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USP journalism team drops in on creative industries at AUT

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Nius, Evening Report, Featured story, Fiji, Front page, Journalism Education, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Television  /  Comments Off on USP journalism team drops in on creative industries at AUT

Two University of the South Pacific journalism academics today met with creative industries staff at Auckland University of Technology to discuss plans to bolster collaboration and looked in on AUT’s impressive media facilities. USP’s journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh and colleague Eliki Drugunavelu are on an Asia-Pacific research trip to Auckland. They met with AUT’s […]

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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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Tonga’s communications blackout ‘a problem out of their control’

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Communications, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Internet, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Telecommunications, Tonga, Tonga Cable  /  Comments Off on Tonga’s communications blackout ‘a problem out of their control’

Internet shock … Tonga Communications Corporation. Image: Kalino Lātū/Kaniva News By Philip Cass and Kalino Latu Tonga’s abrupt communications blackout may last up to two weeks before the fibre optic submarine cable restores the internet and mobile connection with the world. Tonga Cable Director Paula Piveni Piukala told Kaniva News repairs could be done in […]

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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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Sacked head of Timor-Leste state broadcaster claims ‘political axe’

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, FifthEstate1, KB, KB, Lusa News, Media, Media censorship, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, RTTL, Television, Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste Radio and Television  /  Comments Off on Sacked head of Timor-Leste state broadcaster claims ‘political axe’

Ousted Timorese RTTL television chief fought hard to prevent political pressure on his journalists. Video: RTTLEP Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The former president of of Timor-Leste’s public television network says he has been sacked for political reasons. Gil da Costa was removed this month from the post of chairperson of the board of directors of […]

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Bangsamoro Islamic troops choose peace via historic Philippines vote

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bangsamoro, Bangsamoro Organic Law, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, FifthEstate1, Human Rights, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Mindanao, Muslim, Muslim separatists, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Rappler, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on Bangsamoro Islamic troops choose peace via historic Philippines vote

By Sofia Tomacruz in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao Battle-scarred they might be, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have faced their toughest campaign yet. Armed with nothing but a first-time vote, young troops from the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces prayed they would win the decades-old struggle for autonomy and independence through yesterday’s ballot. More than 150,000 former […]

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Fiji warns ‘selfish’ countries amid Paris Agreement climate rulebook deadlock

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, Climate change summit, COP24, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Paris Agreement, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Fiji warns ‘selfish’ countries amid Paris Agreement climate rulebook deadlock

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama … urging world leaders to summon the courage and political will to make the switch from dirty to clean energy. Image: Fiji Times Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Talks to draft the Paris Agreement rulebook remained deadlocked today on traditionally tough issues. Emerging economies – China, India, Brazil and South Africa […]

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Pacific ‘smart’ thinking grows creative tension between policy and research

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid policy, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate policy, DJF, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, KB, KB, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Oceans research, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Policy, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific research, PMC Reportage, Policy and research, Policy development, Reports, Research, Science-Technology, University of the South Pacific  /  Comments Off on Pacific ‘smart’ thinking grows creative tension between policy and research

ANALYSIS: By Professor Derrick Armstrong A traditional view of the tension between research and policy suggests that researchers are poor at communicating their research findings to policy-makers in clear and unambiguous ways. I am arguing that this is an outdated view of the relationship between research and policy. Science, including social science, and policy come […]

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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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Human rights watchdog calls for police probe into ‘unclear’ Papua killings

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Army engineers, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Indigenous, Indonesia, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, OPM, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Protests, Reports, Security, Self Determination, West Papua, West Papua National Liberation Army, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Human rights watchdog calls for police probe into ‘unclear’ Papua killings

Christmas spirit at a Human Rights Day rally in the Papuan capital of Jayapura this week. Image: Voice Westpapua Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group’s killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua’s densely forested Central Highlands earlier this month, […]

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Pacific voices tell stories of climate change reality in new documentary

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, COP24, DJF, Documentaries, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Pacific voices tell stories of climate change reality in new documentary

A new documentary Subject to Change, a collection of interviews and personal stories from across the Pacific, explores the impact of climate change. Video: MFAT Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Two young women students are the driving force who created a new documentary titled Subject to Change which highlights the climate change challenges faced by Pacific […]

