Pacific Media Centre

Special Reports

8 Sep

John Pilger: The Stalinist trial of Julian Assange – press freedom in the dock

ANALYSIS: By John Pilger in London

When I first met Julian Assange more than 10 years ago, I asked him why he had started WikiLeaks. He replied: “Transparency and accountability are moral issues that must be the essence of public life and journalism.”

I had never heard a publisher or an editor invoke morality in this way. Assange believes that journalists are the agents of people, not power: that we, the people, have a right to know about the darkest secrets of those who claim to act in our name.

2 Aug

French nuclear tests: ‘I bury people nearly every day, what was our sin?’

By Matthew Scott
The day began with a video, showing a disparate collection of arresting images – the drowned Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, camera in hand and a huge smile on his face.

Mugshots of two captured French DGSE secret agents – a fake honeymooning pair jailed for manslaughter, but later spirited off to Hao atoll and freedom.

Sun-drenched tropical beaches and a ship with a gaping hull, sinking into the frigid Auckland Harbour on a winter’s night.



Pacific Media Centre 2020 and Beyond: Highlights and New Horizons

Join us for a roller-coaster ride with the Pacific Media Centre : Te Amokura research and publication student and staff team for an end-of-year showcase – how we faced the coronavirus challenges with some lively outputs on our environmental, human rights and social justice programme. Plus, plans for the future.

December 1, 2020, 9am-12noon, WG224A


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1 Dec

NZ: Academics, journalists, students raise West Papuan flag in NZ ‘solidarity’ gesture

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Academics, journalists and students today raised the West Papuan flag – an act banned in Indonesia and punishable by up to 15 years in jail – at a Pacific Media Centre-hosted symposium in Auckland today.

The protest marked the 59th anniversary of the day West Papuans first raised their flag of independence, known as the Morning Star, on 1 December 1961.