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Book Review and Interview. David Robie. 2014. Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. Auckland: Little Island Press. An Interview with Its Author

Journal Article


Abstract


  • David Robie’s latest book is incisive and autobiographical. Kalafi Moala, a

    courageous publisher and pro-democracy campaigner in his own right, attests to

    this in the book’s foreword. For many years, Moala was exiled by the kingdom

    of Tonga and was involved in the celebrated case of the ‘Tongan Three’—he

    and his colleagues are the only people to have been jailed for ‘contempt of

    Parliament’ in the Pacific.

    Informed by his articles and notes, this long-form narrative documents David

    Robie’s journalism and educational work over 40 years. The book covers his vast

    experience in journalism, education and travel. He has worked in and travelled

    through Africa, worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Paris in the 1970s,

    then in Australia and lastly, his specialty, in the Asia-Pacific region. David Robie

    is politically astute, promoting a journalism education that delivers peace and

    political independence in the Pacific region, freeing it of what he calls ‘colonial

    legacy conflicts’. His environmental concerns and his striving for truth for

    Indigenous peoples create opportunities for public debate.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Blackall, D. & Robie, D. "Book Review and Interview. David Robie. 2014. Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. Auckland: Little Island Press. An Interview with Its Author." Asia Pacific Media Educator 25 .2 (2015): 333-341. N/A

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2285

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 333

End Page


  • 341

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • India

Abstract


  • David Robie’s latest book is incisive and autobiographical. Kalafi Moala, a

    courageous publisher and pro-democracy campaigner in his own right, attests to

    this in the book’s foreword. For many years, Moala was exiled by the kingdom

    of Tonga and was involved in the celebrated case of the ‘Tongan Three’—he

    and his colleagues are the only people to have been jailed for ‘contempt of

    Parliament’ in the Pacific.

    Informed by his articles and notes, this long-form narrative documents David

    Robie’s journalism and educational work over 40 years. The book covers his vast

    experience in journalism, education and travel. He has worked in and travelled

    through Africa, worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Paris in the 1970s,

    then in Australia and lastly, his specialty, in the Asia-Pacific region. David Robie

    is politically astute, promoting a journalism education that delivers peace and

    political independence in the Pacific region, freeing it of what he calls ‘colonial

    legacy conflicts’. His environmental concerns and his striving for truth for

    Indigenous peoples create opportunities for public debate.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Blackall, D. & Robie, D. "Book Review and Interview. David Robie. 2014. Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. Auckland: Little Island Press. An Interview with Its Author." Asia Pacific Media Educator 25 .2 (2015): 333-341. N/A

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2285

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 333

End Page


  • 341

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • India