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By David Robie

The special 2000 coup print edition of Wansolwara
The special 2000 coup print edition of
June 2000. Image: Pacific Journalism Review

Hours after a mob attached Fiji Television and cut transmission for almost 48 hours, the University of the South Pacific pulled the plug on the website, fearing a similar raid on the sprawling Laucala campus.

Undaunted, the student journalists were offered an alternative site hosted by the Department of Social Communication and Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, and carried on unfazed.

  • Robie, D. (2001). Frontline reporters: A students’ internet coup: Coverage of crises 6. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 7(1), 47-56.
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David Robie
David Robie
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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