Tag: Pacific Media Centre

What does good journalism mean? Lisa Er talks to David Robie

Press Release – Pacific Media Centre Lisa Er INTERVIEW: AUCKLAND (Green Planet FM / Pacific Media Watch): Freedom of the press describes the right to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction.What does good journalism mean? Lisa Er talks to David Robie Thursday, November 5, 2015 Lisa Er INTERVIEW: AUCKLAND (Green Planet FM / Pacific Media Watch): Freedom of the press describes the right to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction. This right encompasses freedom from censorship, but does our media really have complete freedom in New Zealand? We need to ask this question when we see the government’s response to Nicky Hager’s investigative journalism, and Channel 7 is removed from TV in spite of having half a million viewers. A journalist was recently no longer required by the New Zealand Herald after writing an honest critique of the TPPA, and what happened to Campbell Live and why? David Robie, professor of communication studies and Pacific journalism, director of the Pacific Media Centre, journalist and author answers these questions and more. Are journalists part of a movement that merely holds up a mirror to society with all its cynicism, or are they part of a process of empowerment and action for a better world? Why are certain topics ignored? Perhaps the headings would not be sexy enough. Perhaps sport and tabloid news...

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Thousands protest in NZ against Pacific-wide free trade

Press Release – Pacific Media Centre http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/articles/pacific-scoop-thousands-protest-nz-against-pacific-wide-free-tradeThousands protest in NZ against Pacific-wide free trade http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/articles/pacific-scoop-thousands-protest-nz-against-pacific-wide-free-trade Part of the Auckland TPPA rally neat the Town Hall today. Image: David Robie/PMC Pacific Scoop 7 March, 2015 Thousands of New Zealanders turned out in protests across the country today against a Pacific-wide free trade deal claimed to be “selling out” the people’s future. Protesters took to the streets in rallies in 22 towns and cities against the unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership being pushed by Prime Minister John Key’s government against widespread opposition. More than 3000 people marched in Auckland alone with a symbolic “Trojan horse” representing the TPPA being pulled along by corporate groups and an “Uncle Sam” character representing United States interests. Many New Zealanders claim the TPPA will undermine the country’s sovereignty. “It is about old-style imperialism. An Anglo-Saxon corporate ‘Old Boys’ club’ with modern technological toys,” said one rally organiser. Groups of doctors opposed to the consequences for the New Zealand health system if the TPPA goes ahead were among those prominent in the march. Trade block The TPP aims to create a regional free trade block involving 12 Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam, The Auckland rally gathered in the central city Myers Park and then marched down Queen Street. Radio New Zealand reported that in...

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