Pacific Media Watch

9 November 2018

NEW CALEDONIA: Kanaky self-determination and decolonisation - Asia Pacific Report coverage

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Pacific Media Centre director David Robie and Margot Bantegny check out the referendum set for Caledonia TV at the University of New Caledonia. Image: Caledonia TV

NOUMEA (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): About 100 journalists covered the historic New Caledonian independence referendum last weekend, with media from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as France and Tahiti, sending crews.

A spokesperson for the French High Commission said 100 journalists had been accredited for the referendum – 40 of them foreign journalists.

Local journalists also filed reports for Radio Canada and RTBF (Belgium).

David Robie, who reported from New Caledonia during the 1980s for Islands Business magazine, The Australian, New Zealand Times, NZ Listener and other media, returned to the French Pacific possession to observe the referendum.

He was also on board the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace environmental ship that was bombed by French secret agents in 1985 during the height of “les évènements”.

Dr Robie reflects in these articles:

PART 1: New Caledonia vote stirs painful memories – and a hopeful future

PART 2: Kanaky independence campaign rolls on … encouraged by ballot result

Gallery: Images of the media at work in New Caledonia


Asia Pacific Report coverage of the lead-up to the election and the aftermath is here:

Flashback to the 1980s

Walter Zweifel of RNZ Pacific reports:
The New Caledonia file
In French on La Premiere TV's Journal Nouvelle Caledonie
What next for New Caledonia?


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David Robie

Professor, PMC Director

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