Fiji freedoms feature in new Pacific media book


AUCKLAND (Pacific Journalism Review/Pacific Media Watch): Pacific Journalism Review has celebrated 20 years of publishing with a new book this week on political reportage in the Asia-Pacific region, with chapters focusing on Australia’s growing “secret state”, climate change coverage, human rights in Pakistan and West Papua, and post-coup Fiji media freedoms.

Edited by David Robie, Barry King, Philip Cass and Wendy Bacon, the book also features investigative journalism with inquiries into mining in New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands, and New Zealand international reporting.

It has been published in association with the Asian Media Communication and Information Centre (AMIC) in Singapore as part of the “Asian Communication Series”.

Latest edition of PJR.It will be launched in Dubai next week at the annual AMIC conference.

The introduction has been written by AUT University’s Head of Pacific Advancement, Walter Fraser, and his office will be sending 100 copies to embassies, consulates and strategic NGOs in the region.

The book also features a research article on the contribution of the journal itself to Pacific journalism research and education over the past 20 years, by Dr Lee Duffield of Queensland University of Technology.

Founding editor Professor David Robie said: “Our first issue dealt with threats of secession from the state of Papua New Guinea by the Islands Region provinces – and censorship.

“Over the years, PJR authors and researchers have tackled the Sandline mercenary crisis and the Bougainville War in Papua New Guinea, four coups in Fiji, West Papuan repression, mining and resource extraction, environmental degradation, media history and now climate change.”

He said the journal, which celebrated its birthday at a special conference in Auckland last November, was a “critical conscience” of Asia-Pacific socio-political and development dilemmas.

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Pacific Journalism Review

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Pacific Journalism Review, published by AUT's Pacific Media Centre, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. ISSN 1023-9499