Gallery: Global media cover historic New Caledonia independence referendum

1. SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster frames a colourful Kanak flag shot on referendum day. Image: David Robie

2. The France TV – representing six channels – outside broadcast vehicle set up at the French High Commission in Noumea. Image: David Robie/PMC

3. Premiere TV, the local offshoot of the French public broadcaster. Image: David Robie/PMC

4. Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes, the territory’s only daily newspaper. Image: David Robie/PMC

5. University of New Caledonia, referendum broadcast headquarters for the new “people’s” Caledonia TV. Image: David Robier/PMC

6. Caledonia TV presenter Elise Washeline. Image: David Robie/PMC


7. Graphics team for Caledonia TV. The referendum set screen is in the background. Image: David Robie/PMC

8. Caledonia TV reporter Duke Menango. Part of his journalism training was in New Zealand.

9. Police do an ID check for Caledonie TV’s Margot Bantegny at the High Commission. Image: David Robie/PMCMargot Bantegny

10. SBS World News reporter Stefan Armbruster sets up his camera at the Noumea Hôtel de Ville on referendum day. Image: David Robie/PMC

11. Stefan Armbruster (right) and Christophe Mallet interview the first person to vote at the Noumea Hôtel de Ville. Image: David Robie/PMC

12. SBS live cross from Noumea to Australia in the Hôtel de Ville polling station with Christophe Mallet (camera) and Stefan Armbruster. Image: David Robie/PMC

13. Stefan Armbruster and Christophe Mallet (with microphone) check their messages. Image: David Robie/PMC

14. Pro-independence Radio Djiido chief editor Romain Hmeun at the Noumea Hôtel de Ville polling centre. Image: David Robie/PMC

15. Brandy Tevero (left) and chief editor Mike Leyral of Tahiti Nui TV. Image: David Robie/PMC

16. Christophe Mallet interviews Boris Ajapuhnya for SBS French radio. Image: David Robie/PMC

17. The Kiwi contingent – PMC’s director David Robie (left) and Walter Zweifel of Radio NZ Pacific.

18. Stefan Armbruster and Christophe Mallet sitting on the steps of an outbuilding at the French High Commission editing a package for SBS TV News. Image: David Robie/PMC

19. Editing the SBS TV News package. Image: David Robie/PMC

20. FLNKS official Victor Tutugoro talks to media outside the FLNKS headquarters. Image: David Robie/PMC

21. Bag security check for journalists at the French High Commission filmed by a Tokyo TV cameraman. Image: David Robie/PMC.

22. High Commission security guard does a sound check with a RNZ Pacific microphone. Image: David Robie/PMC

23. Escorted up the “back door” driveway to the French High Commission. Gendarmes and Imagesecurity on alert in the gardens. David Robie/PMC

24. Ready to roll … recorders and live feeds about to screen the formal announcement of referendum results. Image: David Robie/PMC

25. Referendum Control Commission president Francis Lamy announcing the results. Image: David Robie/PMC

26. Francis Lamy talks to the press after the formal announcement. Image: David Robie/PMC

27. Waiting for French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe at the French High Commission. Image: David Robie/PMC

28. Still waiting … for the French PM, arriving from Vietnam for just a day. Image: David Robie/PMC

29. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe addresses New Caledonians on national TV. Image: David Robie/PMC

30. PMC’s David Robie at Tontouta airport on the way back to New Zealand. Image: David Robie/PMC

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Gallery: Pacific student journalists show their stuff on USP awards night

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk

Student journalists have celebrated the end of the academic year with their 18th annual awards at the University if the South Pacific.

They were in jovial spirits as 14 awards and cash prizes to the tune of $6000 were awarded to many of the students in a ceremony on Friday evening.

Solomon Islands students did especially well, taking away many of the prizes.

Keynote speaker was a former coordinator of the USP journalism programme, Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre.

Media Association of the Solomon Islands (MASI) president Charles Kadamana, a senior Solomon Star journalist who graduated from the USP programme last year, also spoke.

