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RSF demands Australian police drop charges against French TV crew

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Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Australian authorities to drop all charges against four French TV journalists who – in what RSF called an “unacceptable attack on investigative journalism” – were
'Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Australian authorities to drop all charges against four French TV journalists who – in what RSF called an “unacceptable attack on investigative journalism” – were arrested yesterday while filming environmentalists protesting at a coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia. The four journalists, who work for the French public TV channel France 2, were held for seven hours after being arrested about 7am while filming two women protesters who had chained themselves to the rail line leading to the Abbot Point deep-water coal port in north Queensland. The journalists – reporter Hugo Clément, producer Guillaume Durand and cameramen Clément Brelet and Victor Peressentchensky – some of whom were handcuffed at the time of their arrest, were charged with “trespassing” on the rail line although, unlike the protesters themselves, they were not on the line. READ MORE: Earlier Pacific Media Watch report “The France 2 journalists were doing their job in a completely legal manner in a public space, so their arrest on this spurious charge was the kind of arbitrary procedure more typical of an authoritarian regime,” said Daniel Bastard, head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on the Queensland authorities to immediately drop these absurd charges against the four journalists. Recent repeated press freedom violations in Australia raise questions about respect for the rule of law. “If nothing changes, Australia has every chance of falling several places in RSF’s next Press Freedom Index.” Reporting ban The France 2 journalists were released on bail at around 2pm pending a hearing scheduled for September 3. The release order specifies that they are banned from being within 100m of any property owned by the Adani Group, the Indian transnational that owns the rail line and coal terminal, and within 20 km of the Adani Group’s Carmichael coal mine, 500km south of Abbot Point. “The link between our arrest and this ban is the Adani Group, which runs the mine,” Clément told RSF. “The police went straight for us this morning. They clearly didn’t want us filming the protest. And now we are banned from covering this story, which says a lot about the influence that big private-sector corporations wield.” Adani launched the Carmichael mine in 2014 with the support of the federal and Queensland governments with the aim of turning it into the world’s biggest coal mine. It would take a heavy environmental toll because it includes the construction of a channel leading to Abbot Point that would destroy part of the Great Barrier Reef. The French crew was covering the story for “Sur le Front”, a France 2 series on environmental issues. Major violations Press freedom in Australian has been badly undermined in recent years by the concentration of private media ownership in ever fewer hands, impacting pluralism. It was dealt two major blows last month in the form of federal police raids on the home of a political journalist in Canberra and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Sydney , in unrelated cases. And it was reported earlier this month that the federal police had demanded that the Australian airline Qantas surrender its records of an ABC journalist’s travel arrangements as part of its investigation into a leak. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index , two places lower than in 2018. An earlier protest at Abbot Point, Queensland, on May 1 to draw attention to the threat that the Adani Group’s coal mining project poses to the Great Barrier Reef. Image: Peter Parks/AFP/RSF'

Media Release: ASA Releases 2018 Advertising Turnover

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Source: Advertising Standards Authority The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today reported that advertising revenue across all main media was 2.633 billion dollars for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018. The 2017 total was 2.561 billion
'Source: Advertising Standards Authority The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today reported that advertising revenue across all main media was 2.633 billion dollars for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018. The 2017 total was 2.561 billion dollars. The turnover includes data from television, newspapers, interactive media, radio, magazines, outdoor, addressed mail, unaddressed mail, and cinema. The advertising industry annual turnover statistics are made available through the Advertising Standards Authority. The members of the ASA are: Association of New Zealand Advertisers, Communications Council of New Zealand, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Letterbox Media, Magazine Publishers’ Association (Inc), Newspaper Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (Inc), Cinema, Community Newspapers, New Zealand Marketing Association (Inc), New Zealand Post, Outdoor Media Association of New Zealand, Sky Network Television, Radio Broadcasters’ Association (Inc) and ThinkTV. Please note: For media comment on the data contained in the table please contact the media sectors that contributed the information. Data from previous years is available here . Further details are contained in the tables below:    MIL OSI'

