REGION: Secret state, human rights and post-coup Fiji freedoms feature in new Pacific media book

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AUCKLAND (Pacific Journalism Review/Pacific Media Watch): Pacific Journalism Review has celebrated 20 years of publishing with a new book this week on political reportage in the Asia-Pacific region, with chapters focusing on Australia’s growing “secret state”, climate change coverage, human rights in Pakistan and West Papua, and post-coup Fiji media freedoms.

Edited by David Robie, Barry King, Philip Cass and Wendy Bacon, the book also features investigative journalism with inquiries in mining n New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands, and New Zealand international reporting.

It has been published in association with the Asian Media Communication and Information Centre (AMIC) in Singapore as part of the “Asian Communication Series”.

It will be launched in Dubai next week at the annual AMIC conference.

The introduction has been written by AUT University’s Head of Pacific Advancement, Walter Fraser, and his OPA will be sending 100 copies to embassies, consulates and strategic offices in the region.

The book also features a research article on the contribution of the journal itself to Pacific journalism research and education over the past 20 years by Dr Lee Duffield of Queensland University of Technology.

Founding editor Professor David Robie said: “Our first issue dealt with threats of secession from the state of Papua New Guinea by the Islands Region provinces – and censorship.

“Over the years, PJR authors and researchers have tackled the Sandline mercenary crisis and the Bougainville War in Papua New Guinea, four coups in Fiji, West Papuan repression, mining and resource extraction, environmental degradation, media history and now climate change.”

He said the journal, which celebrated its birthday at a special conference in Auckland last November, was a “critical conscience” of Asia-Pacific socio-political and development dilemmas.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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