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Couple remanded in big Vanuatu human trafficking, slavery case

By   /  November 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bangladesh, Bondage, Crime, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Human trafficking, Illegal migrants, Justice, KB, KB, Labour, Mauritius, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Police, Politics, Reports, Security, Slavery, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Couple remanded in big Vanuatu human trafficking, slavery case

By Richard M. Nanua and Royson Willie in Port Vila Vanuatu’s Magistrates Court has remanded a Bangladeshi couple over what is alleged to be the biggest human trafficking and slavery case in Vanuatu and the region. Sekdah Somon and Buxoo Nabilah Bibi – the owners of the “Mr Price” home and furniture store in Vanuatu […]

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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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Vanuatu student journalist launches first poetry collection and aims higher

By   /  October 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Arts & Sports, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Culture, DJF, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, journalism, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, poetry, Publishing, Reports, University of the South Pacific, USP, Vanuatu, Youth  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu student journalist launches first poetry collection and aims higher

Telstar Jimmy with her poetry book Journey of Truth at USP’s Laucala campus in Suva … now keen to help others publish. Image: Harrison Selmen/Vanuatu Daily Post By Harrison Selmen in Suva, Fiji Vanuatu student journalist Telstar Jimmy launched her first poetry book in Fiji last week and vows bigger plans ahead to to help […]

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Vanuatu Daily Post … latest news hot off the free press

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Free press, KB, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Newspapers, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Printing, Publishing, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu Daily Post … latest news hot off the free press

“How your newspaper gets to you” … Vanuatu Daily Press press rolling with the day’s news. Video: VDP Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Vanuatu Daily Post, only daily newspaper in Vanuatu, and a leading champion of a free press in the South Pacific, has posted a video of its printing press in action in Port […]

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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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Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papuan independence, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

West Papua has been sidestepped by both the the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum. But, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Vanuatu is undeterred as leading champion for the West Papuan cause and is pressing for United Nations support. After the failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to move on the […]

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Pacific Forum backs ‘constructive engagement’ over West Papua

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Vanuatu, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Pacific Forum backs ‘constructive engagement’ over West Papua

Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu … support for West Papua at Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru encouraging. Image: PIFS By Royson Willie in Port Vila The Pacific Islands Forum has supported “constructive engagement” with Indonesia over “elections and human rights” at this week’s leaders summit in Nauru. Just before the final communique was released by […]

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Climate change tops action at Forum in spite of Canberra’s resistance

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Labour, Labour mobility, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru human rights, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Climate change tops action at Forum in spite of Canberra’s resistance

Nauru … host nation of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit. Image: John Pulu/Tagata Pasifika Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Climate change, labour mobility and West Papua are some of the issues that Vanuatu played a key part in discussions during this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit meeting in Nauru. Foreign Affairs Minister Ralph […]

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Dan McGarry: Fighting for media freedom and truth in the Pacific

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, China, Evening Report, Featured, Justice, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific journalism, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Peace Ark, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Dan McGarry: Fighting for media freedom and truth in the Pacific

When the host country Nauru banned the pool broadcaster, ABC, from the Pacific Islands summit set for next month, it was condemned widely for an attack on freedom on the media. Lee Duffield recently paid a visit to Dan McGarry, media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead, declaring his outlet would […]

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Facebook still censors West Papua photo – ‘nudity’ or politics?

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, ben bohane, Censorship, Cyber-censorship, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Facebook, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Photojournalism, PMC Reportage, Reports, The Black Islands, Vanuatu, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Facebook still censors West Papua photo – ‘nudity’ or politics?

