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 and Freedom House (New York).
In 2016, TJ Aumua was selected as contributing editor. She graduated with an honours degree in Communication Studies and has been a contributor for the Pacific Media Centre and Pacific Scoop and was a summer research intern with Pacific Journalism Review.
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:
NZ: West Papua not an election issue for major political parties
AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): On the eve of New Zealand’s 2017 general election, Pacific Media Watch reports on whether West Papua features in the human rights and foreign affairs policies and stances of the country’s five major parties.
Since the late 1960s, West Papua has controversially been ruled by Indonesia following what many critics dub an ‘Act of no choice’. Accusations of human rights abuses are rife and the media are all but banned, despite an apparent lifting of restrictions by President Joko Widodo in 2015.
NZ: Pacific candidates discuss biggest election issues for Pasifika community
By Kendall Hutt
AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): Pasifika voters in South Auckland have stressed they would like to see “hand-ups, not hand-outs” following New Zealand’s 2017 general election on September 23.
At a live Q+A election panel held at the Māngere Arts Centre Community Café, homelessness and Auckland’s housing crisis were the issues front-and-centre for the audience.
WEST PAPUA: Vanuatu taking cause to UN General Assembly
By Jonas Cullwick
PORT VILA (Vanuatu Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch): Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, says although the South Pacific Leaders Forum in Samoa discussed West Papua as an agenda item, “some members thought it was a sensitive issue and didn’t want the forum to make a decision on the subject”.
However, Tabimasmas labelled the efforts of Vanuatu “developing”, as several countries in the region have recently joined Vanuatu in supporting the issue of West Papua.
Professor David Robie – Manager Pacific Media Watch project
Contributing editor PMW project (a new current postgraduate student is appointed each year)
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Last updated: 15-Jun-2017 11.23am
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