Friday, May 30, 2014

1) AUDIO: Pacific media 'too cosy' with political power, says author

1) AUDIO: Pacific media 'too cosy' with political power, says author


1) AUDIO: Pacific media 'too cosy' with political power, says author

Pacific Media Centre's Dr David Robie ... critical of Australian, NZ stance on West Papua. Image: Ryan Butler/AUT
Friday, May 30, 2014
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AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch / Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The Pacific Media Centre's director, Professor David Robie, has called for more emphasis on critical development journalism in the Asia-Pacific region.
Speaking on ABC's Media Report last night, Professor Robie said there was a tendency globally - and not just in the Pacific -  for journalism to be a "bit too cosy with political power".
"Agendas are often set in the media based around press galleries and what's seen as priorities by governments, whereas critical development journalism is really a proclamation - if you like - for ordinary people getting their values and their needs investigated and getting some sort of result from policy changes," Dr Robie toldpresenter Richard Aedy.

He added it was "farcical" for journalists practising this approach to be accused of being activists as much as journalists.

Discussing the state of media freedom in the Pacific, Dr Robie said West Papua was the most neglected region in the Pacific in terms of media coverage, mainly because there was "virtually no ready access into West Papua by journalists".
To report from West Papua without being sanctioned by the Indonesian government was risky for journalists, and even more so for their contacts and sources, added the author of Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face, published last month.
Because the Australian and New Zealand governments were "far more concerned with their ongoing relationship with Indonesia and they don't want to rock the boat", relatively speaking few journalists had shown an interest in reporting on West Papua.
Challenging restrictions
The military backed government of Fiji posed a "huge problem" to the media although there were signs that some journalists were really starting to challenge many of the restrictions placed on them.
In Tonga, there had been welcome and "momentous changes", he said, adding thatTaimi 'o Tonga and Matangi Tonga magazine were doing excellent work.
But in French Polynesia, on the other hand, this month's closure of Les Nouvelles de Tahiti, a major daily that had been publishing for more than 50 years and investigating corruption, was a "big blow to journalism".
In the Phillipines, the so-called electronic martial law criminalising online libel adopted in 2012 and confirmed by the Supreme Court earlier this year as "constitutional" had unfortunately spread across the region, Dr Robie said.

The new law prescribed six-year jail terms for so called "electronic libel" instead of the six months for print media, and similar laws were being enacted in Papua New Guinea and Thailand.
These would "put a chilling factor on the media", he said.

In general, Pacific journalists needed a lot more support and training, as they were often expected to hit the newsrooms straight out of secondary schools, with just "a little bit of short course training," Dr Robie said.


Suva , 28/5 ( Jubi ) – Papuan activist Sebby Sambom is surprised to read the news that three clans — Tabuni, Jikwa and Kogoya — dominate legislative seats throughout Papua.
Some people believed that the three clans are closely connected to the Papua Independence Movement but it is not true.
Earlier, chairman of the Papua Amber, Mega Petrodaz revealed that by the results of the study after the announcement of the names of candidates at the central , provincial, regencies and city levels, discovered that the three clans dominated the legislative seats.
“Although, they come from the same clans, the people who are fighting for Papuan independence never seek wealth from Indonesian table, “ Sambom said.
“They are not Kogoya – Tabuni , Wenda and Jikwa Tabuni who are speaking about Papuan independence, but they are people who want to accumulate wealth and forage by the colonial Government of Republic of Indonesia,” he added.
Sambom said Tabunis, Kogoyas, Wendas and Jikwas  who are fighting for independence never ask the government of the Republic of Indonesia for anything. They still exist to fight for the political rights of the people of West Papua nation to achieve full independence.
Some of them are now members of the legislature and have no power to defend the rights of the Papua people , because the colonial money influence their thinking. They have become comfortable with the positions. Sambom cited as an example his friend , Yeke Melkias Gombo , who used to speak out for Papuan independence and had been sent to the Abepura prison.
His was even once forced by the police to take the paper that says Papua Merdeka and also to drink his own urine, the activist said. However, after becoming a member of the legislative period 2009-2014, he has become silent and never defended  activists and also the people who were killed by the Indonesian military.
Sambom said other members of the Legislature are likely to do the same because they are only after money, wealth and women.
“We still exist for Papuan independence and still exist. Still, it is difficult to believe them, Papuan people who are members of the legislature.”
Meanwhile, Fakhabuk , another Papuan activist told Jubi via short message.
“We, Papuans what we do is always suspected of this or that group. It makes us unable to build our country freely.” (Jubi / Mawel / Tina)

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