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Jakarta Post: Free radical cleric linked to Bali bombing – why now?

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  24/7 News, Abu Bakar Bashir, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bali bombings, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, FifthEstate1, Indonesia, Indonesian elections, Joko Widodo, Justice, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, presidential elections, Reports, Terrorism  /  Comments Off on Jakarta Post: Free radical cleric linked to Bali bombing – why now?

Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir … controversy over presidential plan for his early release. Image: YouTube still Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Indonesian President Joko Widodo says a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings would only be released from jail if he pledged loyalty to the state and its ideology, following news he […]

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Bangsamoro Islamic troops choose peace via historic Philippines vote

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bangsamoro, Bangsamoro Organic Law, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, FifthEstate1, Human Rights, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Mindanao, Muslim, Muslim separatists, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Rappler, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Bangsamoro Islamic troops choose peace via historic Philippines vote

By Sofia Tomacruz in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao Battle-scarred they might be, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have faced their toughest campaign yet. Armed with nothing but a first-time vote, young troops from the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces prayed they would win the decades-old struggle for autonomy and independence through yesterday’s ballot. More than 150,000 former […]

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Stop harassing Rappler, media advocacy groups tell Duterte

By   /  November 28, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Freedom of Information, Global, KB, KB, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Rappler, Reports, tax evasion  /  Comments Off on Stop harassing Rappler, media advocacy groups tell Duterte

Two global media freedom advocacy groups accuse the Philippine government of trying to “silence” Rappler and its journalists. Image: Rappler Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have written a joint open letter to the prosecutor-general of the Philippines calling for an end to the orchestrated harassment […]

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Six activists detained for staging palm oil shipboard rally, says Greenpeace

By   /  November 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, DJF, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Greenpeace International, Human Rights, Indonesia, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palm Oil, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Reports  /  Comments Off on Six activists detained for staging palm oil shipboard rally, says Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner reading “Drop Dirty Palm Oil Now” at a Wilmar International palm oil refinery in Bitung, North Sulawesi, in September. Image: Jurnasyanto Sukarno/Greenpeace Indonesia By Ivany Atina Arbi in Jakarta Six Greenpeace activists have reportedly been detained by the captain of the tanker Stolt Tenacity for staging a rally against global […]

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RSF condemns ‘tax evasion’ charge used to harass Philippine website

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, KB, KB, Maria Ressa, Media, Media persecution, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Rappler, Reporters Sans Frontieres, Reporters Without Borders, Reports, RSF, tax evasion  /  Comments Off on RSF condemns ‘tax evasion’ charge used to harass Philippine website

Rappler president and media freedom advocate Maria Ressa … now the target of a personal lawsuit by the Duterte government. Image: RSF/Joël Saget/AFP Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders has condemned the tax evasion charges that the Philippine Department of Justice  is bringing against the independent news website Rappler and its president, journalist Maria […]

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‘Victim blaming’ in latest Indonesian uni sex abuse case angers thousands

By   /  November 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Balairung, DJF, Education, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Homestay, Human Rights, Indonesia, Justice, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Sexual harassment, Student assault, Student safety, UGM, Universitas Gadjah Mada  /  Comments Off on ‘Victim blaming’ in latest Indonesian uni sex abuse case angers thousands

By Sri Wahyuni and Evi Mariani in Yogyakarta, Indonesia An leading Indonesian university’s initial response to a recent sexual assault case allegedly involving two of its students has angered thousands of people, who have signed a petition demanding that the Yogyakarta institution punish the student perpetrator and the campus officials who had penalised the student […]

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Scrap workers deal with Saudi Arabia following execution, says Jakarta NGO

By   /  October 31, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, DJF, Evening Report, Executions, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Indonesia, KB, KB, Middle East, migrant workers, Migration, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Rape, Reports, Saudi Arabia  /  Comments Off on Scrap workers deal with Saudi Arabia following execution, says Jakarta NGO

