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Journalism under duress in Asia-Pacific: A decade of resistance

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Volume 24, Issue 2

November, 2018

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Robie, D. (2018). Journalism under duress in Asia-Pacific: A decade of resistance. Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa. 24(2), 12-32.
The Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, impunity and human rights
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
November, 2018

Auckland University of Technology’s Pacific Media Centre marked its tenth anniversary with a wide-ranging public seminar discussing two of the region’s most critical media freedom crises. The ‘Journalism Under Duress in Asia-Pacific’ seminar in November 2017 examined media freedom and human rights in the Philippines and in Indonesia’s Papua region, generally known as West Papua. The introduction to the PMC seminar, later presented at a Reporters Without Borders summit for Asia-Pacific freedom advocates and activist journalists in Paris in July 2018 examined the culture of impunity over crimes against journalists and journalism safety as a major factor undermining media freedom in the region.

Figure 4: Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts waves to colleagues and supporters after being acquitted in the Nai Lalakai sedition trial on 22 May 2018.