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UN official defends West Papuan rights – free speech, peaceful assembly

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Global, Human Rights, Indonesia, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Morning Star, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, protest, Protests, Reports, UN News, United Nations, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on UN official defends West Papuan rights – free speech, peaceful assembly

UN’s OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani … “there are many West Papuan grievances, and we’ve seen this in many parts of the world where grievances are unaddressed, or there’s a suppression of dissent.” Image: UN interview screenshot Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk West Papuan rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly have been defended by the […]

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Labour rally in Jakarta, Fiji march highlight global human rights issues

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-corruption, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, CNN Indonesia, Corruption, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Global, Human Rights, Human Rights Day, Indonesia, Justice, KB, KB, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Labour rally in Jakarta, Fiji march highlight global human rights issues

How UN agencies strive to put human rights at the centre of their work. Video: UN Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Hundreds of workers from the Confederation of United Indonesian Workers (KPBI) held a protest march at the weekend in the capital of Jakarta and Fiji’s Coalition on Human Rights staged a march today to commemorate […]

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Nations close ranks to stop ‘big four’ oil producers watering down UN report

By   /  December 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Home News, COP24, DJF, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Global Warming, KB, KB, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Oil industry, Oil producers, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, UNFCCC, United Nations  /  Comments Off on Nations close ranks to stop ‘big four’ oil producers watering down UN report

By Sara Stefanini and Karl Mathiesen in Katowice, Poland In a moment of drama in Poland, countries have closed ranks against a push by oil producers to water down recognition of the UN’s report on the impacts of 1.5C warming. Four big oil and gas producers blocked the UN climate talks from welcoming the most […]

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Widodo wants security forces to guard all development projects in Papua

By   /  December 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, KB, KB, Killings, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua protest, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Widodo wants security forces to guard all development projects in Papua

Sixteen bodies have been retrieved from the killings of workers on a Papuan infrastructure project claimed by pro-independence militants to be Indonesian soldiers. Image: Hark Arena By Ray Jordan in Lampung, Indonesia President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo insists that work on the Trans-Papua road project will continue despite this week’s shooting of construction workers in the […]

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Indonesian police arrest more than 500 over West Papua flag demos

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Morning Star, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Surabaya, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papuan flag, West Papuan independence, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Indonesian police arrest more than 500 over West Papua flag demos

Hundreds of Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) in march in Surabaya to commemorate December 1, a day they consider to be West Papua liberation day, on Saturday. Image: Wahyoe Boediwardhana/jakarta Post By Arnold Belau in Jayapura and Wahyoe Boediwardhana in Surabaya More than 500 Papuans in several cities across Indonesia and West Papua were arrested following […]

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PNG’s post-APEC technology dream leaves rural sector far behind

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APEC Haus, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Development policy, DJF, Evening Report, Human Rights, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on PNG’s post-APEC technology dream leaves rural sector far behind

By Pauline Mago-King It has only been two weeks since the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, yet much has transpired – to the dismay of host country Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea’s trajectory to this monumental event has been one involving great strides from the moment it secured the bid to […]

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West Papuan ‘independence day’ – nationalist thugs attack rally in Surabaya

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Act of Free Choice, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, David Robie, DJF, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, independence, KB, KB, Lead, melanesian solidarity, MIL NZ OSI, Morning Star, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, referendum, West Papua, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on West Papuan ‘independence day’ – nationalist thugs attack rally in Surabaya

Report by Dr David Robie – Café Pacific. – A bloodied Papuan student attacked during yesterday’s December 1 Free West Papua rallyin Surabaya, Indonesia. Image: Human rights sources From the Pacific Media Centre By Tony Firman of Tirto in Surabaya A protest action by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in Indonesia’s East Java provincial capital […]

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Surabaya counterprotest, 300 arrested in West Papua flag demonstrations

By   /  December 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Free West Papua, Free West Papua Campaign, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua National Committee, West Papua protest, West Papua self-determination  /  Comments Off on Surabaya counterprotest, 300 arrested in West Papua flag demonstrations

An unnamed Papuan student beaten during the December 1 West Papuan flag demonstration in Surabaya, Indonesia. Human rights sources report more than 300 arrests by Indonesian authorities. Image: Humam rights sources Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Hundreds of Papuan students faced off with counterprotesters in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya today in a rally calling […]

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