Migrant Care activists hold a rally in protest against the execution of an Indonesian migrant worker in front of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Jakarta on March 20, 2018. Image: Seto Wardhana/Jakarta Post By Dian Septiari in Jakarta The Migrant CARE advocacy group has called on Indonesia’s Manpower Ministry to cancel a recent agreement with […]

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Police shut down Bali people’s global conference against World Bank

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bali, Evening Report, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Innovation, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, People Power, People's Global Conference, PMC Reportage, Politics, Radio Republic Indonesia, Reports, RRI, Security, World Bank  /  Comments Off on Police shut down Bali people’s global conference against World Bank

Protesters picket the Nirmala Hotel after the second cancellation of the People’s Global Conference in Bali. Image: PGC By Rio Apinino in Denpasar, Bali Indonesian police have closed down the Peoples’ Global Conference Against the IMF-World Bank which should have opened earlier today at the Radio Republic Indonesia (RRI) Auditorium in Denpasar, Bali. As its […]

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Japan’s Kasai nominated as Western Pacific’s next WHO regional director

By   /  October 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Health Policy, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, WHO, World Health Organisation  /  Comments Off on Japan’s Kasai nominated as Western Pacific’s next WHO regional director

Japan’s candidate, Dr Takeshi Kasai … elected in spite of strong Pacific campaign over the World Health Organisation (WHO) post for Western Pacific. Image: WHO Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Japan’s candidate, Dr Takeshi Kasai, has been elected as the next World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Health ministers and other senior […]

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VP’s camp defers to Duterte over his health disclosure – ‘he knows his oath’

By   /  October 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Constitution, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Presidential health, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, State of health  /  Comments Off on VP’s camp defers to Duterte over his health disclosure – ‘he knows his oath’

Health controversy: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo in the Philippines says it respects the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte that his recent medical tests came back negative. Image: Rappler montage By Lian Buan in Manila The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is keen on pushing for the public disclosure of President Rodrigo […]

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Palu quake and tsunami sweeps away key Indonesian human rights activism

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  1965 Indonesian purge, 24/7 News, 30th September Movement, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, assassinations, Disasters, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Extrajudicial killings, History, Human Rights, Indonesia, Indonesian Communist Party, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palu tsunami, PMC Reportage, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Palu quake and tsunami sweeps away key Indonesian human rights activism

Palu mayor Rusdy Mastura (seen on the billboard), apologised in 2012 for the mass killings of Communists in Indonesia, becoming the first and only Indonesian official to do so. This paved the way for family and victims of the massacre to receive aid. Image: Ulet Ifansasti ANALYSIS: By Dr Vannessa Hearman When the earthquake and […]

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Rights violations, censorship threatens EU-Vietnam deal, says watchdog

By   /  October 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Censorship, Cyber-censorship, Dissent, Evening Report, Free trade, Free Trade Agreement, Gender, Human Rights, Human rights defenders, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, peaceful protest, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, vietnam  /  Comments Off on Rights violations, censorship threatens EU-Vietnam deal, says watchdog

Vietnam’s human rights record could jeopardise an upcoming free trade deal with the European Union, according to Human Rights Watch. Asia-Pacific Journalism’s Jessica Marshall reports. A global human rights watchdog claims that Vietnam’s human rights record could jeopardise a free trade deal with the European Union. A warning letter by Human Rights Watch, dated September […]

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Palu disaster: Why Indonesia’s tsunamis are so deadly

By   /  October 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Disasters, earthquakes, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palu tsunami, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tsunami  /  Comments Off on Palu disaster: Why Indonesia’s tsunamis are so deadly

ANALYSIS: By Dr Anja Scheffers The magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and subsequent tsunami, that struck Indonesia days ago has resulted in at least 1,200 deaths. Authorities are still gauging the extent of the damage, but it is clear the earthquake and tsunami had a devastating effect on the Sulawesi region, particularly the city of Palu. It’s […]

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Chaos in Palu after quake and tsunami as survivors deal with hunger, thirst

