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Time for US, Australia to change policy on West Papua or risk major setback

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  1965 Indonesian purge, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Free West Papua, Freeport Indonesia, Freeport mine, General Wiranto, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Indonesian diplomacy, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Time for US, Australia to change policy on West Papua or risk major setback

By Ben Bohane Reports of the Indonesian military using white phosphorous munitions on West Papuan civilians last month are only the latest horror in a decades-old jungle war forgotten by the world. But new geopolitical maneuvering may soon change the balance of power here, prompting regional concern about an intensifying battle for this rich remote […]

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Critics see Fiji’s Online Safety Act as ‘Trojan horse’ for online censors

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, cyber security, Cyber-censorship, Cyber-crime laws, Cyberbullying, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Internet, KB, KB, Media, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Online safety, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Science-Technology  /  Comments Off on Critics see Fiji’s Online Safety Act as ‘Trojan horse’ for online censors

Fiji’s new online safety law … deemed by the government as necessary to make the internet a safe space for women and children. Image: S&S By Mong Palatino of Global Voices Fiji’s Online Safety Act took effect this month amid concerns that it will be used to censor the internet. The law was passed in […]

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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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Sincha Dimara: My mother, a West Papuan survivor of many hardships, spurred along by her faith

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, DJF, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Indigenous, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination  /  Comments Off on Sincha Dimara: My mother, a West Papuan survivor of many hardships, spurred along by her faith

Dominguis and Dolfintje Dimara pictured on the day they were married. Image: #InspirationalPapuaNewGuineans PROFILE: By Sincha Dimara in Port Moresby I once asked my mother how was it that she married at the tender age of 16 and left home in West Papua for a foreign land – neighbouring Papua New Guinea – never to […]

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Scott Waide reinstated – ‘thank you’ message from EMTV journalist

By   /  November 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, KB, KB, Maserati, Maseratis, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide reinstated – ‘thank you’ message from EMTV journalist

Scott Waide reporting in a Papua New Guinea village … image from his blog My Land, My Country. COMMENT: By Scott Waide, in an open letter posted on his blog after he was reinstated by EMTV today following suspension for broadcasting an APEC news item on November 17 criticising wasteful government spending. Dear all, Over […]

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Bryan Kramer: Who was culprit behind O’Neill government revenge on Waide?

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, EMTV, EMTV News, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, KB, KB, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Television  /  Comments Off on Bryan Kramer: Who was culprit behind O’Neill government revenge on Waide?

Revenge against one of PNG’s leading journalists Scott Waide, says opposition MP for Madang = Bryan Kramer. Image: Bryan Kramer Facebook COMMENT: By Bryan Kramer, MP for Madang Papua New Guinea’s O’Neill government has taken revenge against senior EMTV Reporter Scott Waide, who was suspended over his broadcasting of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s […]

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Open letter from MP for Wabag: EMTV move ‘dictatorship before our eyes’

By   /  November 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, dictatorship, DJF, EMTV, EMTV News, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Internet, KB, KB, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide, Television  /  Comments Off on Open letter from MP for Wabag: EMTV move ‘dictatorship before our eyes’

Papua New Guinean journalists at APEC 2018 … “freedom of speech and expression are a fundamental right … and entrenched in the constitution”. Image: Loop PNG OPINION: By Dr Lino Jeremaih Tom, MP for Wabag The suspension of EMTV deputy news editor Scott Waide has brought us to a new low in Papua New Guinea’s […]

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EMTV suspends senior journalist Scott Waide over NZ Maserati news story

By   /  November 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, KB, KB, Maseratis, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Newshub, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on EMTV suspends senior journalist Scott Waide over NZ Maserati news story

The Maserati item from New Zealand’s Newshub screened on EMTV News on 17 November 2018. By Vincent Moses in Port Moresby The Papua New Guinean state-owned media company EMTV has been forced to act against its wishes and media ethics to suspend one of the country’s best reporters, their award-winning Lae bureau chief and senior […]

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Mary-Louise O’Callaghan: Time we heard the Pacific’s take on the Pacific

By   /  November 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, ABC, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Bougainville, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Investigative journalism, journalism, Journalism excellence, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Radio Australia, Reports, Walkley Awards  /  Comments Off on Mary-Louise O’Callaghan: Time we heard the Pacific’s take on the Pacific

Covering the Pacific … “we might even learn a thing or two about the nations and the region within which we live .” Image: Shane McLeod/The Interpreter ANALYSIS: By Mary-Louise O’Callaghan It is both apt and overdue that veteran ABC correspondent Sean Dorney was last night awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism at the 2018 […]

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Scott Waide: PNGFM news boss calls for investigations, penalties for troops who assaulted journalists

