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Looking around a lecture theatre of students majoring in journalism in an Australian university, it may seem fair enough to ask how important it is to teach them about war reporting. How many of these music, fashion and sport-inspired kids are going...
''I just can't understand the Americans,’ an Afghan mullah tells British writer James Fergusson. ‘What they are doing makes no sense—and if they go on as they are, the whole country will rise against them.’ The mullah—an educated, apolitical man,...
Commentary: Publicly funded, Radio New Zealand International has a broadcasting role that is not ratings-driven; it has no circulation figures or advertising revenue to worry about. The broadcaster’s work is simply to produce the first draft of...
On 22 May 2009, Massey University’s Wellington campus hosted many speakers addressing the conference on war reporting jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Media speakers included Television New Zealand’s Sunday...
Commentary: On 18 May 2009, the ABC’s Ultimo Centre in Sydney, Australia, and on May 22, Massey University’s Wellington campus in New Zealand were host to twin conferences on war reporting.  Jointly organised by the global aid organisation...
"'Jesus!' exclaimed Peter Arnett as the dull whoomp of an explosion sounded. Then, whoomp, again. Arnett was in the media centre at Palestine Hotel in central Baghdad, waiting to deliver a report by satelllite to someone called Eric. I know, because...
'It is the way the Pacific's ancient régimes hold onto power. All journalists are under siege. In Fiji, it is an extraordinary assault, coloured by racism, that is tearing apart the media and political system.'
Essentially, the Australian media is only interested in covering the Pacific if it involves a coup, a conflict or a natural disaster. The only positive stories are primarily related to tourism. Part of this media attitude towards the Pacific stems...
Poolside rumours at the Centra and the media peddling of them had much to answer for in foreign coverage of the Fiji coup. One reporter was an extreme example of the Stockholm Syndrome but others who remained in Parliament day after day also quickly...
World coverage on the Sandline affair was in contrast to that of the long-running civil war on Bougainville. Foreign journalists have been kept out and perhaps it is just a coincidence that its horrors have never been live on CNN but now peace is...

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