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:
VIDEO: ‘Ordinary hero’ who challenged French Polynesian ‘nuclear horror’ dies
PAPE'ETE (Asia Pacific Report/Lyon Capitale/Radio NZ International/Pacific Media Watch): Campaigner and former priest Bruno Barrillot, who devoted his life to challenging French nuclear tests in Algeria and the Pacific and who sought justice for the victims, has died. He was aged 77.
In 1984, he founded the Lyon-based Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Paix et les Conflits (CDRPC) and the non-government organisation Arms Observatory.
FIJI: ‘Nothing stopping investigative journalism,’ claims Sayed-Khaiyum
SUVA (Fiji Television/Pacific Media Watch): Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claims there is "absolutely nothing" stopping investigative journalism in Fiji, the major television network reports,
Media freedom – especially for critical and responsible reporting – has been an ongoing issue in Fiji.
In an interview with Fiji One News reporter Sofaia Koroitanoa, Sayed-Khaiyum claimed the government would “love to see more” investigative journalism.
INDONESIA: Prominent opposition journalist Ahmad Taufik dies
JAKARTA (Asia Pacific Report/The Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch): Prominent Indonesian journalist Ahmad Taufik has died after an illness in Jakarta. He was 51.
Taufik, known as an opposition journalist during President Suharto’s dictatorship, joined other journalists in founding the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) on 7 August 1994. He was appointed the first presidium chairman of the organisation.
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: 26-Aug-2016 4.15pm
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