David Robie

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David Robie

David Robie (born 1945) is a New Zealand author, journalist and media educator who has covered the Asia-Pacific region for international media for more than two decades.[1] He became an associate professor in Auckland University of Technology School of Communication Studies in 2005 and a professor in 2011.[2][3] In 1985, Dr Robie sailed on board the Greenpeace eco-navy flagship Rainbow Warrior for 10 weeks until it was bombed by French secret agents in New Zealand’s Auckland harbour.[4] He is the author of a book about the ill-fated voyage, Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior (Lindon Books, 1986).[5] An updated memorial edition of Eyes of Fire was published in July 2005.[6]

In 1993-1997, Robie headed the University of Papua New Guinea journalism programme and in 1998-2002 became coordinator of the University of the South Pacific journalism school [1] where his students covered the 2000 George Speight coup d'état in Fiji.[7] According to the NZ Listener, an assistant minister in Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka's government in 1998 threatened to close Robie's media and politics website - Café Pacific [2] - and revoke his work permit as a media educator in "what was seen as the first test of the 1997 Constitution's freedom of expression clause".[8] In 1999, Robie became the annual Australian Press Council Fellow[9] and is an advocate of Pacific media freedom.[10] He is founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review. [3], which was launched at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994. In 2005, he won the PIMA Pacific Media Freedom Award,[11] specialises in Asa-Pacific issues[12] and is now director of the Pacific Media Centre [4]. Dr Robie is author of several books on South Pacific media and politics,[13] including Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education.[14][15]

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