Pacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media digital repository gathered and published by staff and postgraduate students at AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre and contributing journalists. The monitoring and research project began at AUT in 2007.
Originally launched in Sydney in October 1996, Pacific Media Watch was the Pacific's first regional media website. It has links with the Journalism Programme at the University of the South Pacific, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG) and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) and collaborates with the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières.
Independent and watchful, Pacific Media Watch was founded as an independent, non-profit non-government network by journalists Peter Cronau (left - then director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney) and David Robie (right - based then in Port Moresby as coordinator of Journalism Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea).
After being initially established at the ACIJ, the archive was hosted by the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) in Sydney and the original website can be visited here.
Its genesis was the jailing of two Taimi ‘o Tonga journalists, Kalafi Moala and Filokalafi ‘Akau'ola, and a ‘whistleblowing’ pro-democracy member of Parliament in Ton ga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, for alleged contempt in September 1996.
They were later freed by the Supreme Court in Tonga which ruled their imprisonment was unconstitutional. PMW played an important role in the campaign to free the three men, including organising a petition of more than 100 media signatures from the region.
Late in 2007, masters student Taberannang Korauaba, of Kiribati (left), himself once a cause célèbre for media freedom organisations, joined the PMC to prepare PMW files for the new DSpace database. He is now publishing his own Auckland-based newspaper, Kiribati Independent.
Tongan journalist and AUT masters student Josephine Latu joined the PMC as contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch in August 2008 and has covered several media events and is contributing many articles.
Former contributing editor Alex Perrottet (right) is from Australia with a long interest and experience in the Pacific. He has a law degree and is completing both a masters degree and postgraduate diploma in communication studies and journalism at AUT. He is now working on Pacific stories with Radio New Zealand International.
During 2013, Daniel Drageset of Norway was the contributing editor and he was awarded with the annual Dart Asia Pacific Journalism and Trauma Centre prize for his PMW reportage on torture in Fiji.
In 2014, Anna Majavu, a Zimbabwe-born journalist from South Africa with a keen interest in the Pacific, took over the role and has been editor since.
The Pacific Media Watch project received a $15,000 grant from the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust in 2009/10 for its web-based development work.
Pacific Media Watch's objectives are to:
GLOBAL: IFJ-UNESCO develops university media safety training
BRUSSELS (International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and UNESCO–Beirut Office has launched a workshop to develop a safety curriculum for universities in the Arab World and Middle East in cooperation with the Jordanian Media Institute (JMI) and the Jordanian Press Association.
The three-day workshop will discuss a draft safety curriculum with 10 media school lecturers from the region.
NZ: Race relations advocate says country is at 'diversity crossroads'
AUCKLAND (Al Jazeera English/Pacific Media Watch): INTERVIEW: New Zealand's four-time women's squash world champion Dame Susan Devoy was appointed as her country's Race Relations Commissioner in 2013.
She is in office at a time of rising tensions among New Zealand's diverse communities.
FIJI: NFP plans petition to review post-coup media decree
SUVA (The Fiji Times/Pacific Media Watch): A petition campaign to review the 2010 Fiji Media Industry Development Decree, introduced four years after a military coup, will be sent around the country.
National Federation Party president Tupou Draunidalo said the petition was a way forward towards allowing a review of the Media Decree.
Labasa businessman and NFP vice-president Parmod Chand said the country needed a free media which was empowered to report anything for the sake of transparency and accountability.
Professor David Robie – Manager Pacific Media Watch project
Anna Majavu – Contributing editor PMW project
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