This is not the time for white voices

Media E-Tangata

“Everyone has their say in a democracy.
'Steve BrauniasNot too long after the Christchurch mosque killings, I thought I had best convene, as quickly as possible, and with as much tact and respect and integrity as possible, the next Hamilton Press Club — an institution which is constantly in search of some serious purpose to justify its strange and chatty existence.I stage the Press Club’s media events three times a year on the banks of the Waikato in downtown Kirikiriroa.Local architect Brian Squair of Chow:Hill underwrites the expense, really as an act of philanthropy.He simply wants something interesting and lively held in the city that he loves.And so, I rope in a well-known speaker and arrange a guest list of 100 people, invitation only, from around Aotearoa.Media types, also politicians, entertainers, students, business leaders, and complete nobodies.Past speakers have included Jacinda Ardern, the late criminal lawyer Greg King, serious broadcaster Mihingarangi Forbes, and family entertainer Sean Plunket.After the killings, my only thought about who to ask as speaker was: Don’t ask whitey.Everyone has their say in a democracy.But mostly the people who have their say in public life in New Zealand are white, with Northern Hemisphere skin like mine and Northern Hemisphere surnames like mine, although seldom as difficult to spell.It really seemed gross at worst, dumb at best, to even think about inviting a Pākehā speaker to talk about life in New Zealand in the context of what happened in Christchurch.The mosque attacks were race killings as much as they were religious killings.Who not to ask was simple.Who to ask was even simpler.I wanted someone tangata whenua who would be intelligent, thoughtful, passionate, fluent, meaningful, not boring, and I was spoiled for choice.I thought of Tame Iti, who spoke as Massey University’s activist in residence in March.I thought of Leonie Pihama, the Waikato University academic who also recently spoke at Massey, on the subject Decolonising anti-racist interventions.I thought of Morgan Godfery, who dwelled on white supremacy in a superb piece published in Overland just after the mosque attacks.And I thought of Moana Maniapoto, and Emma Espiner, and Tamati Kruger, and I could have thought all day and come up with a ton of names.The speaker at the Hamilton Press Club on Friday May 3 will be Moana Jackson.He was a little bit reluctant and could even be described as diffident.Put it this way, it wasn’t his life’s dream.But he spoke with friends who have attended Hamilton Press Club events, and could be trusted to give him an honest appraisal of the lunch events and whether they are worthwhile forums, and they must have said okay things and out of kindness not described me as a complete jackass, because Moana eventually said, in his slow, measured way, yes.Great.I think it’s going to be a special moment for the Hamilton Press Club.It can be a bit of a rough-house affair.I’m thinking of the time guest speaker Duncan Garner directed a jibe at then-MP Brendan Horan, who simmered and seethed for a couple of minutes, then caught my eye and indicated he needed to have a word in private.We met backstage.He said: “I’m going to dunk the *** in the river.” He really was incandescent with rage and I calmed him down with the help of New Zealand Herald journalist David Fisher, but I kind of regret it.I’d have paid good money to see Horan go at it with Garner.And then there was the time historian Vincent O’Malley concluded his speech about the need to teach the New Zealand Wars in schools, and I asked audience member Don Brash for his thoughts, and his thoughts included the observation that Māori had not invented the wheel.It’s fair to describe the response to that remark as somewhat vocal.In fact, there was an uproar, and the event turned into an angry shambles.I suspect Moana will bring less heat and rather more light when he gives the speech on May 3.The only guideline or brief that I gave him was that the general subject might be race and racism in New Zealand.He might put it in the context of Christchurch, or he might not.All I know is that I’m very, very grateful to Moana for agreeing to address an audience which is certainly not exclusively but often overwhelmingly made up of whitey.Steve Braunias is the president of the Wintec Press Club.He is an award-winning journalist and columnist, currently a staff writer at the New Zealand Herald, and the author of nine books.He was born in Tauranga in June 1960 to an Austrian immigrant father and a New Zealand born mother.© E-Tangata, 2019.The post This is not the time for white voices appeared first on E-Tangata.'