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Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face

Media, Mayhem & Human Rights in the Pacific

By David Robie

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: New Zealand, 01 March 2014
Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face introduces readers to reportage of major Asia-Pacific socio-political and environmental issues over three decades by an independent journalist and media educator. It examines contemporary media concepts such as critical development journalism, conflict-sensitive journalism and deliberative journalism. And it argues for a more comprehensive, reflective and in-depth media response to the region's challenges from Tahiti Nui and Polynesian nations in the east to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and West Papua in the west. The author reported on the conflict between France and Kanak activists in New Caledonia that almost ended in civil war. He was harassed by French secret service agents and arrested at gunpoint. He was on board the original Rainbow Warrior on her last voyage that ended with the bombing by French state terrorists in 1985. He has reported on coups in Fiji and the Philippines, and was a media educator in Suva in 2000 when his students provided award-winning coverage of an attempted coup.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Trust and transparency; Part 1: Out of Africa, 2. Media, mayhem and human rights, 3. The hard way across Africa, 1974, 4. From Paris to the Pacific, 1979; Part 2: Colonial legacy conflicts, 5. Kanaky: Blood on their banner, 1984, 6. The massacre of Hienghene, 1984, 7. Rise of the Flosse dynasty in Tahiti, 1986, 8. French recipe for trouble in Kanaky, 1987, 9. Fiji: Countdown to a coup, 1987, 10. The Chinese connection in Tonga, 1991, 11. Human rights abuses in the Pacific, 1992, 12. The jailing of the 'Tongan three', 1996; Part 3: Indigenous struggles, 13. First Nation rights in Canada, 1989, 14. A cloud over Bukidnon forest, 1989, 15. Cell lines and commodities-the Hagahai 'biopiracy' affair, 1995; Part 4: Forgotten wars, elusive peace, 16. Bougainville: The valley of the Rambos, 1989, 17. Philippines: The Ramboys, 1990, 18. Forgotten victims of a silent war, 1991, 19. Timor-Leste: The horror of Santa Cruz, 1992; Part 5: Moruroa, mon amour, 20. Climate change and nuclear refugees, 1992, 21. The Rainbow Warrior: Terrorism and justice, 2007; Part 6: Media education, 22. Shooting the messenger, 2002, 23. Conflict reporting in the Pacific, 2010, 24. Changing paradigms in Pacific journalism, 2013; Epilogue; Select bibliography; Index

EAN: 9781877484254
ISBN: 1877484253
Publisher: Little Island Press
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.01 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Dr David Robie is director of the Pacific Media Centre and professor of journalism in Auckland University of Technology's School of Communication Studies. He is the author of Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior and Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics and Education. He is also founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, convenor of Pacific Media Watch and publishes the media blog Cafe Pacific.

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