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Vanuatu Daily Post: A call to action for endangered Pacific media freedom

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Dan McGarry, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Justice, Marc Neil-Jones, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Truth, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu Daily Post: A call to action for endangered Pacific media freedom

EDITORIAL OPINION: Dan McGarry and Marc Neil-Jones of the Vanuatu Daily Post call for media associations and professionals throughout the Pacific to act to protect their freedom. It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery […]

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PNG Mine Watch: Bougainville’s new ‘infamous’ Filipino mining company

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville mining, copper mining, Eric Gutierrez, Evening Report, John Momis, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, PNG Post-Courier, Reports  /  Comments Off on PNG Mine Watch: Bougainville’s new ‘infamous’ Filipino mining company

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte exposes “illegal favours” to mining tycoon Eric Gutierrez, whose company SR Metals Inc has now won an exploration contract on Bougainville. Archlight Productions video shot during 2016 presidential election campaign. BACKGROUNDER: PNG Mine Watch Mine Watch recently predicted that Bougainville President John Momis’ appetite for crooked foreign miners was very much […]

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Mata’afa Keni Lesa: Cyclone Gita’s over but remember Ofa’s vengeance

By   /  February 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Evan, Cyclone Gita, Cyclone Ofa, Cyclones, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Samoa, Samoa Observer, Weather  /  Comments Off on Mata’afa Keni Lesa: Cyclone Gita’s over but remember Ofa’s vengeance

OPINION: By Mata’afa Keni Lesa, editor of the Samoa Observer Tropical Cyclone Gita has left just as quickly as it arrived on Friday night and yesterday morning. Within six hours, it left hundreds of people devastated as a result of strong winds and flooding. Folks, it sends shivers down the spine to think what more […]

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Crown breached Crimes Act over ‘depoliticising’ Treaty of Waitangi

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Language, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Sovereignty, The Daily Blog, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day  /  Comments Off on Crown breached Crimes Act over ‘depoliticising’ Treaty of Waitangi

Tiriti o Waitangi of 1840 … a “historical deception” that the British Crown gained sovereignty over New Zealand. Image: Steve Edwards OPINION: By Steve Edwards The New Zealand government’s ongoing failure to acknowledge that the British Crown did not gain sovereignty over New Zealand in 1840 is a breach of the Crimes Act. In October […]

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The Daily Blog: Jacinda’s Waitangi Day 2018 aroha creating a Māori legacy relationship

By   /  February 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Indigenous, Labour Party, Maori, Maori culture, Maori Party, Maori politics, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Treaty, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day  /  Comments Off on The Daily Blog: Jacinda’s Waitangi Day 2018 aroha creating a Māori legacy relationship

Cartoon: © Malcolm Evans/The Daily Blog OPINION: By Martyn Bradbury, editor of The Daily Blog Waitangi Day 2018 smells different doesn’t it? It tastes different too. No bitter “Māori privilege” nonsense from Don Brash and his shallow racism. No spiteful “Let’s have a NZ day so we don’t have to feel guilty about the Treaty” […]

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New bill would make Australia worst in free world for criminalising journalism

By   /  February 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-terror laws, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Cabinet papers, Criminalisation, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Human Rights, Journalism is not a crime, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, national security, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Research, Security, Watchdogs  /  Comments Off on New bill would make Australia worst in free world for criminalising journalism

Would the ABC’s publication of confidential cabinet documents be in breach of a proposed government bill? Image: Joel Carrett/The Conversation By Dr Johan Lidberg in Melbourne Australia is a world leader in passing the most amendments to existing and new anti-terror and security laws in the liberal democratic world. Since September 11, 2001, it has […]

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Richard McLeod: Make our voices known against the euthanasia bill

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  24/7 News, ACT, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Crime, David Seymour, End Of Life Choice Bill, Euthanasia, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Voluntary euthanasia  /  Comments Off on Richard McLeod: Make our voices known against the euthanasia bill

Voluntary euthanasia … deep concerns about what ACT leader David Seymour’s Bill could, if passed into law, mean for many vulnerable New Zealanders – “our elderly, our sick, our disabled, and our mentally unwell”. Image: NZ Catholic OPINION: By Richard McLeod Two years ago, the Parliamentary Health Select Committee investigating public attitudes to euthanasia and […]

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Duterte vs Rappler: Declaration of war against Philippine media?

By   /  January 28, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Censorship, Evening Report, Featured, Filipino media, freedom of expression, Justice, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, News Media, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on Duterte vs Rappler: Declaration of war against Philippine media?

On The Listening Post this week: Rappler battles with authorities plus climate sceptics and the media platforms they get. Video: Al Jazeera As Rappler, a popular Manila news website, battles with authorities, news media in the Philippines are feeling the chill. Rappler has long been a thorn in the side of President Rodrigo Duterte because […]

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Coups, globalisation and Fiji’s reset structures of ‘democracy’

By   /  January 28, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Book Reviews, Evening Report, Fiji, Fiji coups, Fiji media, George Speight, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military coups, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Research, Reviews, Sitiveni Rabuka, Voreqe Bainimarama  /  Comments Off on Coups, globalisation and Fiji’s reset structures of ‘democracy’

BOOKS: David Robie, editor of Pacific Journalism Review When Commodore (now rear admiral retired and an elected prime minister) Voreqe Bainimarama staged Fiji’s fourth “coup to end all coups” on 5 December 2006, it was widely misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented by a legion of politicians, foreign affairs officials, journalists and even some historians. A chorus […]

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UN critics join global outrage over Duterte’s Rappler ‘free press’ attack