By   /  November 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Assault, Crime, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, KB, KB, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Police, Police brutality, Politics, Press Freedom, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: PNGFM news boss calls for investigations, penalties for troops who assaulted journalists

Parliament Haus in Waigani … scene of the reported assault against PNGFM journalists. Image Scott Waide’s blog Scott Waide’s blog highlights an open letter by Genesis Ketan, director of news, PNGFM: As director of News for PNGFM, I am very disappointed at the manner at which two of my reporters – one male and one […]

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2018 Fiji elections – the ‘fake news’ catchphrase of this poll but beware

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, IntJourn Project, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on 2018 Fiji elections – the ‘fake news’ catchphrase of this poll but beware

By Sri Krishnamurthi “Fake News” was the catch phrase of the 2018 Fiji Elections – the second democratic elections since Commodore, now Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, carried out Fiji’s fourth coup in 2006. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama … reelected with easily the strongest personal vote in the Fiji general election but his FijiFirst party has […]

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‘The people have spoken’ – Fiji Times comments on a split election

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Editorials, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on ‘The people have spoken’ – Fiji Times comments on a split election

The Fiji Times editorial … “The challenge for individual voters is to cast aside differences, and unite for a common goal, to move our nation forward.” Image: PMC screenshot EDITORIAL COMMENT: By Fred Wesley, editor-in-chief of The Fiji Times Yesterday marked the end of the 2018 Fiji General Election. It marked the end of a […]

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Crosbie Walsh: Fiji elections still a cliffhanger, FijiFirst hanging on

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Crosbie Walsh: Fiji elections still a cliffhanger, FijiFirst hanging on

Fiji general election … a disappointing low voter turnout but the atrocious weather is an insufficient reason. Image: Wansolwara ANALYSIS: By Dr Crosbie Walsh With the final results from 1715 (79 percent) of the 2173 polling stations now counted, who will form the next Fiji government is still too close to call, although the trend […]

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Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events – allow Beijing state media

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, China, Development, DJF, Economics, EMTV, Evening Report, Featured, Geopolitics, Human Rights, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide, Trade, United States  /  Comments Off on Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events – allow Beijing state media

Some critics say that China’s latest behaviour toward foreign journalists casts doubt over its vow to treat neighbours with “respect”. Image: Natalie Whiting/ABC News/My Land, My Country By Scott Waide Papua New Guinea’s freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when Chinese officials barred both local and non-Chinese media from attending meetings at three Asia-Pacific […]

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Scott Waide: How China is several moves ahead in Port Moresby

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, China, Development, DJF, Economics, EMTV, Evening Report, Featured, Geopolitics, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide, Trade, US  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: How China is several moves ahead in Port Moresby

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Prime Minister of PNG Peter O’Neill shaking hands. Image: Solomon Kantha/My Land My Country COMMENTARY: By Scott Waide In November every year, the Papua New Guinean National budget usually takes centre stage. But not this year. This week, the 2019 budget came two days before the start of the biggest […]

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Ben Bohane: A tribute to the ‘grand old man’ of the OPM Bernard Mawen

By   /  November 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Free Papua Movement, Free West Papua Campaign, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Obituary, Opinion, OPM, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Ben Bohane: A tribute to the ‘grand old man’ of the OPM Bernard Mawen

OPM Southern Commander Bernard Mawen (right) with Commander John Koknak (left) and the Morning Star flag at the time of being interviewed by Vanuatu-based journalist Ben Bohane in 1998. Image: © Ben Bohane OBITUARY: By Ben Bohane The Free Papua Movement (OPM) Southern Commander Bernard Mawen has died. He was the “grand old man” of […]

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Kanaky independence campaign rolls on … encouraged by ballot result

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Global, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Kanak independence, Kanaky, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Kanaky independence campaign rolls on … encouraged by ballot result

David Robie, who reported from New Caledonia several times during the 1980s for Islands Business magazine, The Australian, New Zealand Times and other media, returned to the French Pacific possession to observe last weekend’s historic referendum. He was also on board the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace environmental ship that was bombed by French secret agents […]

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Scott Waide: Let’s be honest! Nearly every PNG public health facility is facing medicine shortages

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Health and Fitness, health care, Health services, Human Rights, KB, KB, Medicine, Medicine shortage, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG health, Politics, public health, Reports, Self Determination, State of health  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: Let’s be honest! Nearly every PNG public health facility is facing medicine shortages

Merut Kilamu being given the last bottles of Amoxycillin suspension for her baby. Image: Scott Waide/My Land, My Country blog COMMENTARY: By Scott Waide In Lae City, Papua New Guinea’s second-largest city, there are seven urban clinics, each serving between 100 and 150 patients a day.  They get their medical supplies form the Government Area […]

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