“Independent” New Zealand journalist Julie Webb-Pullman has been a consistent defender of and “apologista” for the “Urewera 17“
Webb-Pullman defending her comrades, anarchist leader Sam Buchanan chatting to Green party MP Keith Locke and cries of Zapata at the end
Who is Julie Webb-Pullman? Why is she such a passionate defender of the “Urewera17“?
Far from being the independent journalist she likes to portray herself as, Webb-Pullman is a creature of the far left.
She is a fawning admirer of Castro’s Cuba and a great friend of Mexico’s Zapatista rebels.
In 1981 Webb-Pullman was involved with anti Springbok Tour protests in Wellington and was close to the Workers Communist League controlled C.O.S.T
In 19 she was a researcher for a film on the Maoist/Anarchist leaning Progressive Youth Movement-“Rebels in Retrospect.“
Later Webb-Pullman worked for UNICEF in Fiji.
By the early ’00s Webb-Pullman was involved in Latin American solidarity work in Brisbane. She worked with the Committee in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean-a front for Australia’s largest Marxist_Leninist organisation, the .
By 2004 Webb-Pullman was back in New Zealand using Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade money to send New Zealand films to Cuba.
February 2004, the Latin America Strategy Fund provided financial support for a New Zealand film festival in Havana as part of Si! Cubanz Filmz, a film festival exchange project organised by New Zealander Julie Webb-Pullman in conjunction with ICAIC (the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos – the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry).
The New Zealand films screened (subtitled in Spanish) were The Price of Milk, Don’t Let it Get You, Sleeping Dogs, Utu, Ngati and Once were Warriors.
Webb-Pullman defended her beloved cuba against capitalist slanders and lies;
Julie Webb-Pullman of Wellington has raised a series of complaints to the Press Council arising from two articles published in the Lifestyle and Leisure section of The New Zealand Herald on 29 September and 30 November 2004 and a film review published on 18 December. All were by Peter Calder and touched on aspects of life in Cuba.
Ms Webb-Pullman’s extended complaints centre on questions of accuracy, fairness and balance and confusion of facts and opinion. She contends that Mr Calder’s negative comments about Cuba, the everyday life of the people and the record of the regime, in the 30 November article, were factually incorrect…
Ms Webb-Pullman has taken the trouble to mount a vigorous and voluminous defence of her strongly-held points of view. She has had experience of living in Cuba – for about twelve months over a period of four years. She has studied Cuban politics and the political theories espoused by leading figures in the Cuban revolution…
The Press Council did not uphold the complaints.
Webb-Pullman was not so negative in November 2007 in this piece welcoming the new Cuban ambassador to New Zealand.
All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but there is no danger of a dull José – it is not just our voracious appetite for Cuban salsa and music that has him opening the first Cuban Embassy in our country – he also intends to share Cuban art with us, in addition to some 40 subtitled films he brought with him!
Once this show gets on the road Cuba may lose a few tourists – why leave town when you can see his country right here – especially when, as he appreciatively pointed out, we already live in one of most beautiful cities in the world!! Salud, Senor Robaina Garcia – y Bienvenidos!
Webb-Pullman has close ties to Senor Robaina Garcia.
In 2006 Webb-Pullman spent most of her time flitting between Cuba and Mexico.
Much of her time was spent in the southern state of Oaxa covering the anarchist inspired rioting that resulted in several deaths.
Webb-Pullman filed a photo-essay for the Australian Democratic Socialist Party’s Green Left Weekly on the troubles.
Mainly however Webb-Pullman was interested in the Zapatista rebels of Chiapas state.
At the beginning of January 2007 Webb-Pullman attended a several thousand strong Zapatista gathering or “encuentro” in Oventik, Chiapas.
In August 2007 she covered the Second Zapatista Intergalactica-a huge international gathering of anarchists and indigenous revolutionaries.
Webb-Pullman returned to New Zealand just in time for the October 15th 2007 anti terror raids.
As the news of the 17 arrests broke, Webb-Pullman began churning out articles in defence of her arrested comrades.
And comrades they were.
Several of those jailed were active in the Wellington Zapatista Support Group-an organisation Webb-Pullman is herself heavily involved in.
Webb-Pullman used her Cuban honed propaganda skills to defend her comrades against the oppressive New Zealand state.
After all they were the closest thing New Zealand has to a real Zapatista army.