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Indonesian double standards over press freedom endanger safety of Papuan journalists

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured story, Front page, Journalist safety, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Research, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Indonesian double standards over press freedom endanger safety of Papuan journalists

Street art posters in support of protecting journalists in a “free media” West Papua in Jakarta, Indonesia, during WPFD2017. Image: David Robie Pacific Media Centre Friday, November 24, 2017 Abstract It was ironical that the most evocative demonstration of freedom of the press in Indonesia since the draconian Suharto era two decades ago was also […]

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Police brutally attack Papuan journalist in Timika, says human rights group

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Journalists, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Police, Politics, Reports, Security, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua Media  /  Comments Off on Police brutally attack Papuan journalist in Timika, says human rights group

Journalist Saldi Hermanto … attacked for making social media criticisms of police conduct in Timika, Papua. Image: Tabloid Jubi Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has condemned a brutal attack against journalist Saldi Hermanto in Timika, Papua, and called for a campaign of letter protests. Hermanto was attacked by the police […]

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IFJ blasts ‘press freedom attack’ on Iranian-Kurdish journalist in PNG

By   /  November 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, arrests, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Detention, Detention Centres, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Global, Human Rights, Journalist safety, Journalists, Manus Island, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on IFJ blasts ‘press freedom attack’ on Iranian-Kurdish journalist in PNG

Two PNG police officers led away Behrouz Boochani in handcuffs on Manus Island earlier today. Image: Aziz58825713/Twitter Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) in condemning the reported arrest of Iranian-Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani by Papua New Guinea police earlier today. The IFJ […]

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Philippines under Duterte – acute impunity and fettered information

By   /  November 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Ampatuan massacre, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Crime, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Extrajudicial killings, Featured, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Maguindanao massacre, Massacres, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, Security  /  Comments Off on Philippines under Duterte – acute impunity and fettered information

Eight years later, families of the 58 people massacred in Maguindanao – including 32 journalists – continue to wait for justice. Image: UCANews ANALYSIS: By Malou Mangahas in Manila Eight years ago on 23 November 2009, 32 journalists were among the 58 who were killed in what is now known as the Maguindanao Massacre, until […]

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HRW condemns failure to end abusive ‘virginity tests’ in Indonesia

By   /  November 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, General Gatot Nurmantyo, Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Indonesia, Indonesian military, Joko Widodo, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Virginity, Virginity testing  /  Comments Off on HRW condemns failure to end abusive ‘virginity tests’ in Indonesia

Women members of the Indonesian Air Force parade during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force at Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in Jakarta, last year. Image: Human Rights Watch/Reuters Human Rights Watch Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should order Indonesia’s police chief and armed forces commander to immediately ban so-called “virginity tests” of female […]

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‘Embalming’ hampers autopsy finding in death of PNG journalist

By   /  November 22, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Coroner, domestic violence, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gender violence, Human Rights, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Newspapers, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Post-Courier, Politics, Post-Courier, Reports, violence  /  Comments Off on ‘Embalming’ hampers autopsy finding in death of PNG journalist

By Staycey Yalo in Port Moresby The final autopsy report on Post-Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, handed to the Papua New Guinean Coroner’s Court last week, has an “undetermined death” finding. PNG journalist Rosalyn Evara (left) on assignment. Image: EMTV News Chief Pathologist Dr Seth Fose conducted the full autopsy and compiled the report, saying […]

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PMC to put spotlight on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APAC OSI, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Fisheries, Forests, Human Rights, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, UST Journalism  /  Comments Off on PMC to put spotlight on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’

The Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology is highlighting the threats to media freedom in the Asia-Pacific region in an event next week marking its 10th anniversary. The Philippines is the country with the largest single massacre of journalists – 32 on the island of Mindanao in 2009, where a three-month urban siege […]

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NZ urgently needs to take more Rohingya refugees

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asylum Seekers, Brunei, Culture, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Human rights violations, Killings, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Muslim, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports, Rohingya  /  Comments Off on NZ urgently needs to take more Rohingya refugees

Protests against the Rohingya “genocide” have spread globally. With more than 1 million Ronhinga refugees in Bangladash, the authors argue that New Zealand needs to act now and take in more. Image: Clickittefaq OPINION: By Sharon Harvey and Sorowar Chowdhury The plight of the Rohingya people has hit the international headlines again. Following the August […]

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PMC focuses on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’ for 10th birthday event

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Education, Media, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Press Release, Tertiary Education  /  Comments Off on PMC focuses on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’ for 10th birthday event

Source: Pacific Media Centre Headline: PMC focuses on Asia-Pacific ‘journalism under duress’ for 10th birthday event – Analysis published with permission of PMC Pacific Media Centre Monday, November 20, 2017 The Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology is highlighting the threats to media freedom in the Asia-Pacific region in an event next week […]

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Chris Trotter: Catastrophic loss of trust over Canberra’s Manus provocation

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Detention Centres, Disinformation, Evening Report, Fake news, Human Rights, Indigenous, Manus Island, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Peter Dutton, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on Chris Trotter: Catastrophic loss of trust over Canberra’s Manus provocation

