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Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

By   /  April 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Corruption, Crime, Digital challenges, Digital data, Evening Report, Identity, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

Former Speaker Setya Novanto (left) attending a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court. Image: Dhoni Setiawan/Jakarta Post By Kharishar Kahfi in Jakarta The Jakarta Corruption Court judges today sentenced former House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of graft. Reading out the court’s verdict, presiding judge Yanto […]

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Ben Bohane: China? No, let’s face the elephant in the Pacific room

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Free West Papua, Global, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Justice, Melanesian, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Ben Bohane: China? No, let’s face the elephant in the Pacific room

BRIEFING: By Ben Bohane in Port Vila China … China … China … All the talk is of increasing Chinese influence in our region. But this is to wilfully see past the elephant in the room. Contrary to most commentary, the biggest destabilising player in Melanesia over the past five years is not China but […]

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‘Great relief’ for rights advocates after Philippines ‘releases’ Australian nun

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Activism, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, Justice, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on ‘Great relief’ for rights advocates after Philippines ‘releases’ Australian nun

Sister “Pat” Fox … “her duty to protect anyone who was oppressed or poor.” Image: Rappler By Jean Bell in Auckland Detained Australian missionary Sister Patricia “Pat” Fox’s “release” by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration has been greeted with relief by human rights advocates Peter Murphy, chair of the International Coalition for Human Rights in […]

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Erin Harris: Nauru appeal court move denies justice for refugees

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Detainees, Detention Centres, Evening Report, Featured, Health services, Jacinda Ardern, Justice, Legal aid, Migrants, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Political asylum, Political lawsuits, Politics, Refugees, Reports, Research, Security  /  Comments Off on Erin Harris: Nauru appeal court move denies justice for refugees

The Australian High Court building in Canberra. Image: Bentley Smith/Flickr/The Interpreter BRIEFING: By Erin Harris The decision to terminate a long-standing arrangement that saw the Australian High Court act as a partial appellate court for Nauru, as reported last week, has heightened concerns about Nauru’s appropriateness as a venue for an Australian immigration detention centre. […]

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Philippine soldiers harass mission probing rights abuses in Mindanao

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Fact-finding, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indigenous rights, Justice, Lumad, lumads, Marawi City, Martial Law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military occupation, Mindanao, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, save our schools, Security  /  Comments Off on Philippine soldiers harass mission probing rights abuses in Mindanao

Soldiers stop a human rights mission delegates in Northern Mindanao stopped in a checkpoint yesterday. Image: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas By Ronalyn V. Olea in Manila   Philippine state security forces have repeatedly blocked members of a fact-finding mission investigating human rights violations against peasant farmers and indigenous Lumads in Mindanao. Since their arrival at […]

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WestConnex M4 East violates Australian pollution standards – even before tunnel opens

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Air pollution, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, Investigative journalism, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Roading, Super tollways, Transport, WestConnex  /  Comments Off on WestConnex M4 East violates Australian pollution standards – even before tunnel opens

A talk by Dr Paul Torzillo at a meeting of Camperdown Residents against WestConnex on Air Pollution and Impacts on our Health. Video: Spontaneous 45 Since the New South Wales State government was elected in 2012, the massive WestConnex super expressway system in Sydney has been a great example of how this administration just can’t […]

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PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, CELCOR, Civil Society, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Landowner protest, Landowners, Lawsuit, logging, Logging companies, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Politics, Pomio, Reports, SABL, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

Landowners win six-year legal battle in Pomio District, site of a controversial Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) where large tracts of rainforest have been logged and replaced by oil palm plantations. Image: Scott Waide/EMTV By Scott Waide in LaeA group of customary landowners in Papua New Guinea has regained access to their land following a […]

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Demo at Freeport office in Jakarta calls for self-determination for West Papua

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Freeport Indonesia, Freeport mine, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indoleft News Service, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua protest, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Demo at Freeport office in Jakarta calls for self-determination for West Papua

Papuan protesters outside the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in South Jakarta last Thursday. Image: Tirto.id By Tony Firman in Jakarta Calls for West Papuan self-determination were prominent during a demonstration in front of the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in the Kuningan area of South Jakarta at the start of Easter. The action was […]

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Lawyer Paul Paraka hits back at PNG state with ‘citizens’ rights’ lawsuit

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Paraka Lawyers, Paraka saga, Paul Paraka, PMC Reportage, PNG Post-Courier, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Lawyer Paul Paraka hits back at PNG state with ‘citizens’ rights’ lawsuit

Lawyer Paul Paraka announces he will go to court to clear himself and claim for damages. Video: EMTV News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Embattled Papua New Guinean lawyer Paul Paraka has challenged the government with a lawsuit citing a section of the constitution never previously used for “breaching his citizen rights”, reports the PNG Post-Courier. […]

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Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Contempt of Parliament, Criticism, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of speech, Human Rights, Indonesia, Justice, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

Members of the Indonesia Catholic Students Association (PMKRI) place a freedom of speech coffin in front of the Parliament building during a protest in Manila last week. Image: Gun Halilintar/PMKRI By Ryan Dagur in Jakarta A wave of protests has swept Indonesia in recent days after legislation criminalising criticism of lawmakers took effect last week. […]