By   /  October 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Disasters, earthquakes, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, natural disaster, natural disasters, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palu tsunami, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tsunami  /  Comments Off on Chaos in Palu after quake and tsunami as survivors deal with hunger, thirst

By Ruslan Sangadji and Andi Hajramurni in Palu, Indonesia In the wake of mass destruction caused by Indonesia’s 7.4-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, survivors in Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi have been scrambling to salvage food supplies and other items, as aid from the central government began to trickle into the region. Yesterday, […]

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Duterte critic Trillanes second senator to be arrested – for 2003 ‘rebellion’

By   /  September 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Antonio Trillanes IV, APR, Arrest warrant, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bail, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, political prisoners, Politics, Rebellion, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, Senate  /  Comments Off on Duterte critic Trillanes second senator to be arrested – for 2003 ‘rebellion’

Senator Antonio Trillanes … a rebellion charge against Trillanes has been revived after President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572, revoking a presidential amnesty. Image: NCRPO By Rambo Talabong in ManilaOutspoken critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has become the second opposition senator to be arrested under the Duterte presidency. A team led by Makati police […]

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Philippine protesters stage anti-martial law demos as Duterte trust plummets

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Civil Society, dictatorship, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Ferdinand Marcos, History, Human Rights, Martial Law, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Protests, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, War on drugs  /  Comments Off on Philippine protesters stage anti-martial law demos as Duterte trust plummets

Protesters mark the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Philippines dictator Marcos with demonstrations against President Duterte. Video: Rappler By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Protesters have staged the most widespread barrage of protests yesterday against President Rodrigo Duterte, as Filipinos marked the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under […]

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Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Health and Fitness, Health Policy, Japan, Malaysia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Islands health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, WHO, World Health Organisation  /  Comments Off on Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a New Zealander of Niuean descent and proposed by New Zealand, was given resounding support for his nomination from Pacific countries. Image: AUT The Western Pacific post for the World Health Organisation is a vitally important role for the region. However, reports Sri Krishnamurthi for Asia Pacific Journalism, the earlier unity over […]

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Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and West Papuan political prisoners

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Amnesty International, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, flag-raising, Human Rights, Indonesia, Maluku, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, political prisoners, Politics, Prisons, protest, Protests, Reports, West Papua, West Papuan, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and West Papuan political prisoners

A study, conducted by Indonesia Law Reform Institute cofounder Anugrah Rizki Akbari, concludes that Indonesia has an “overcriminalisation” problem, with hundreds of harmless activities having been classified as crimes. Image: Shutterstock/Jakarta Post OPINION: By Glenn Fredly in Jakarta The remarks of renowned American philosopher John Dewey, “If you want to establish some conception of a […]

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Amnesty demands Jokowi honour pledge on Papuan human rights

By   /  September 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, Amnesty International, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Crime, Evening Report, Extrajudicial killings, Featured, Human Rights, Human rights violations, Indigenous, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Paniai killings, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Amnesty demands Jokowi honour pledge on Papuan human rights

Indonesian police and military have reportedly attacked the West Papua Committee (KNPB) office in Timika and arrested seven people, including three teenagers. Image: Timika KNPB By Budiarti Utami Putri in Jakarta Human rights organisation Amnesty International Indonesia has demanded President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo fulfil his promises to resolve the alleged human rights violations in Papua. […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut devastates north of Philippines with at least 25 dead

By   /  September 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, natural disaster, natural disasters, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Typhoon, Typhoon Mangkhut, Typhoon Ompong, Weather  /  Comments Off on Typhoon Mangkhut devastates north of Philippines with at least 25 dead

Typhoon Mangkhut as seen from the foyer of the of the Mira de Polaris hotel about 15 km from the heart of San Nicolas. Video: Jeremaiah M. Opiniano/Cafe Pacific By Jeremaiah M. Opiniano in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte Howling winds and heavy volumes of rainfall brought more than a third of the Philippines and its […]

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