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40 luxury Maseratis for PNG, but little effort put into climate change

By   /  October 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Climate, Climate Action, Climate change resilience, Coal-fired plants, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, KB, KB, Maserati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on 40 luxury Maseratis for PNG, but little effort put into climate change

Papua New Guinea has shown unwavering commitment to next month’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit with its controversial purchase of 40 Maserati luxury sedans. While preparations for APEC take priority, climate change plans are in crisis, reports Pauline Mago-King of Asia-Pacific Journalism. Early in March, Papua New Guinea began its chairmanship of next month’s Asia Pacific […]

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PNG government faces mounting pressure over Maseratis splurge

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Business, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Global, KB, KB, Maserati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Sri Lanka, Transport  /  Comments Off on PNG government faces mounting pressure over Maseratis splurge

One of the 40 Maseratis imported by Papua New Guinea for APEC 2018 … threatened two-day strike looms. Image: EMTV News By Johnny Blades of RNZ Pacific Papua New Guinea’s government is under mounting pressure to account for a purchase of 40 luxury vehicles for next month’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the […]

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O’Neill replies on Maseratis, shuns ‘racist’ critic as opponents call strike

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Global, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Public tender, racism, Reports, Socio-Economics, State vehicles, Strikes, Transport, vietnam  /  Comments Off on O’Neill replies on Maseratis, shuns ‘racist’ critic as opponents call strike

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Papua New Guinean government will not spend any money on the purchase of 40 Maserati luxury sedans to be used to ferry APEC world leaders next month. Video: EMTV News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says all 40 Maserati executive vehicles being delivered to Papua New […]

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Paga Hill iconic human rights film banned from PNG festival

By   /  October 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, DJF, Documentaries, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Human rights defenders, Human rights journalism, Indigenous, Justice, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG media, PNG Supreme Court, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on Paga Hill iconic human rights film banned from PNG festival

A Frontline Insight item about Joe Moses and the Paga Hill struggle for justice in Papua New Guinea. Video: Reuters Foundation Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk An internationally acclaimed investigative documentary about Paga Hill community’s fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby has […]

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Media prize a ‘defeat’ for Australian refugee censorship, says author

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Behrouz Boochani, Detention Centres, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Investigative journalism, Justice, KB, Manus Island, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru detention centre, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugee Crisis, Refugees, Reports, RNZ Pacific  /  Comments Off on Media prize a ‘defeat’ for Australian refugee censorship, says author

Behrouz Boochani … Australian government used “systematic censorship” to control refugee information. Image: Hoda Afshar/Behrouz Boochani/RNZ Pacific By RNZ Pacific A refugee journalist detained on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island says winning an Italian award for investigative journalism could end censorship of offshore detention in the Australian media. Behrouz Boochani, who has made a documentary […]

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Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West Papua

By   /  October 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PIF, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West Papua

Vanuatu says New Zealand should get on the right side of history and support West Papuan self-determination. However, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Indonesian diplomacy with its Pacific allies Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are defiantly undermining Pacific “solidarity” on the issue. Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu has called on New Zealand […]

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Air Niugini plane overshoots runway into Chuuk lagoon – all 47 safe

By   /  September 28, 2018  /  24/7 News, Air crashes, Air safety, Air Travel, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Aviation, Evening Report, Featured, Federated States of Micronesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Security  /  Comments Off on Air Niugini plane overshoots runway into Chuuk lagoon – all 47 safe

By RNZ Pacific An Air Niugini plane which landed in a Micronesian lagoon apparently overshot the runway on landing. The Boeing 737-800 was scheduled to stop in Chuuk on its way from Pohnpei to Port Moresby. All 47 people on board are reported to be safe by the national police. LATEST UPDATES AT RNZ PACIFIC […]

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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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Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Health and Fitness, Health Policy, Japan, Malaysia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Islands health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, WHO, World Health Organisation  /  Comments Off on Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a New Zealander of Niuean descent and proposed by New Zealand, was given resounding support for his nomination from Pacific countries. Image: AUT The Western Pacific post for the World Health Organisation is a vitally important role for the region. However, reports Sri Krishnamurthi for Asia Pacific Journalism, the earlier unity over […]

