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APMN's David Robie talks media challenges, education and decolonisation on Radio 531pi’s Pacific Mornings

PMN Pacific Mornings
A major conference on the state and future of Pacific media has been taking place in Fiji.

Dr David Robie, editor of Asia Pacific Report and deputy chair of Asia Pacific Media Network, joins Pacific Media Network's #PacificMornings in a live cross to discuss the event and reflect on his work covering Asia-Pacific current affairs and research for more than four decades.

Former Green MP and ‘conscience of the year’ Keith Locke dies, aged 80

OBITUARY:  RNZ News/Asia Pacific Report
Former Green MP Keith Locke, a passionate activist and anti-war critic once described as “conscience of the year”, has died in hospital, aged 80.

Locke was in Parliament from 1999 to 2011, and was known as a human rights and nuclear-free advocate.

His family said he had died peacefully in the early hours this morning after a long illness.

Pictured above: Former Green Party MP…

Newshub closures: creating waves of change across the Pacific

By Alana Musselle of Te Waha Nui
Cook Islands News
, the national newspaper for the Cook Islands, is one of many Pacific news media agencies expecting change in the face of New Zealand’s Newshub closure next month.

The organisation has content-sharing agreements with traditional NZ media organisations including Stuff, New Zealand Herald, RNZ and TVNZ, and is dependent on them for some news relevant to their readers.

Cook Islands News

‘I can’t just stand back’: Kanak pro-independence activist follows mother’s footsteps

By Pretoria Gordon, RNZ News journalist
Jessie Ounei is following in her mother’s footsteps as a Kanak pro-independence activist.

Last Wednesday, Ounei organised a rally outside the French Embassy in Wellington to “shed light on what is happening in New Caledonia“.

She said there was not enough information, and the information that had been reported in mainstream media was skewed.

Pictured above: Kanak activist Jessie Ounei . . . trying…

Liberation for New Caledonia’s Kanak people ‘must come’, says media educator

RNZ Pacific
A New Zealand author, journalist and media educator who has covered the Asia-Pacific region since the 1970s says liberation “must come” for Kanaky/New Caledonia.

Dr David Robie sailed on board Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior until it was bombed by French secret agents in New Zealand in July 1985 and wrote the book Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior.

He has also been arrested at gun…

NZ’s first Pinoy Green MP Francisco Hernandez talks climate policy and activism

Asia Pacific Report
Barangay New Zealand’s Rene Molina has interviewed the country’s first Filipino Green MP Francisco Hernandez who was sworn into Parliament on Friday as the party’s latest member.

This is the first interview with Hernandez who replaces former Green Party co-leader James Shaw after his retirement from politics to take up a green investment advisory role.

Hernandez talks about his earlier role as a climate change activist and his role…

TVNZ breached union pact when deciding on programme cuts, ERA rules

RNZ News/PacificMediaWatch
Television New Zealand has breached its collective agreement with the E tū union when deciding on discontinuing programmes, the Employment Relations Authority has ruled.

It was announced in March that 68 staff members who work for news programmes Midday and Tonight, consumer justice programme Fair Go, current affairs programme Sunday, and the youth programme Re: and in-house video content production were affected by redundancy.

Last month, the company confirmed…

'Quite emotional' - 1News' Barbara Dreaver receives ONZM honour

1News Reporters
Television New Zealand Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to investigative journalism and Pacific communities in a ceremony at Government House today.

She has been the Pacific Correspondent for 1News since 2002, breaking many stories uncovering social and economic issues affecting Pacific people living in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Her investigative journalism has exposed major fraud…

Pacific journalists are world’s ‘eyes and ears’ on climate crisis, says EU envoy

By Kaneta Naimatu in Suva
Journalists in the Pacific region play an important role as the “eyes and ears on the ground” when it comes to reporting the climate crisis, says the European Union’s Pacific Ambassador Barbara Plinkert.

Speaking at The University of the South Pacific (USP) on World Press Freedom Day last Friday, Plinkert said this year’s theme, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis,”

Samoa’s TV3 closes channel and goes fully online streaming

RNZ Pacific
In a first of its kind in Samoa, Apia Broadcasting channel TV3 is moving its station completely to online streaming because it can no longer afford to broadcast traditionally.

The station had its final broadcast last week on Samoa’s digital television platform.
General manager Michael Aisea said Samoa was a small market with many players.
“To run a TV station you…

Israeli ban on Al Jazeera slammed as a ‘criminal and dangerous’ decision

Asia Pacific Report
Haggai Matar, executive director of the independent +972 Magazine, has described the Tel Aviv government’s decision to shut down Al Jazeera in Israel as “an attack on free speech and freedom of the press”.

The Israeli journalist told Al Jazeera the ban on the global network was “clearly a criminal and very dangerous decision”.

He described the move as an attack on Israel itself because it denies the…

NZ slumps to 19th as RSF says press freedom threatened by global decline

Pacific Media Watch
New Zealand has slumped to an unprecedented 19th place in the annual Reporters Without Borders 2024 World Press Freedom Index survey released today on World Press Freedom Day — May 3.

This was a drop of six places from 13th last year when it slipped out of its usual place in the top 10.

However, New Zealand is still the Asia-Pacific region’s leader in a part of the world…