Full awards list | Professor David Robie’s speech

  • Photographers: Harry Selmen, Jovesa Naisua and David Robie

USP1: Graduating final year students and their awards with USP journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh (left) and PMC director Professor David Robie. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

ISP2: Part of the crowd at the USP journalism awards night. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP3: Invited speakers … USP journalism programme coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh (from left) with Pacific Media Centre’s professor David Robie, head of the School of Literature and Media (SLAM), and MASI president Charles Kadamana. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP4: MASI president Charles Kadamana and PMC director professor David Robie with graduating student journalists. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP5: PMC’s Dr David Robie speaking at the USP journalism awards. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP6: Keynote speaker Professor David Robie (left) presents a koha from New Zealand to USP journalism programme coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh during the awards ceremony. Image: Jovesa Naisua/Fiji Times

USP7: PMC’s Professor David Robie, Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley and USP journalism coordionator Dr Shailendra Singh at the awards. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP8: Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley presenting an award with the Storyboard in the background. Image: David Robie/PMC

USP9: PMC’s David Robie making a prsentation at the awards. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

USP10: Second year student journalists – smartest dress award? Image: David Robie/PMC

USP11: Kava not Fiji Gold. Image: David Robie/PMC

USP12: USP Journalism’s Geraldine Panapasa amd PMC’s Professor David Robie share a joke. Image: Harry Selmen/Wansolwara

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Gallery: Stimulating insights, vision for gender diversity summit

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark is the new patron for the National Council of Women and she shared her stimulating thoughts and insights at the national conference in Auckland yesterday.

In an interview format with NCW chief executive Dr Gill Greer, Clark talked about violence against women, pay equity, leadership, abortion law reform, and sustainable development aid in the Asia-Pacific region.

Clark is a former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The conference theme was He Toa Takitini – “strength in diversity”.

The Pacific Media Centre’s Del Abcede, of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), was on hand at Mount Wellington to get some pictures.

1. “All that separates whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome.” – Kate Sheppard. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

2. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark … keynote speaker in interview. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

3. Former PM Helen Clark being interviewed by National Council of Women chief executive Dr Gill Greer. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

4. He Toa Takitini …. “Strength in diversity”. The theme of this year’s NCW national conference. Image: De; Abcede/PMC

5. Scenes from the NCW national conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

6. Scenes from the NCW national conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

7. Scenes from the NCW national conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

8. Scenes from the NCW national conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

9. Scenes from the NCW national conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

10. Vira Grace Paky of UN Youth Auckland at the NCW conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

11. Pacific Media Centre and WILPF’s Del Abcede at the NCW conference.

12. Former PM Helen Clark at the NCW conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

13. Helen Clark with Ruth Coombes of WILPF at the conference. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

14. Helen Clark with the PMC’s Del Abcede at the conference.

15. A cartoon message for men – “listen!” Image: Del Abcede/PMC

16. He Toa Takitini – “Strength in diversity”. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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Gallery: Climate change, disasters spark Indonesian-NZ research publication

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

AUT Indonesia Centre director Lester Finch and Auckland Indonesia Community representative Maman Baboe spoke strongly last night in support of Indonesian and New Zealand collaborative ventures such as the “Disasters, Cyclones and Communication” edition of Pacific Journalism Review, the first such joint media publication.

The Yoyakarta-based Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) at the Universitas Gadjah Mada collaborated with Auckland University of Technology’s Pacific Media Centre to produce this joint edition, edited by Professor David Robie and five colleagues including the evening’s MC and assistant editor Khariah Rahman and associate editor Dr Philip Cass.

The project also included research papers from the University of the South Pacific.

Photographs by PJR designer Del Abcede.

