Bougainville, West Papua and Pacific COVID and climate crises feature in latest PJR


Detail from Kasun Ubayasiri’s “neocolonial plate” image as part of his “Manua to Meanjin” journalism photoessay.

This latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review was originally planned as an unthemed issue with to catch up on a backlog of research articles.

However, a cluster of media papers on COVID-19, climate emergency and the ongoing human rights crisis in West Papua led to it being designated as a “Pacific Crises” edition.  It has been published today.

The edition also features:

    • a Photoessay case study “Manus to Meanjin” on Pacific refugee migration and Australian “imperialism” by Kasun Ubayasiri of Griffith University;
  • a Frontline investigation on the making of the documentary Ophir and the Bougainville “silences” by independent researchers Wendy Bacon and Nicole Gooch; and
  • “Watchdogs under Pressure”, a Special Report featuring a major study on the state of journalism in the Pacific by Shailendra Singh of the University of the South Pacific and Folker Hanusch of the University of Vienna.

Included in the unthemed section are articles on “sustaining democratic freedoms” in Australia and the Pacific, a journalists’ “toolbox” of the Digital-Global Age, mobile phones and the digital divide, urban settlement communication in Papua New Guinea, and hate speech in Indonesia.

Commentaries range from crisis communication in the Pacific to NZ aid in the region, the changing style of weather reports, and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan’s New Zealand connection.

Ten books and documentaries are featured in the reviews section.

This is the first edition to be published independently by Asia Pacific Network with Philip Cass as editor supported by David Robie, Del Abcede, Nicole Gooch, Khairiah A. Rahman, Linnéa Eltes and the editorial team.

Many articles are in the frame for our next edition with the theme "Media change, adaptation and culture" in collaboration with the Asian Congress for Media and Communication (ACMC) with the submissions deadline on January 20, 2022.