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Fisherman kept in ‘abject’ conditions at sea repatriated from Fiji, says lawyer

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Fiji, Fisheries, Fishermen, Forced labour, Human Rights, Images, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Dialogue charity, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Slavery, South Korea, Taiwan, Text, Tuna Fisheries  /  Comments Off on Fisherman kept in ‘abject’ conditions at sea repatriated from Fiji, says lawyer

NZ lawyer Karen Harding … social media video plea to captain of Taiwanese fishing boat helped “free” Indonesian fisherman in Fiji. Image: Karen Harding’s FB page By Rahul Bhattarai An allegedly “enslaved” Indonesian fisherman on board Yu Shun 88, a Taiwanese flagged tuna longliner, has now been repatriated from Fiji to his homeland, says an […]

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Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papuan independence, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

West Papua has been sidestepped by both the the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum. But, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Vanuatu is undeterred as leading champion for the West Papuan cause and is pressing for United Nations support. After the failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to move on the […]

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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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Indonesian Navy loses second ship in less than year off Papua

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, Maritime disasters, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Ship fire, Shipwreck, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Indonesian Navy loses second ship in less than year off Papua

The Indonesian Navy’s fast missile boat KRI Rencong-622 ablaze before sinking while on patrol near Sorong in West Papua on Tuesday. Image: Basarnas/Antarafoto By Robertus Wardi in Jakarta One of the Indonesian Navy’s fast missile boats has caught fire and sank while on patrol near Sorong in West Papua, becoming the country’s second naval vessel […]

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Pacific Forum backs ‘constructive engagement’ over West Papua

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Vanuatu, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Pacific Forum backs ‘constructive engagement’ over West Papua

Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu … support for West Papua at Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru encouraging. Image: PIFS By Royson Willie in Port Vila The Pacific Islands Forum has supported “constructive engagement” with Indonesia over “elections and human rights” at this week’s leaders summit in Nauru. Just before the final communique was released by […]

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Police arrest 45 at Jayapura rally plea for PIF to raise West Papua at UN

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, West Papua, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Police arrest 45 at Jayapura rally plea for PIF to raise West Papua at UN

Arrested Papuan self-determination protesters in Jayapura this week. Image: Tabloid Jubi By Benny Mawel in Jayapura Indonesian police have arrested scores of protesters at a demonstration organised by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as they were gathering at Sentani Post 7 in Jayapura. “Forty-five of us are [being held] at the Jayapura […]

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Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Human Rights, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Balance, China, Civil Society, Evening Report, fairness, Featured, Fiji, Free speech, Indonesia, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Nauru human rights, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Refugees, Reports, Samoa, sexual abuse  /  Comments Off on Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

ANALYSIS: The three-hour “detention” of television New Zealand Pacific affairs reporter Barbara Dreaver for “breaking protocols” over interviewing refugees on Nauru. But Josef Benedict reports this is just part of the dismal media freedom scene in the Pacific. At this week’s gathering of key Pacific Island leaders on the Micronesian island of Nauru, conspicuously missing […]

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Gallery: Climate change, disasters spark Indonesian-NZ research publication

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate research, Disasters, Education, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Gallery, Indonesia, Maritime disasters, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Publishing, Reports, Research, Research journals, Rising sea level  /  Comments Off on Gallery: Climate change, disasters spark Indonesian-NZ research publication

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk AUT Indonesia Centre director Lester Finch and Auckland Indonesia Community representative Maman Baboe spoke strongly last night in support of Indonesian and New Zealand collaborative ventures such as the “Disasters, Cyclones and Communication” edition of Pacific Journalism Review, the first such joint media publication. The Yoyakarta-based Center for Southeast Asian Social […]

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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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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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Indonesian state governor Nur Alam jailed for 12 years over eco-bribery

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bribery, Corruption, Environment, Environmental destruction, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Nickel mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian state governor Nur Alam jailed for 12 years over eco-bribery

Suspended Southeast Sulawesi governor Nur Alam … jail sentence for bribery connected to mining licences. Image: Kurnia Sari Aziza/Kompas.com/Jakarta Post By Moses Ompusunggu in Jakarta Indonesia’s Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Southeast Sulawesi governor Nur Alam to 12 years in prison in a case linked to several mining licences that led to environmental destruction […]

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Indonesian ambassador hits back at Herald columnist’s ‘baseless’ claim

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Diplomacy, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indonesia, Jacinda Ardern, Joko Widodo, Measles, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Indonesian ambassador hits back at Herald columnist’s ‘baseless’ claim

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern … Indonesia “satisfied with level of service and attention … and welcome” by NZ. Image: Jakarta Post/AFP By Tama Salim in Jakarta Indonesian Ambassador Tantowi Yahya has dismissed allegations that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had acted disrespectfully toward Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by declining to speak in public during last […]

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Asia-Pacific media must ‘empower people’ on climate action, says PMC

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Center for Southeast Asian Social Sciences, CESASS, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, COP23, David Robie, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Indonesia, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Television, UGM, Universitas Gadjah Mada  /  Comments Off on Asia-Pacific media must ‘empower people’ on climate action, says PMC

Apriline Widani of the Centre for Southeast Asia Social Studies (CESASS) at the Universitas Gadjah Mada talks to the Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie about climate change, the media and the Bearing Witness project in Fiji. Video: CESASS Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk News media need to empower people over climate change and to […]

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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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Mackenzie Smith: Indonesia’s Pacific neglect highlights NZ media problem

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Decolonisation, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, Independent media, Indonesia, Mainstream media, Measles, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papuan health  /  Comments Off on Mackenzie Smith: Indonesia’s Pacific neglect highlights NZ media problem

President Joko Widodo ordered military and medical teams to several locations across the vast Papua region to treat the sick and undertake a mass immunisation campaign during the measles outbreak. Image: Medical Xpress OPINION: Mackenzie Smith reviews two months living in Indonesia as a journalist. In Indonesia, I expected to broaden my understanding and realisation […]

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Another Suharto makes push to launch Indonesian politics career

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Berkarya Party, Evening Report, Featured, Golkar, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Suharto  /  Comments Off on Another Suharto makes push to launch Indonesian politics career

The youngest son of former Indonesian president Suharto, Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra (centre), attending the opening of the Berkarya (Working) Party national meeting where he was voted chairman in Solo, Central Java, earlier this month. Image: Jakarta Post/Antara By Ed Davies and Agustinus Beo Da Costa in Jakarta The youngest son of former Indonesian president […]

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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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Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab over fundamentalism fears

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Education, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gulf States, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Moderate Islam, Niqab, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Radical Islam, Religion, Religious tolerance, Reports, Saudi Arabia, Universities, Yogyakarta  /  Comments Off on Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab over fundamentalism fears

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk A pair of Indonesian Islamic universities are pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils – with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance – as concerns grow over rising fundamentalism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, reports Rappler Indonesia. Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University said it had issued the edict this week […]

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