1. Book launch speaker Maman Baboe and MC/assistant editor of PJR Kharaiah Rahman at the launch. Image: Del Abcede

2. Mamam Baboe speaks about the launch of the Pacific Journalism Review edition. Image: Del Abcede

3. Dr David Robie and Khairiah Rahman – David praised the efforts of his co-editors and designer Del. Image: Del Abcede

4. Khairiah Rahman with A/Professor Tony Clear. Image: Del Abcede

5. Khairiah Rahman, AUT Indonesia Centre’s Lester Finch, Maman Baboe and Paul Janman. Image: Del Abcede

6. Dr David Robie, James Nicholson and Paul Janman. Image: Del Abcede

7. AUT Indonesia Centre’s Lester Finch and Little Island Press’s Tony Murrow. Image: Del Abcede

8. LIP’s Tony Murrow, A/Professor Tony Clear, Professor David Robie and Jim Marbrook. Image: Del Abcede

9. Designer Del Abcede discusses the PJR cover image of a floating” cemetery in Semarang, Central Java, impacted on by rising sea levels. Image: David Robie

10. Annie Cass and associate editor Dr Philip Cass. Image: Del Abcede

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Gallery: Peaceful protest highlights ‘Nakba’ injustices in Palestine

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

About 50 people staged a “wall of noise” protest in Auckland’s port today in a bid to shut down the Israeli “festival of oppression” marking 70 years of illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Protesting at the Silo Park over what Palestinians regard as the Nakba – “the catastophe” – when the state of Israel was established in 1948 through “ethnic cleansing” of an estimated 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians.

The Palestinians were forced to become refugees in a Jewish-majority state in Palestine and the day – 14 May 1948 – is regarded as Israel’s independence day.

“The Nakba isn’t just a crime of the past,” said Auckland Peace Action group spokesperson Valerie Morse, one of the organisers. “The repression is ongoing.”

The Pacific Media Centre’s Rahul Bhattarai and Del Abcede were at Silo Park to capture the protest in pictures.

1. Free Palestine march in Auckland. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

2. Getting ready for the march. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

3. Women in red – Auckland Peace Action’s Valerie Morse (left) and a protester from Argentina. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

4. Pacific human rights and independent media advocate Will ‘Ilolahia and media academic David Robie. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

5. Protesting against Zionist oppression for 70 years through the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

6. Marching for Palestine. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

7. Marching for Palestine. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

8. Marching for Palestine. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

9. Protest placard against the Israeli massacres. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

10. Reaching the “safe zone” line. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

11. Protest for Palestine. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

12. Boycott Israel call as part of the international BDS movement. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

13. Zionist counter-protesters breach the “safe zone” under the oblivious eye of the police. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

14. Boycott Israel under watchful eye of the police. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

15. “No trade with Israel”. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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Fiji’s first climate change village forced to move from sea to ‘promised land’

Blessen Tom’s feature drone video of Vunidogoloa.

By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom

Vunidogoloa was the first village in Fiji to be relocated – barely three years ago – due to sea level rise.

The village was in the Cakaudrove province and had backyard views of beautiful Natewa Bay on Vanua Levu Island.

The relaxing life for these villagers was however dampened by the impact of sea level rise.

Flooding was common for the villagers and so they needed to be relocated.

Their new village is 2 kilometres inland and was renamed by the villagers as Kenani (“Promised Land”).

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The whole village of Vunidogoloa (pop. 130) moved to their new settlement in January 2014 and now have solar lighting.

We stopped by the old “ghost” village to see where the villagers once lived and also took some photos of where they are now settled.

1. Vunidogoloa’s “front door” to Natewa Bay. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

2. Vunidogoloa … now a ghost village. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

3. Vunidogoloa … an abandoned home. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

4. Vunidogoloa … overgrown. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

5. “Slow” … the “promised land” village coming up. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

6. Kenani … the new village. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

7. Kenani Village. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

8. The aid project kudos board. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

9. Hillside Kenani.

10. More Kenani houses. Image: Blessen Tom/Bearing Witness

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Gallery: Lumad campaigners appeal for NZ support to defend schools

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Headline: Gallery: Lumad campaigners appeal for NZ support to defend schools

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

New Zealand and Filipino teachers, community advocates and students this week launched an open letter appealing to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to end military abuses against indigenous Lumad people in the southern island of Mindanao.