The Facebook “censored” Ben Bohane image after a “facelift” by the Vanuatu Daily Post. Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Facebook has censored a West Papuan image by a Vanuatu-based photojournalist for the second time in less than four days – this time “within one minute” after the photograph was posted. Port Vila resident Ben Bohane has […]

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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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Chinese ‘baseless rumour’, Nauru ‘justice’ for refugees and Fiji diabetes

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, 95bfm, Analysis-Reportage, David Robie, diabetes, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Health, Injustice, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, Military, Nauru, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Radio, Southern Cross, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Chinese ‘baseless rumour’, Nauru ‘justice’ for refugees and Fiji diabetes

Report by Dr David Robie – Café Pacific.David Robie talks on 95bFM about current Pacific issues Reuben McLaren of 95bFM talks to Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology, on the centre’s Southern Cross radio programme. David speaks about various upheavals around the Pacific, including the alleged Chinese […]

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Vanuatu pressing ahead with Ambae volcano island evacuation plan

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Ambae, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disasters, Environment, Eruption, Evacuation, Evening Report, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Relocation, Reports, Vanuatu, Volcano, Volcanoes  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu pressing ahead with Ambae volcano island evacuation plan

A file photo of the last Ambae evacuation in September 2017. Image: Vanuatu Daily Post By Len Garae in Port Vila Vanuatu is still pressing ahead with its plan to evacuate Ambae island for the second time in six months in the face of rumbling and ash-spewing from Mt Lombenden volcano. A government delegation comprising […]

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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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PMC’s radio show features Chinese ‘base’ claim, justice and diabetes

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, diabetes, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military bases, Multimedia, Nauru, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Radio, Radio 95bFM, Refugees, Reports, Southern Cross, Vanuatu, Wansolwara  /  Comments Off on PMC’s radio show features Chinese ‘base’ claim, justice and diabetes

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie blasted some of the global coverage of the alleged Chinese military base plans for Vanuatu, describing it as speculative and “scaremongering”. He praised the Vanuatu Daily Post for giving the other side of the story and media director Dan McGarry for his in-depth “baseless […]

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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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Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu win medals at Games

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Commonwealth Games, Cook Islands, Evening Report, Featured, Indigenous, Javelin, Lawn bowls, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Olympics, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Solomon Islands, Sports, Vanuatu, Weightlifting, Women's sport  /  Comments Off on Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu win medals at Games

Celebrating Pacific successes at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Image: SBS By Stefan Armbruster of SBS News Three countries that have never won a medal in Commonwealth Games history are celebrating after bagging bronze in weightlifting, javelin and lawn bowls competitions on the Gold Coast. A quarter of the 71 teams entered the […]

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Prince of Wales meets kastom – a royal Vanuatu day to remember

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Chief Viraleo, Culture, Evening Report, Indigenous, kastom, Malvatumaturi, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nakamal, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Prince Charles, Reports, Royalties, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Prince of Wales meets kastom – a royal Vanuatu day to remember

By Dan McGarry in Port Vila Meet Mal Menaringmanu, known to many as HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. During his brief visit to Vanuatu on Saturday, Prince Charles was greeted by one of the most lavish displays of kastom seen on these shores, arguably since his mother Queen Elizabeth visited on the royal yacht in […]

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Vanuatu Daily Post editor wins top award for leadership among women

By   /  March 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Awards, Evening Report, Freedom of Information, Gender, Hanson Mataskelekele Award, Human Rights, Jane Joshua, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post, Women leaders  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu Daily Post editor wins top award for leadership among women

Vanuatu Daily Post editor Jane Joshua … winner of this year’s Hanson Mataskelekele award for leadership among women. Image: Dan McGarry/Vanuatu Daily Post Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Vanuatu Daily Post editor Jane Joshua, a journalist who has set new standards for social justice and human rights reporting in her country, has been awarded the Hanson […]

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Australian lawyer accused of ‘bullying’ in Vanuatu court clash with journalists

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Magistrates Court, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Australian lawyer accused of ‘bullying’ in Vanuatu court clash with journalists

Australian-born lawyer Dane Thornburgh (hands on hips) outside the Magistrates Court with VBTC reporter Richard Nanua during the confrontation in Port Vila. Image: Vanuatu Daily Post Vanuatu Daily Post in Port Vila Australian-born lawyer Dane Thornburgh, who has offices in Vanuatu and Australia, employed bullying tactics yesterday morning in a tense confrontation with local journalists. […]

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