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SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

By   /  September 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Culture, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji constitution, Fiji elections, FijiFirst, IntJourn Project, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, National Federation Party, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA  /  Comments Off on SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

By Sri Krishnamurthi of the Pacific Media Centre Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka is confident of winning government benches in the 2018 general election. SODELPA, the largest opposition party from the 2014 election in Fiji, currently has 15 seats while FijiFirst has 32 and the National Federation Party has three in […]

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Prasad confident NFP could be in Fiji’s post-election government

By   /  September 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, National Federation Party, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Prasad confident NFP could be in Fiji’s post-election government

Fiji’s National Federation Party (NFP) leader, Professor Biman Prasad could find himself in the same position as New Zealand’s deputy prime minister and leader of the New Zealand First Party, Winston Peters, if there is a major swing against the ruling FijiFirst Party. Sri Krishnamurthi talks to the man who might be the kingmaker after […]

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Fiji stabilises, growth positive but still a big question over military role

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, capacity-building, Constitution, Democracy, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji constitution, Fiji coups, Human Rights, Innovation, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military coups, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reconstruction, Reports  /  Comments Off on Fiji stabilises, growth positive but still a big question over military role

The 4ha Carpenters Fiji waterfront development in downtown Suva … an example of urban renewal development. Image: Carpenters Fiji As Fiji lurches towards stability and democracy, the military’s overwhelming presence is a reminder of what once was, and could happen again, as the Pacific Media Centre’s Sri Krishnamurthi talks to an academic who does not […]

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RSF condemns jail terms for two Myanmar journalists in ‘sham trial’

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Atrocities, Censorship, Democracy, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Investigative journalism, Justice, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Myanmar, Official secrets, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reporters Without Borders, Reports, Trial  /  Comments Off on RSF condemns jail terms for two Myanmar journalists in ‘sham trial’

Turmoil outside the Yangon court at the end of the trial of Kyaw Soe Oo (below) and Wa Lone in Myanmar yesterday. Image: Ye Aung Tha/AFP/RSF Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders has condemned the seven-year prison sentences imposed on two Reuters reporters in the Myanmar city of Yangon yesterday at the end of […]

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Sedition, coup-era media law and nerves keep lid on Fiji press

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji coups, Fiji elections, Human Rights, Images, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military coups, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Text, Video  /  Comments Off on Sedition, coup-era media law and nerves keep lid on Fiji press

With the date for this year’s second Fiji general election since the 2006 coup yet to be announced, one of the questions is will there be a free media for the campaign? Sri Krishnamurthi in Suva talks to some media commentators who are not optimistic. The frenzy of the forthcoming elections is just starting to […]

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Nine-Fairfax merger warning for investigative media – and democracy

By   /  August 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Channel Nine, Democracy, Evening Report, Fairfax, Fairfax Media, Featured, Investigative journalism, Media, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, public interest, Reports, Research  /  Comments Off on Nine-Fairfax merger warning for investigative media – and democracy

If you value the media’s watchdog role in democracy, then the opening words in the deal enabling Channel Nine to acquire Fairfax Media, the biggest single shake-up of the Australian media in more than three decades, ring alarm bells. MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ

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Guide to making a submission on the Election Access Fund Bill

By   /  July 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Chlöe Swarbrick, Democracy, disabilities, Election Access Fund Bill, Green Party, Justice & Democracy, MIL NZ OSI, Mojo Mathers, New Zealand, New Zealand Legislature, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics, submission, submission guide  /  Comments Off on Guide to making a submission on the Election Access Fund Bill

Source: Green Party Our democracy should be accessible for everyone. One of the fundamental things about civil society is that it’s supposed to be by the people, for the people. Currently, it’s harder than it should be for some people to take part. That’s where the Election Access Fund Bill comes in.  Make a submission […]

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Watchdog role of media highlighted in USP journalism talk

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-corruption, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Democracy, Evening Report, journalism, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Solomon Islands, University of the South Pacific, USP, Watchdogs  /  Comments Off on Watchdog role of media highlighted in USP journalism talk

Dr Shailendra Singh … “news media is an important and a crucial pillar of democracy.” Image: Solomon Star By Ronald Tito’ona in Honiara Local journalists in the Solomon Islands have been again reminded of their watchdog role by keeping the government accountable in the fight against corruption. Head of the University of South Pacific journalism strand […]

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Public broadcasting and an advocate’s ‘disaster readiness’ revival mission

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Better Public Media Trust, David Beatson, Democracy, Digital Media, Evening Report, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, NZ Listener, Online media, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Public broadcasting, Public Trust, Radio, Radio New Zealand, Reports, RNZ, Television  /  Comments Off on Public broadcasting and an advocate’s ‘disaster readiness’ revival mission

TRIBUTE: By Geoff Lealand in Auckland David Beatson, broadcaster, editor, journalist, public intellectual and media visionary, proposed a new, or renewed, role for New Zealand public broadcasting in anticipating and managing risk – such as natural disasters and technological crises, says an academic in his public tribute. Speaking at an inaugural memorial lecture in Ponsonby […]

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How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Democracy, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Media, Media censorship, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, state surveillance, Surveillance  /  Comments Off on How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

BRIEFING: Special report by Jodesz Gavilan and Sofia Tomacruz in Manila Human rights activists say that the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen’s right to privacy. If left unchecked, it can lead to ‘far worse attacks.’ Human rights groups say the administrations of […]

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Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The logic of the Greens’ question-time giveaway

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis Assessment, Analysis-Reportage, Democracy, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Lead, Media, Media Intelligence, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, News Media, NZ Politics, Pacific Region, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The logic of the Greens’ question-time giveaway

Bryce Edwards’ Political Roundup: The logic of the Greens’ question-time giveaway Dr Bryce Edwards. Even many Green supporters are bewildered and unhappy about James Shaw’s announcement that the party has given away their allocation of parliamentary questions to National. On the face of it, this highly unusual decision to help the National Party looks mad, […]

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Changing politics trigger predictions for Fiji’s first woman prime minister

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Fiji, Fiji elections, Gender, Gender empowerment, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Changing politics trigger predictions for Fiji’s first woman prime minister

Lenora Qereqeretabua, 2018 National Federation Party’s provisional candidate Picture: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=433103 Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Fiji might see its first woman prime minister after this year’s general election, predicts New Zealand-based political sociologist, Professor Steven Ratuva. Following in the tracks of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prof Ratuva believes politics in Fiji was drifting away […]

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Marites Vitug: Duterte’s dangerously zero idea of independent journalism

By   /  March 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Censorship, Democracy, dictatorship, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Malacañang, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, Pia Rañada, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on Marites Vitug: Duterte’s dangerously zero idea of independent journalism

ANALYSIS: By Marites Dañguilan Vitug in Manila A year ago, the White House barred some members of the press from attending an informal briefing, a rarity in a country that was regarded as the beacon of democracy. Excluding reporters from The New York Times, CNN, Politico, BuzzFeed, and the Los Angeles Times – all accredited […]

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Philippine bishops call for vigilance amid ‘creeping dictatorship’

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bishops, Civil Society, Culture, Democracy, dictatorship, EDSA, Evening Report, Featured, Ferdinand Marcos, freedom of expression, Human Rights, Indigenous, Innovation, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, People Power, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Religion, Reports  /  Comments Off on Philippine bishops call for vigilance amid ‘creeping dictatorship’

By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Bishops have called for vigilance in the face of a “creeping dictatorship,” as the Philippines marked the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution yesterday – February 25. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said Filipinos should “celebrate” and also “guard” the gift of democracy, which Filipinos gained after […]

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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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