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.
In 2017, Kendall Hutt became contributing editor. She graduated with an honours degree in Communication Studies and was a Dart Centre Asia-Pacific journalism and trauma award winner jointly with Julie Cleaver for their Bearing Witness climate change project multimedia telling of the Fiji village of Tukuraki’s survival story.
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:
PNG: IFJ condemns assault by officials on Post-Courier journalist
PORT MORESBY (International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Papua New Guinea Media Workers’ Association (PNGMWA) in strongly condemning the recent attack on a journalist by officers of the Governor of Morobe in Papua New Guinea.
The IFJ and PNGMWA demand an immediate investigation into the attack.
REGION: Jailed photographer Kamran Yousuf not ‘real journalist’, says India
NEW YORK (Committee to Protect Journalists/Pacific Media Watch): The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Indian authorities and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to immediately drop charges against photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and release him.
PNG: Media Council blames 'primitive thinking' for bullying of journalists
PORT MORESBY (Loop PNG/PNG Media Council/Pacific Media Watch): The Media Council of Papua New Guinea has blamed "primitive, close-minded thinking", and a general lack of understanding of the role of the media over the latest attack on the media.
The MCPNG is referring to the assault of Post-Courier’s Lae-based journalist Frankiy Kapin by officers of the Governor for Morobe.
Professor David Robie – Manager Pacific Media Watch project
Contributing editor PMW project (a new current postgraduate student is appointed each year)
Pacific Media Centre
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Pacific Media Watch: + 64 9 921 9388
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Last updated: 12-Dec-2017 12.37pm
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