They also called on the Manila government to scrap a terrorist listing of Lumad leaders and community activists.

The appeal was made in response to a group of Lumad advocates and teachers from the Save Our Schools (SOS) network who have been visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour.

The activists spoke at Auckland’s Peace Place in their last meeting before returning to the Philippines.

Pacific Media Centre’s Del Abcede was there to capture the event in images.

1. Fritzi Junance Magbanua …. indigenous Lumad campaigning to save their schools. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

2. Pacific Media Centre journalist Jean Bell interviews Fritzi. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

3. Te Waha Nui reporter Rahul Bhattarai interviews Lorena Sigua. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

4. Fritzi, Rahul and Lorena at Auckland’s Peace Place. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

5. Janet Roth speaking with Amie Dural of Auckland Philippine Solidarity. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

6. “Land is life” to the indigenous Lumads. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

7. “Land of promise”. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

8. Lumad activists tagged as “terrorists” by Duterte government. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

9. Mining on ancestral land in Mindanao. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

10. “Yutang Kabilin” … ancestral land. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

11. Singing an indigenous Lumad song about their struggle. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

12. Posters on the Save Lumad schools campaign. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

13. A call to stop the killings of indigenous people in the Philippines. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

14. “Don’t bomb Lumad schools” plea. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

15. A group photo of Lumad activists and supporters at Auckland’s Peace Place. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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John Minto: Barack Obama – ‘Yes, We Can’ champion of the rich

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Headline: John Minto: Barack Obama – ‘Yes, We Can’ champion of the rich

Barack Obama bailed out the banks, increased weapons production and delivered 10 times more drone strikes than his predecessor George Bush. Cartoon: Malcolm Evans/The Daily Blog

OPINION: By John Minto

Former US President Barack Obama won office decisively on the basis of a fervent campaign driven by his supporters believing he would bring real change.

Obama’s two terms did nothing of the sort.

He was elected US President in 2008, in the middle of the global financial crisis. It was a deeper capitalist crisis than most and widespread disenchantment, frustration and anger threatened to force politicians to regulate capitalism and end neoliberalism.

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The reign of the rich was under intense pressure. Billionaire wealth and power rich were endangered.

Around the globe ordinary people were demanding governments not use state funds to bailout the banks at the heart of the crisis. Anger at obscene wealth alongside poverty and growing inequality was finding public expression through the likes of the Occupy movement.

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What was to be done?

It was Barack Obama who rode to the rescue – a fresh-faced political orator talking of the imperative for change and promising a transformation in US politics.

“Yes, We Can” said Obama.

Hope and vision
Ordinary people flocked to his message of hope and a vision for a better world.

But behind it all his campaign was heavily backed by big business donations – more than even for the Republicans. Their donations were given on the basis of assurances Obama would calm things down, bail out capitalism and continue the exploitation of low and middle-income families for the benefit of the rich.

Obama bailed out the banks, increased weapons production and delivered 10 times more drone strikes than his predecessor George Bush.

I’m not a student of American political history, but I haven’t come across another US President where there has been a greater gulf between promise and delivery. Obama was a huge disappointment to ordinary people but a champion of the rich.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that his visit to New Zealand this week is in the company of the rich and the very rich. They owe him.

It’s disappointing all the same to see the childlike fawning of politicians and media representatives to this visit.

In New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s case it’s not so surprising.

“Yes we can” and “Let’s do this” have a similar ring.

John Minto is an independent Christchurch media commentator and activist.

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Gallery: Stay away from flooded areas, Samoa police warn after Cyclone Gita

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Headline: Gallery: Stay away from flooded areas, Samoa police warn after Cyclone Gita

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

Tropical Cyclone Gita might be slowing moving away from Samoa but the danger is far from over and a state of disaster has been declared.

Gita, which has been lashing both Samoa and American Samoa with torrential rain and damaging winds, was upgraded to a category two as it caused flooding, landslides and blocked roads, reports Radio NZ.

The Samoa Observer reports police have warned people to take extra care.

