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16 April 2018

AUDIO: PMC's 95bFM radio show hits Chinese 'base' claim, justice and diabetes

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Final year USP student journalist Adi Ana Civavonovono interviews Fiji’s Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Connor in Suva. Image: Wansolwara News

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM/Pacific Media Watch): Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie blasted some of the global coverage of the alleged Chinese military base plans for Vanuatu, describing it as speculative and "scaremongering".

He praised the Vanuatu Daily Post for giving the other side of the story and media director Dan McGarry for his in-depth "baseless rumours" article published in both The Guardian Australia and the Post.

Radio 95bFM's Reuben McLaren talked to Dr Robie on the PMC's weekly Southern Cross show.

Dr Robie also talked about Nauru abolishing its Appeal Court in Australia, a huge diabetes health bill blowout in Fiji, and the "mourning" in Suva over Fiji's shock 14-0 loss to New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games sevens gold medal final.

The diabetes story was revealed by a final-year Wansolwara student journalist of the University of the South Pacific.

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David Robie

Professor, PMC Director

Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.