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Struggle for editorial independence at Noumea daily as Kanaks await promised referendum

Protesters supporting editorial independence for Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes say: “Yes to information – No to propaganda!” Photo: NC Journalists Facebook FEARS last year that drove journalists working for New Caledonia’s only daily newspaper to go on strike have been borne out. At the time, journalists were worried about what would happen when Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes [...]

FCC “Newsroom Study” Goes Well Beyond Simple Incompetence

In explaining the FCC’s walk-back of its controversial Critical Information Needs study (or, “newsroom study”) the other week, the Agency noted: “By law, the FCC must report to Congress every three years on the barriers that may prevent entrepreneurs and small business from competing in the media marketplace, and pursue policies to eliminate those barriers.” [...]

Vanuatu PM’s speech spotlights Indonesian Papuan atrocities and Pacific ‘blind eye

Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil (left) with Papuan journalist Victor Mambor in Noumea. Photo: Tabloid Jubi By DAVID ROBIE SHAME on New Zealand politicians. With the courageous exception of the Green Party’s Catherine Delahunty, most of the rest offer a shameful silence over Indonesia’s human rights violations in West Papua. The Melanesian brothers and [...]

A ‘Pacific brand’ of journalism? A forthcoming media book tells how

ADVOCATES, campaigners,  journalists and researchers gathered at New Zealand’s AUT University today to honour past campaigns for the Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific Movement (NFIP) and to strategise for the future. Panel presentations ranged from the US Castle Bravo nuclear test on Bikini Atoll in 1954 – today, March 1, was the 60th anniversary – to [...]

East Timor journalists form press union as concerns mount over draft media law

Timorese journalists check out their stories in two of the daily newspapers while waiting for a media conference in Dili. Photo: David Robie By DAVID ROBIE TIMOR-LESTE Press Club has this week transformed itself into the fledgling Timor-Leste Press Union and now seeks to become affiliated to the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists. It is [...]

‘Scapegoat Season’ at USP fails to hide achievements

By DAVID ROBIE SO it’s Scapegoat Season again at the University of the South Pacific journalism programme. Barely more than a year has elapsed since the last incumbent was dumped as head. Dr Ian Weber … out the USP “revolving door”.  Photo: Jay Folio blog And now Australia-based Dr Ian Weber, a colleague of his [...]

Fighting for East Timor’s right to free expression and information for everybody, not just journalists

La’o Hamutuk … submissions for free speech and the right to information for everybody in Timor-Leste. Photo: David Robie EARLIER this month Café Pacific published two commentaries on the draconian proposed media law for Timor-Leste and why journalists are up in arms about it. They were republished on Pacific Scoop. But it isn’t only journalists [...]

Statement: FCC Response to Net Neutrality Ruling a Mixed-Bag; Could Lead to More Regulation, Not Less

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, President of MediaFreedom.org: Alexandria, VA, February 19, 2014 – Today the FCC issued new guidance as it seeks to respond to the DC Circuit’s ruling last month, which struck down core aspects of the agency’s Net Neutrality rule.  To this end, the Commission has announced that [...]

Failed FCC “Newsroom Study,” Etc., Etc., Shows Big Government Actually Despises the First Amendment

Last week’s step-back of the FCC’s Newsroom / Critical Information Needs Study (a.k.a. the Fairness Doctrine 2.0 Study) got me to thinking.  I know there are subtleties in all the citations mentioned below, but in looking at this (from my own narrow work) it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Washington really despises First Amendment [...]

Harassment of The Guardian causes UK drop in press freedom index rankings

The Guardian offices … harassed over intelligence leaks. Photo: Bethany Clarke/Greenslade Blog From the Greenslade Blog and Reporters Without Borders THE UNITED KINGDOM has slipped three places down the World Press Freedom Index rankings this year – to 33rd. According to the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its report this week, this [...]