“We urge members of the public to remain vigilant as we are experiencing rough weather due to cyclone Gita,” a police statement said in Apia.

“We advise families to remain indoors and not drive around Apia town area or near bridges and rivers. Flooding remains effective for all areas of Samoa.

“Overflowing rivers should not be crossed and we urge drivers not to put their lives or others at risk by trying to do so.”

Pictures of Cyclone Gita are from the Samoa Metereological Division.

Cyclone Gita hits Samoa


1. Street flooding in the capital Apia..

2. Apia street flooding.

3. Man wading with jandals.

4. Flooded palms in Apia.

5. Rooftop dumped by the wind gusts.

6. Flattened World Rugby league sign.

7. Rain squall streaks.

8. Wading in downtown Apia. Apia.

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PMC journalists, academics, students and mentors celebrate 10 years

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Headline: PMC journalists, academics, students and mentors celebrate 10 years

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

Participants at the Pacific Media Centre’s 10th anniversary celebration last Thursday held a silent vigil calling for justice for the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre and in protest against the spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Calling for “Justice Now!”, “Never again to martial law” and “Stop the killings”, the participants made the emphatic statement at the end of a compelling address by Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), during the “Journalism Under Duress” seminar.

Associate Professor (Pasifika) Laumanuvao Winnie Laban of Victoria University, who launched the centre as a cabinet minister a decade ago, praised the progress, and AUT’s School of Communication Studies head Professor Berrin Yanıkkaya launched a new photojournalism book.

Images by Del Abcede and Kendall Hutt of the Pacific Media Centre

1. A silent but visual vigil for the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre and in protest against the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Image: Venus Abcede/PMC

2. Associate Professor Laumanuvao Winnie Laban – then, in 2007, and now. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

3. RNZ International’s Johnny Blades checks out the PMC exhibition. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

4. Exhibition creator Del Abcede with the photo display. Image: Venus Abcede/PMC

5. Del Abcede with her favourite disoplay photo – two young Palestinian women. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

6. The PMC photographic display. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

7. Venus Abcede with the PMC photographic display. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

8. Gloria Hooker with the Kunda Dixit photo in the display. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

9. The Pacific Forum “class” of 2011 with PMW’s Kendall Hutt. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

10. Part of the crowd at the PMC photographic display. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

11. Laumanuavao Winnie Laban at the Pacific Media Centre. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

12. Laumanuvao Winnie Laban and PMC director Professor David Robie. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

13. MC Alistar Kata (left) and Laumanuvao Winnie Laban. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

14. Annie and Dr Philip Cass and Professor Berrin Yanıkkaya speaking. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

15. Professors Berrin Yanıkkaya and David Robie launching the books. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

16. Professor Berrin Yanıkkaya (centre) with Dr Frances Nelson, Associate Dean Dr Rosser Johnson and journalism curriculum leader Louise Matthews. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

17. Lead co-editor of Conflict, Custom & Conscience Jim Marbrook speaking about the new book. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

18. Dr Rosser Johnson, A/Professor Camille Nakhid (PMC advisory board chair) and Laumanuvao Winnie Laban. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

19. Part of the crowd at the book launch. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

20. Professor Barry King with PMW’s Kendall Hutt. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

21. Fiji media personality Bharat Jamnadas. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

22. Jim Marbrook and Scott Creighton. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

23. Mata Lauano and MC Alistar Kata. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

24. Julie Marbrook and Paul Janman. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

25. Fuimaono Tuiasau, Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop and Gloria Hooker. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

26. MC Alistar Kata and Dr Frances Nelson. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

27. MC Alistar Kata and Janet Tupou. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

28. Trevor Darville and Margaret Mills. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

29. Tuwhera’s Donna Coventry Luqman and Luqman Hayes. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

30. Sasya Wreksonon introducing her video Pacific Media Centre 10 years On. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

31. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalismspeaking at the “Journalism Under Duress” seminar. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMCr I

32. RNZI’s Johnny Blades speaking at the “Journalism Under Duress” seminar. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

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