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To conserve West Papua, start with land rights and forget past mistakes

By   /  October 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bird's Head, Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Forests, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Native forests, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, poverty, Reports, Socio-economic development, West Papua, West Papuan deforestation  /  Comments Off on To conserve West Papua, start with land rights and forget past mistakes

ANALYSIS:  By Bernadinus Steni and Daniel Nepstad Large landscapes of intact tropical forests will figure prominently in global strategies to avert catastrophic climate change and conserve biodiversity. In this context, the extensive forests of Papua and West Papua provinces in Indonesia are now becoming the focus of international conservation efforts. There are many inherent perils […]

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Peter Manning: Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC

By   /  September 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Evening Report, Featured, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, The Conversation  /  Comments Off on Peter Manning: Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC

Sacked as ABC head … Michelle Guthrie, “wrong choice from the start”. Image: PMC ANALYSIS: By Peter Manning Michelle Guthrie has been badly treated – not by being sacked, but by being hired in the first place. As a former head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs, I met Guthrie several times at functions […]

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Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Chinese aid, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Global, History, Jerry Singirok, Lombrum naval base, Manus Island, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Defence Force, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

Lombrum naval base on Manus Island … a Google’s-eye view. COMMENT: By Scott Waide The global trade war between China and Western powers has reached new heights in the Pacific, and in particular in Papua New Guinea. As the government of Peter O’Neill courts China on the one side of the bargaining table, receiving, aid […]

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NZ aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Balance, Broadcasting, Evening Report, fairness, hate speech, Hatred, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Solomon Islands  /  Comments Off on NZ aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack

By RNZ Pacific OPINION: An open letter to broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan on behalf of New Zealanders who have worked, and those are who are still working, in development in Solomon Islands: Heather du Plessis-Allan’s recent comments on [Newstalk ZB] that the Pacific are leeches on New Zealand is dangerously ignorant, insulting to Pacific Islanders […]

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Tongan scholars lodge protests over broadcaster’s Pacific ‘leeches’ jibe

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Broadcasting, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, News Media, Opinion, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Tongan scholars lodge protests over broadcaster’s Pacific ‘leeches’ jibe

Broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan … controversial attack on the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders. Image: Screenshot of Newstalk ZB By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News Tongan community leaders and top scholars in New Zealand will complain to the Human Rights Commission against broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan’s outspoken comments against Pacific people. The complaint will […]

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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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Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, cultural diplomacy, Culture, Development, Diplomacy, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific dialogue, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

A song called “Jacinda New Star in the Sky” clearly delighted NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week: “Underestimating personal relationships in the Pacific is sheer ignorance.” Image: Screen shot from TVNZ video OPINION: By Barbara Dreaver, 1 News Pacific Correspondent Now that the phosphate dust has settled […]

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Joanne Wallis: Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Biketawa Declaration, Boe Declaration, Climate, Environment, Environmental security, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru human rights, Opinion, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Joanne Wallis: Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat By Joanne Wallis in Nauru Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in […]

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Keith Jackson: Did dumb just get dumber and Sam Basil dig a hole?

By   /  June 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, Cyber-censorship, Evening Report, Facebook, Featured, Free speech, freedom of expression, Freedom of Information, Freedom of speech, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Social Media, Telecommunications  /  Comments Off on Keith Jackson: Did dumb just get dumber and Sam Basil dig a hole?

A near confrontation on the floor of Parliament on Friday, with the Papua New Guinea Opposition walking out in protest over the referral of Madang MP Bryan Kramer, to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee following a Facebook posting. Video: EMTV News MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ

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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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Dan McGarry: Want to lead in the Pacific? Try listening first

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian aid, Balance, Cartoons, China, Culture, Evening Report, fairness, Featured, Foreign Policy, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military bases, News Media, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Dan McGarry: Want to lead in the Pacific? Try listening first

Cathy Wilcox’s Sydney Morning Herald cartoon is a showcase for everything that’s wrong with Australian foreign policy. Cartoon: Cathy Wilcox/SMH/VDP By Dan McGarry in Port Vila The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly […]

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Baseless rumours: why talk of Chinese military base in Vanuatu misses point

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, ABC Pacific Beat, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Espiritu Santo, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Luganville, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military bases, Opinion, Pacific Beat, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific War, PMC Reportage, Politics, Port Vila, Reports, Vanuatu, World War II  /  Comments Off on Baseless rumours: why talk of Chinese military base in Vanuatu misses point

How the Vanuatu Daily Post reacted to the Australian “news” of a possible Chinese military base plan. Image: VDP BRIEFING: By Dan McGarry in Port Vila The “news” this week that Vanuatu was to be the site of a Chinese military base caught most people by surprise. Government officials with detailed knowledge of relevant matters […]

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Life after the PNG quakes and more really tough decisions ahead

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Blogs, Civil Society, Disasters, earthquakes, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, helicopters, Medical aid, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Mougalu, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, scott waide, Western Province  /  Comments Off on Life after the PNG quakes and more really tough decisions ahead

SPECIAL REPORT: Anton Lutz in Mougulu profiles what life is like on the border of Western Province and Hela at the epicentre three weeks after Papua New Guinea’s earthquakes. This week a disaster relief team operating out of Mougulu in Western Province demonstrated how key partnerships can lead directly to efficient outcomes. As the largest […]

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John Minto: Barack Obama – ‘Yes, We Can’ champion of the rich

By   /  March 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Banks, Barack Obama, Cartoons, drones, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Financial crisis, Gallery, John Minto, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Occupy Movement, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Political history, Politics, Reports, social change, Wealth  /  Comments Off on John Minto: Barack Obama – ‘Yes, We Can’ champion of the rich

Barack Obama bailed out the banks, increased weapons production and delivered 10 times more drone strikes than his predecessor George Bush. Cartoon: Malcolm Evans/The Daily Blog OPINION: By John Minto Former US President Barack Obama won office decisively on the basis of a fervent campaign driven by his supporters believing he would bring real change. […]

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Gary Juffa: How we can stop criminal cartels stealing our PNG forests

By   /  March 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Army, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cartels, Crime, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Flora and fauna, Forests, Gary Juffa, Human Rights, Illegal logging, logging, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Forests Authority, Police, Politics, Reports, Sustainable Development  /  Comments Off on Gary Juffa: How we can stop criminal cartels stealing our PNG forests

Police action squad dealing to illegal loggers in Oro province of Papua New Guinea. Image: Gary Juffa/FB OPINION: By Gary Juffa In the ongoing saga of stopping illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s Oro province, our facts reveal that the PNG Forest Authority is failing our people. A network exists whereby a few corrupt public […]

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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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31 deaths so far in PNG quake, but ‘hit-and-miss’ on rural area statistics

By   /  March 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disaster management, Disaster relief, Disaster risk reduction, Disasters, earthquakes, EMTV News, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on 31 deaths so far in PNG quake, but ‘hit-and-miss’ on rural area statistics

Professor Chalapan Kaluwin of the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Natural and Physical Sciences says the country should prepare itself for more natural disasters. EMTV News By Scott Waide of EMTV News Our biggest challenge as Papua New Guinean journalists has been verifying the statistics from rural areas with limited resources. As much […]

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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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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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