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Open letter to PM Ardern: Raise Papua human rights crimes with Jokowi

By   /  March 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Health, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Jacinda Ardern, Joko Widodo, Justice, Maire Leadbeater, Measles, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, Self Determination, Separatism, West Papua, West Papua Action Auckland, West Papua human rights  /  Comments Off on Open letter to PM Ardern: Raise Papua human rights crimes with Jokowi

Yanto Awerkion, a young activist who was promoting a petition calling for the UN Decolonisation Committee to become involved in West Papua, was jailed for more that 9 months for “treason”. He will be released shortly due to international pressure. Image: Free West Papua Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk An advocacy group, West Papua Action Auckland, […]

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ICC withdrawal ‘a principled stand’, claims Philippines’ Foreign Secretary

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Crime, Evening Report, Extrajudicial killings, Featured, Human Rights, International Criminal Court, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on ICC withdrawal ‘a principled stand’, claims Philippines’ Foreign Secretary

By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano claims the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court is “a principled stand” as nongovernmental organisations and politicians supposedly use human rights for political ends. “The political NGOs and the politicians have taken over human rights,” Cayetano has told GMA News anchor […]

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RSF calls on Philippine state to ‘stop hounding’ Rappler in ‘laughable’ move

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, Lawsuit, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Press Freedom, Rappler, Reports, Taxation, United Nations  /  Comments Off on RSF calls on Philippine state to ‘stop hounding’ Rappler in ‘laughable’ move

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Philippine authorities to stop hounding Rappler, after officials confirmed that a previously dismissed defamation action against the independent news website had been revived and last week brought a tax evasion complaint against the site. “All this would be laughable if the site’s survival […]

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Step up efforts to support Indonesian women’s rights plea to Jakarta

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gender empowerment, Gender security, Gender violence, Human Rights, Indonesia, Injustice, Justice, Legal issues, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Social justice  /  Comments Off on Step up efforts to support Indonesian women’s rights plea to Jakarta

By Sheany in Jakarta The National Commission on Violence Against Women, or Komnas Perempuan, has called on the government to do more to protect women’s rights, particularly by enacting a long-overdue bill on the elimination of sexual violence. The commission also said that current response to and handling of cases of violence against women in […]

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New Timor treaty will finally set borders to resolve oil, gas row

By   /  March 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bayu-Undan, Development, Economics, Evening Report, Featured, Gas fields, Greater Sunrise, Human Rights, Indigenous, international law, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Oil fields, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Sustainability, Timor Gap, Timor Sea, Timor Sea Treaty, Timor-Leste  /  Comments Off on New Timor treaty will finally set borders to resolve oil, gas row

ANALYSIS: By Tom Clarke Timor-Leste and Australia has signed a maritime boundary agreement at the UN headquarters in New York today, putting their long-running border dispute to rest. Although the finer details of the treaty remained under wraps, all reports suggest that the Timorese will secure their permanent maritime boundaries and a fairer share of […]

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Gender and diversity research at AUT turns 10

By   /  March 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cultural diversity, Culture, diversity, Evening Report, Feminism, feminist studies, Gender, Human Rights, Indigenous, inequality, Justice, Maori, Maori culture, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Research, Social justice, Te Ao Māori  /  Comments Off on Gender and diversity research at AUT turns 10

By Helen Twose in Auckland Auckland University of Technology’s Gender and Diversity Research Group has reached a significant milestone, celebrating 10 years of research and debate on gender and diversity issues within the community. Formed in 2007 with the aim of establishing a network of researchers within (and beyond) AUT who share an interest in […]

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‘I won’t resign – yet,’ says Natuman over Vanuatu obstruction case

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Investigation, Joe Natuman, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Mutiny, Obstruction, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Police, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on ‘I won’t resign – yet,’ says Natuman over Vanuatu obstruction case

By Glenda Willie and Jonas Cullwick Vanuatu’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business Joe Natuman has pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing or interfering with the execution of a criminal process, contrary to section 79 (c) of the Penal Code [CAP 135]. Natuman was joined by the other […]

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More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

By   /  February 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate research, Culture, Editor's Picks, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Gender, Guam, Hawai'i, Indigenous, Justice, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific climate, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Climate Warriors, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Religion, Reports, Research, Self Determination, Tonga, Tuvalu  /  Comments Off on More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

Trailer for the controversial climate change documentary Anote’s Ark – former Kiribati President Anote Tong opened the first Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington in 2016. By David Robie at Te Papa A recent Andy Marlette cartoon published by the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, depicted a bathtub-looking Noah’s Ark with a couple of stony-faced […]

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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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FIJI: Islands Business ex-publisher, director, journalist grilled over story

By   /  February 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Courts, Evening Report, Fiji, industrial relations, Islands Business, Justice, Labour, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on FIJI: Islands Business ex-publisher, director, journalist grilled over story

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Islands Business managing director Samisoni Pareti and journalist Nanise Volau have been questioned by Fiji police over a story published online by the Suva-based regional news magazine, IB reports. This follows the article published by Islands Business about Magistrate Andrew See who ruled in favour of Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers […]

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