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David Robie, AUT


Dr David Robie is  professor of journalism and director of the Pacific Media Centre at AUT University, New Zealand. After working with Agence France-Presse news agency based in Paris, he reported the Asia-Pacific region for more than two decades, covering post-colonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and development issues. He was head of the journalism programmes at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of the South Pacific based in Fiji for a decade. Now he has established the PMC (2007) with a commitment  to boosting Māori, Pasifika, ethnic and other inclusive New Zealand media research and publication. He is also managing editor of Pacific Scoop,  founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review research journal, and convenor of the Pacific Media Watch media freedom monitoring project and collaborates closely with Reporters Sans Frontières in Paris and Freedom House in New York.  In 2005, David was awarded the PIMA Pacific Media Freedom Award. He is the author of 10 books, including Mekim Nius and the forthcoming Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Pacific Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. I

In 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and won a Dean’s Prize for Research Excellence in 2012. In 2014, David and Pacific Media Watch freedom project were jointly awarded the Critic and Conscience of Society faculty research prize.

David’s media blog Café Pacific: http://www.cafepacific.blogspot.com
David’s multimedia on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/ozpy9gv

David Robie talks media freedom on Radio Australia listen here.

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