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How PNG brought back polio and the key lessons learned

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Islands health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Polio, Reports, RNZ Pacific, World Health Organisation  /  Comments Off on How PNG brought back polio and the key lessons learned

By Jamie Tahana, RNZ Pacific journalist When Max Manape received the confirmation in Papua New Guinea his heart sank. A 22-month-old girl had been diagnosed with polio. She was paralysed. A few days later, another confirmation came. A two-year-old boy had been taken to a clinic with weakness in his legs. Workers sent away for […]

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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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Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, says Moses

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville independence, Bougainville referendum, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, says Moses

“No amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people – especially after the loss of over 15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville War.” Image: PNG Post-Courier By Patrick Makis The people of Bougainville will only accept independence from Papua New Guinea and nothing else, says concerned Bougainvillean and independence hardliner Gabriel Moses. And […]

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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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NZ offer still open for taking 150 refugees, says PM Ardern

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, children, Detention, Detention Centres, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on NZ offer still open for taking 150 refugees, says PM Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talking to the media at Auckland University of Technology yesterday. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC By Rahul Bhattarai in Auckland New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reaffirmed her country’s offer to take 150 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island shortly before she attends the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit next week. New […]

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Torokina – a cryptocurrency with a dream to ‘rescue’ Papua New Guinea

By   /  August 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Business, Cryptocurrencies, Development, Digital commerce, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Torokina  /  Comments Off on Torokina – a cryptocurrency with a dream to ‘rescue’ Papua New Guinea

Cryptocurrencies are a controversial phenomenon that have risen from a technical experiment, with zero monetary value, to an industry with a combined market capitalisation of US$225 billion – after shedding more than $30 billion this week. Their future is uncertain, with analysts ranging from enthusiasts to sceptics, but James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism profiles […]

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PNG Facebook ban threat casts shadow over Pacific media freedom

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Facebook, freedom of expression, Freedom of Information, Freedom of speech, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Social Media  /  Comments Off on PNG Facebook ban threat casts shadow over Pacific media freedom

Papua New Guinea threatened to temporarily ban Facebook earlier this year. With the APEC conference looming in November, the question remains whether this was an attack on freedom of speech. Jessica Marshall of Asia-Pacific Journalism reports in a two-part series on the Pacific internet. In March, it was revealed that the data analytics firm Cambridge […]

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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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O’Neill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville autonomy, Bougainville Copper Limited, Bougainville mining, Bougainville war, Elections, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG elections, Reports, Rio Tinto, Sam Akoitai  /  Comments Off on O’Neill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter O’Neill government in Papua New […]

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Two people die, PNG police officer wounded in Madang clashes

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Beheading, Crime, Evening Report, Featured, Madang, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Police, Reports, scott waide, Security, violence  /  Comments Off on Two people die, PNG police officer wounded in Madang clashes

Papua New Guinean police at the scene of the violence near Madang yesterday. Image: Scott Waide/EMTV By Scott Waide in Madang Two people are dead and a Papua New Guinean policeman is in critical condition in hospital after being wounded in clashes yesterday near Madang town. The policeman, a senior constable, was trying to negotiate […]

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‘Girl Power’ wows Port Moresby with new anti-violence video ‘No More’

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, domestic violence, Evening Report, Gender, Girl Power, Innovation, Mereani Masani, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Music, Music industry, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Port Moresby, Reports, Women bands  /  Comments Off on ‘Girl Power’ wows Port Moresby with new anti-violence video ‘No More’

PNG’s “first ever” girl band makes debut appearance in Port Moresby. Video: EMTV News By Stacey Yalo in Port Moresby With hopes of empowering more women in the Papua New Guinea music industry, renowned female artist, Mereani Masani, introduced what was claimed to be “first ever” girl band to perform live in Port Moresby last […]

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