MIL OSI Analysis Reportage – Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch

Maori TV camera operator Jake Bryant (right) films the Freedom Flotilla’s musical departure from Messina port, Sicily. Image: Kiaoragaza

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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MESSINA, Sicily (Kiaoragaza/Pacific Media Watch): A New Zealand crew from Maori Television has joined Freedom Flotilla III, has set sail from the port of Messina, Italy, to take solidarity and supplies to the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.

The Maori TV pair comprises senior journalist Ruwani Perera and camera operator Jacob Bryant.

Their participation was facilitated by Kia Ora Gaza.

The Palestinians have been suffering under a feudal-type blockade imposed by the Israeli state and the Egyptian generals.

The Ship to Gaza’s former trawler Marianne of Gothenburg has sailed out onto the Ionian sea through the strait of Messina.

During the coming week the Marianne will meet up with the other boats of the Freedom Flotilla III.

Together they will try to break the illegal blockade on Gaza through a peaceful non-violent action.

The short stop in Messina was an intensive one with meetings with peace activists and a press conference at the city hall with the mayor of Messina, the corruption fighter Renato Accorinti.

Those on board the Marianne include:

Swedish journalist, author and social critic Kajsa Ekis Ekman

Swedish-Israeli composer and activist Dror Feiler

Canadian scholar and activist Robert “Bob” Lovelace, a veteran within movements in support of Indigenous peoples’ rights

Spanish Member of the European Parliament Ana Maria Miranda Paza (Bloque Nacionalista Galego)

Professor Gerd von der Lippe Norwegian sport sociologist and former athletics star.

They are accompanied by the following journalists:

Nadia Kevorkova from RT (Russian Television)

The Maori Television crew

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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.