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Human Rights, Malou Mangahas, Maria Ressa, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, PCIJ, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Rappler, Reporters Without Borders, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on UN critics join global outrage over Duterte’s Rappler ‘free press’ attack

Rappler’s CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa says that the Philippine government spends a lot of effort to turn journalism into a crime which shouldn’t be the case. Video: Rappler BACKGROUNDER: By David Robie Three United Nations special rapporteurs have added their voice to the global protests this month over the President Rodrigo Durterte government […]

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Indonesian court convicts mining protester over ‘communist’ symbol

By   /  January 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Communism, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Mining protest, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, political prisoners, Politics, prison, protest, Protests, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian court convicts mining protester over ‘communist’ symbol

Protesters gather in front of Banyuwangi District Court in Indonesia’s East Java province, this week in the freedom of expression case. Image: Yovinus Guntur/BenarNews By Yovinus Guntur in Banyuwangi, Indonesia An Indonesian court has convicted and sentenced an environmentalist to 10 months in prison on a charge of spreading communism by carrying a hammer-and-sickle banner […]

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Sano Malifa: Criminal libel and PM Tuilaepa’s ‘gift’ from American Samoa

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Criminal Code, Criminal defamation, Criminal libel, Evening Report, Featured, Justice, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Samoa  /  Comments Off on Sano Malifa: Criminal libel and PM Tuilaepa’s ‘gift’ from American Samoa

OPINION: Samoa Observer editorial by Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa Let’s face it. For every beginning there is an end. And for every end there is a reward to be extended, the quality of which would depend entirely on how keenly persevering the attempt would be. Still, now that Christmas is behind us, and another New […]

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The man I never knew – a tribute to a PNG crash pilot’s tragic end

By   /  January 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Air crashes, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Aviation, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, Malum Nalu, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, North Coast Aviation, Obituary, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, The National  /  Comments Off on The man I never knew – a tribute to a PNG crash pilot’s tragic end

By Malum Nalu in Port Moresby As I look into the face in the photoInto the eyes of the man I never knewI see the painThe hurt He shows me the cloud-covered SaruwagedThe treetopsI hear the crunchAs the plane hits the branches I see the hope in his eyesAs he makes an SOSHoping against hopeIn […]

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Why is Israel so afraid of 16-year-old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi?

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Armed police, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Evening Report, Featured, Global, History, Human Rights, Israel, Israeli occupation, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palestine, PMC Reportage, Police, Reports, Youth  /  Comments Off on Why is Israel so afraid of 16-year-old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi?

OPINION: By Ariel Gold and Taylor Morley Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi was back in court last Thursday, with the judge ruling for the third time that her detention be extended – this time for another five days. Over the past week and a half, Ahed has been shuffled between numerous Israeli prisons and police stations. She […]

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Murray Horton: Independent foreign policy? Fine words, but not reality

By   /  December 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, AIM, Analysis-Reportage, Aotearoa Independence Movement, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Climate, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Foreign Policy, Global, Human Rights, independence, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Murray Horton, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, peace, Peace and justice, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Murray Horton: Independent foreign policy? Fine words, but not reality

OPINION: By Murray Horton The Aotearoa Independence Movement (AIM) congratulates Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for explicitly defying President Trump’s bullying in relation to New Zealand’s United Nations vote against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. She went on to say that “New Zealand has, and always has had, an independent foreign policy“. Fine […]

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Gideon Levy: New Zealand, one state for two nations

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bastion Point, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Haaretz, History, Human Rights, Israel, Israeli occupation, Land rights, Maori, Maori history, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Negev, New Zealand, Nonviolence, Occupied Territories, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Gideon Levy: New Zealand, one state for two nations

ANALYSIS: By Gideon Levy in Auckland Late-morning light bathed the landscape in bold colors. It’s early summer here, and the sun was already very strong, broiling. It’s also the season in which the pohutukawa trees burst into crimson blossoms along the roadside. The view from the heights of this Auckland suburb of Orakei is breathtaking, […]

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Tribute to a NZ media mentor: How Yasmine Ryan taught me how to write

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Arab Spring, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Freelance journalism, Global, Investigative journalism, Journalism accuracy, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Obituary, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Reports, War journalism, Yasmine Ryan  /  Comments Off on Tribute to a NZ media mentor: How Yasmine Ryan taught me how to write

Yasmine Ryan, an award-winning New Zealand journalist who died tragically on Thursday, was the first Western journalist to begin writing about the beginning of the Arab Spring in Tunisia in 2011. This video interview was with media commentator Gavin Ellis last month. Video: The Spinoff By Murat Sofuoglu in Istanbul I have no idea how […]

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42 years after Timor-Leste’s declared independence, a democracy plea

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Democracy, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Political Stability, Politics, Reports, Social justice, Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste resistance  /  Comments Off on 42 years after Timor-Leste’s declared independence, a democracy plea

ETAN members at the time of the award of the Order of Timor-Leste, the country’s highest honour, in 2012: John M. Miller (second from right), and Charles Scheiner (right), with other special awardees Father Domingos Morato da Cunha (left) and Father Reinaldo Cardoso at the presidential ceremony. Image: ETAN OPINION: Open letter by Charles Scheiner, […]

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Chris Trotter: Catastrophic loss of trust over Canberra’s Manus provocation

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Detention Centres, Disinformation, Evening Report, Fake news, Human Rights, Indigenous, Manus Island, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Peter Dutton, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on Chris Trotter: Catastrophic loss of trust over Canberra’s Manus provocation

OPINION: By Chris Trotter You have to go a long way to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort […]

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