Pacific Media Watch Project

A Pacific Journalism Review cover featured on Pacific Media Watch. © Malcolm Evans
A Pacific Journalism Review cover featured on Pacific Media Watch. © Malcolm Evans

Pacific Media WatchPacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media digital repository gathered and published by staff and postgraduate students at AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre and contributing journalists. The monitoring and research project began at AUT in 2007.

Originally launched in Sydney in October 1996, Pacific Media Watch was the Pacific's first regional media website. It has links with the Journalism Programme at the University of the South Pacific, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG) and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) and collaborates with the Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières and Freedom House (New York).


Peter CronauDavid Robie

Independent and watchful, Pacific Media Watch was founded as an independent, non-profit non-government network by journalists Peter Cronau (left - then director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney) and David Robie (right - based then in Port Moresby as coordinator of Journalism Studies at the University of Papua New Guinea).

After being initially established at the ACIJ, the archive was hosted by the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) in Sydney and the original website can be visited here.

Its genesis was the jailing of two Taimi ‘o Tonga journalists, Kalafi Moala and Filokalafi ‘Akau'ola, and a ‘whistleblowing’ pro-democracy member of Parliament in Ton ga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, for alleged contempt in September 1996.

They were later freed by the Supreme Court in Tonga which ruled their imprisonment was unconstitutional. PMW played an important role in the campaign to free the three men, including organising a petition of more than 100 media signatures from the region.


Taberannang Korauaba
Late in 2007, masters student Taberannang Korauaba, of Kiribati (left), himself once a cause célèbre for media freedom organisations, joined the PMC to prepare PMW files for the new DSpace database. He is now publishing his own Auckland-based newspaper, Kiribati Independent.


Tongan journalist and AUT masters student Josephine Latu joined the PMC as contributing editor of Pacific Media Watch in August 2008 and has covered several media events and is contributing many articles.

Alex Perrottet
Former contributing editor Alex Perrottet (right) is from Australia with a long interest and experience in the Pacific. He has a law degree and is completing both a masters degree and postgraduate diploma in communication studies and journalism at AUT. He is now working on Pacific stories with Radio New Zealand International.

Daniel DragesetDuring 2013, Daniel Drageset of Norway was the contributing editor and he was awarded with the annual Dart Asia Pacific Journalism and Trauma Centre prize for his PMW reportage on torture in Fiji.
Anna Majavu
In 2014, Anna Majavu, a Zimbabwe-born journalist from South Africa with a keen interest in the Pacific, took over the role.


Alistar Kata
The contributing editor selected for 2015 was Alistar Kata, who was part of the Pacific Media Centre’s team covering the Fiji General Election in 2014 and who was awarded the Spasifik Magazine Prize and Storyboard Award for 2014.

TJ Aumua
In 2016, TJ Aumua was selected as contributing editor. She graduated with an honours degree in Communication Studies and has been a contributor for the Pacific Media Centre and Pacific Scoop and was a summer research intern with Pacific Journalism Review.

Kendall Hutt
In 2017, Kendall Hutt became contributing editor. She graduated with an honours degree in Communication Studies and was a Dart Centre Asia-Pacific journalism and trauma award winner jointly with Julie Cleaver for their Bearing Witness climate change project multimedia telling of the Fiji village of Tukuraki’s survival story.


The Pacific Media Watch project received a $15,000 grant from the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust in 2009/10 for its web-based development work. 

Southern Cross Radio programme by Pacific Media Centre


Founding Objectives

Pacific Media Watch's objectives are to:

  • Press for the urgent removal of barriers to press freedom and freedom of expression.
  • Protect and support journalists unjustly jailed, assaulted or harassed while performing their professional duty.
  • Encourage debate on media ethics, and press for improved professional standards.
  • Monitor regional media ownership and other issues affecting freedom of information.
  • Provide a digital information database.
  • Support the overwhelming desire of Pacific peoples for a free and independent media.

Quick links

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WEST PAPUA: Human rights watchdog calls for probe into ‘unclear’ killings

11-Dec-2018 10.37pm

NEW YORK (Asia Pacific Report/Human Rights Watch/Pacific Media Centre): Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group’s killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua’s densely forested Central Highlands earlier this month, Human Rights Watch said today.

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WEST PAPUA: UN official defends Papuan rights – free speech, assembly

10-Dec-2018 8.49pm

UNITED NATIONS (UN News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): West Papuan rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly have been defended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in a response to the mass arrests of Papuan protesters during flag raising ceremonies earlier this month.

“These are indigenous people at the end of the day,” says spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

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REGION: Labour rally in Jakarta, Fiji march highlight global human rights

10-Dec-2018 1.32pm

JAKARTA (CNN Indonesia/Indoleft News/ Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre): Hundreds of workers from the Confederation of United Indonesian Workers (KPBI) held a protest march at the weekend in the capital of Jakarta and Fiji’s Coalition on Human Rights staged a march today to commemorate World Human Rights Day.

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Contact

Professor David Robie – Manager Pacific Media Watch project
Contributing editor PMW project (a new current postgraduate student is appointed each year)
Pacific Media Centre
D-63 School of Communication Studies
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
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Auckland 1142
New Zealand
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Gate 4,
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Pacific Media Watch: + 64 9 921 9388
Email: pmedia@aut.ac.nz
Website: www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz
Fax: + 64 9 921 9987

Last updated: 12-Dec-2017 12.37pm

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