OPINION: By Chris Trotter You have to go a long way to find anything remotely resembling Australia’s current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort […]

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Indonesian president recognises land rights of nine more indigenous groups

By   /  November 19, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Development, Evening Report, Forests, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indigenous forests, Indigenous rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian president recognises land rights of nine more indigenous groups

ANALYSIS: By Basten Gokkon in Jakarta The Indonesian government has relinquished control over nine tracts of forest to the indigenous communities that have lived there for generations, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced at a recent conference on land tenure in Jakarta. The move follows the government’s recognition last December of nine other communities’ rights to […]

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Strong leadership needed to drive COP Pacific climate goals, says Greenpeace

By   /  November 19, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, COP23, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific climate, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Real climate action, Reports, Talanoa, UNICEF  /  Comments Off on Strong leadership needed to drive COP Pacific climate goals, says Greenpeace

“Together, we must take action to protect our world” – Shalvi Shakshi’s inspirational climate story. Video: UNICEF Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Greenpeace has called for climate leadership to emerge from the Pacific COP, saying leaders must listen to the need for urgency and transform their energy and land-use systems. The Trump administration failed to stop […]

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Tiny Timbulsloko fights back in face of Indonesia’s ‘ecological disaster’

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Relocation, Climate research, Development, drones, Environment, Environmental activism, Environmental Journalism, Evening Report, farmers, Featured, Fishermen, Flooding, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, natural disasters, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Semarang, Timbulsloko, Urban Planning  /  Comments Off on Tiny Timbulsloko fights back in face of Indonesia’s ‘ecological disaster’

Drone views of the village of Timbulsloko showing the scale of coastal erosion and sinking flatlands in an area that once used to to be rice fields on the edge of the Central Java city of Semarang. Mangroves are being rapidly re-established. Drone footage source: CoREM. Video: David Robie’s Café Pacific By David Robie in […]

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Women must be at centre of global climate solutions, says Fiji minister

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Climate gender, COP23, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Gender, Gender empowerment, Global Warming, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on Women must be at centre of global climate solutions, says Fiji minister

Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa … “important to emphasise the traditional roles and functions women in the Pacific play”. Image: Mereoni Mili/Wansolwara By Mereoni Mili in Bonn, Germany It is important that women and girls remain in the centre of climate solutions. These were the words of Fiji’s Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa […]

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Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, King Tupou VI, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Privy Council, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Pōhiva rejects ‘secret agenda’ claims that he wanted to seize royal power

‘Akilisi Pōhiva speaking to hundreds of his constituents at a meeting in Kolomotu’a on Tuesday. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva told his supporters that if he had really wanted to take away people’s land and the royal powers he would have made himself Minister […]

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PMC’s David Robie chalks up many kms, experiences in WCP research programme

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Education, Media, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Press Release, Tertiary Education  /  Comments Off on PMC’s David Robie chalks up many kms, experiences in WCP research programme

Source: Pacific Media Centre Headline: PMC’s David Robie chalks up many kms, experiences in WCP research programme – Analysis published with permission of PMC AUT’s Pacific Media Centre director Dr David Robie jetted into Yogyakarta earlier this month on a hectic Indonesian World Class Professor (WCP) programme that swept him across three cities and many […]

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Renewed Papuan independence call amid alleged ‘hostage’ standoff

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Colonialism, Decolonisation, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Free West Papua, Hostages, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Mimika, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Reports, Security, Self Determination, Surveillance, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Renewed Papuan independence call amid alleged ‘hostage’ standoff

West Papuan protesters for independence in Jakarta this week. Image CNN Indonesia By Lalu Rahadian in Jakarta Conflicts in Papua province will not be resolved until the Indonesian government provides the Papuan people with an opportunity to determine their future through an international forum, says a leading advocate. Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) […]

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Migration expert calls for immediate climate action over displaced millions

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Climate Change Relocation, Climate Refugees, COP23, Democracy Now!, Environment, Evening Report, Fiji, Global, Human Rights, Kiribati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Samoa, Security, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on Migration expert calls for immediate climate action over displaced millions

Researchers in Bonn warn Pacific Islanders may be among the first to be forced to migrate due to climate change, as sea level rise threatens to make whole islands uninhabitable. Video: Democracy Now! At least 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather as a result of climate change. “If we act now in terms […]

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Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

By   /  November 17, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Tongan Democrat landslide delivers numbers for Pohiva government

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … boosted by stronger Democratic vote than in 2014. Image: Kaniva News By Philip Cass of Kaniva News Tonga’s Democrats have won 14 seats today in the snap election in the only Pacific kingdom, giving them enough seats in Parliament to form the next government without needing the support of independents. […]

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Lord Vaha’i wins in coin toss as Democrats lead early poll results

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  'Akilisi Pohiva, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Tongan democracy movement, Tongan elections  /  Comments Off on Lord Vaha’i wins in coin toss as Democrats lead early poll results

Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … early lead for him and the Democrats. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Kalino Lātū, editor of Kaniva News A coin toss was used to decide whether Lord Vaea or Lord Vaha’i today won the third seat of members of the nobility to Parliament in the kingdom of Tonga’s snap […]

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