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Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

By   /  April 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Corruption, Crime, Digital challenges, Digital data, Evening Report, Identity, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

Former Speaker Setya Novanto (left) attending a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court. Image: Dhoni Setiawan/Jakarta Post By Kharishar Kahfi in Jakarta The Jakarta Corruption Court judges today sentenced former House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of graft. Reading out the court’s verdict, presiding judge Yanto […]

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Philippine soldiers harass mission probing rights abuses in Mindanao

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Fact-finding, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indigenous rights, Justice, Lumad, lumads, Marawi City, Martial Law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military occupation, Mindanao, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, save our schools, Security  /  Comments Off on Philippine soldiers harass mission probing rights abuses in Mindanao

Soldiers stop a human rights mission delegates in Northern Mindanao stopped in a checkpoint yesterday. Image: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas By Ronalyn V. Olea in Manila   Philippine state security forces have repeatedly blocked members of a fact-finding mission investigating human rights violations against peasant farmers and indigenous Lumads in Mindanao. Since their arrival at […]

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Manila brands volunteer teachers as ‘terrorists’, say Lumad advocates

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indigenous forests, Indigenous rights, lumads, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Militants, mining, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, save our schools, schools  /  Comments Off on Manila brands volunteer teachers as ‘terrorists’, say Lumad advocates

By Jean Bell in Auckland Volunteer teachers are being wrongly labelled as “terrorists” by the Philippine government while paramilitary and mining activity increases in the country, say visiting indigenous Lumad education advocates. Fritizi Junance Magbanua, a volunteer teacher and administrator with the Save Our Schools network, says teachers, schools and communities of indigenous peoples are being […]

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Indonesian state governor Nur Alam jailed for 12 years over eco-bribery

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bribery, Corruption, Environment, Environmental destruction, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Nickel mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian state governor Nur Alam jailed for 12 years over eco-bribery

Suspended Southeast Sulawesi governor Nur Alam … jail sentence for bribery connected to mining licences. Image: Kurnia Sari Aziza/Kompas.com/Jakarta Post By Moses Ompusunggu in Jakarta Indonesia’s Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Southeast Sulawesi governor Nur Alam to 12 years in prison in a case linked to several mining licences that led to environmental destruction […]

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How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Democracy, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Media, Media censorship, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, state surveillance, Surveillance  /  Comments Off on How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

BRIEFING: Special report by Jodesz Gavilan and Sofia Tomacruz in Manila Human rights activists say that the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen’s right to privacy. If left unchecked, it can lead to ‘far worse attacks.’ Human rights groups say the administrations of […]

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Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Contempt of Parliament, Criticism, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of speech, Human Rights, Indonesia, Justice, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

Members of the Indonesia Catholic Students Association (PMKRI) place a freedom of speech coffin in front of the Parliament building during a protest in Manila last week. Image: Gun Halilintar/PMKRI By Ryan Dagur in Jakarta A wave of protests has swept Indonesia in recent days after legislation criminalising criticism of lawmakers took effect last week. […]

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Mackenzie Smith: Indonesia’s Pacific neglect highlights NZ media problem

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Decolonisation, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, Independent media, Indonesia, Mainstream media, Measles, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papuan health  /  Comments Off on Mackenzie Smith: Indonesia’s Pacific neglect highlights NZ media problem

President Joko Widodo ordered military and medical teams to several locations across the vast Papua region to treat the sick and undertake a mass immunisation campaign during the measles outbreak. Image: Medical Xpress OPINION: Mackenzie Smith reviews two months living in Indonesia as a journalist. In Indonesia, I expected to broaden my understanding and realisation […]

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Another Suharto makes push to launch Indonesian politics career

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Berkarya Party, Evening Report, Featured, Golkar, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Suharto  /  Comments Off on Another Suharto makes push to launch Indonesian politics career

The youngest son of former Indonesian president Suharto, Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra (centre), attending the opening of the Berkarya (Working) Party national meeting where he was voted chairman in Solo, Central Java, earlier this month. Image: Jakarta Post/Antara By Ed Davies and Agustinus Beo Da Costa in Jakarta The youngest son of former Indonesian president […]

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ICC withdrawal ‘a principled stand’, claims Philippines’ Foreign Secretary

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Crime, Evening Report, Extrajudicial killings, Featured, Human Rights, International Criminal Court, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on ICC withdrawal ‘a principled stand’, claims Philippines’ Foreign Secretary

By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano claims the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court is “a principled stand” as nongovernmental organisations and politicians supposedly use human rights for political ends. “The political NGOs and the politicians have taken over human rights,” Cayetano has told GMA News anchor […]

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RSF calls on Philippine state to ‘stop hounding’ Rappler in ‘laughable’ move

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, Lawsuit, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Press Freedom, Rappler, Reports, Taxation, United Nations  /  Comments Off on RSF calls on Philippine state to ‘stop hounding’ Rappler in ‘laughable’ move

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Philippine authorities to stop hounding Rappler, after officials confirmed that a previously dismissed defamation action against the independent news website had been revived and last week brought a tax evasion complaint against the site. “All this would be laughable if the site’s survival […]

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Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab over fundamentalism fears

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Education, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gulf States, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Moderate Islam, Niqab, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Radical Islam, Religion, Religious tolerance, Reports, Saudi Arabia, Universities, Yogyakarta  /  Comments Off on Indonesian universities ‘ban’ niqab over fundamentalism fears

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk A pair of Indonesian Islamic universities are pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils – with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance – as concerns grow over rising fundamentalism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, reports Rappler Indonesia. Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University said it had issued the edict this week […]

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Rainbow Warrior takes on fresh eco mission to Papua, Indonesia

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Environment, Environmental activism, Evening Report, Featured, Fisheries, Forests, France, Global, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Jakarta, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, rainbow warrior, Rainforests, Reports, Secret agents, Underwater, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Rainbow Warrior takes on fresh eco mission to Papua, Indonesia

By Astari Pinasthika Sarosa in Jakarta The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is sailing throughout Indonesia – including West Papua – as a vehicle for environmental campaigns. Rainbow Warrior has often sailed to remote areas to directly see the environmental issues in the region and immediately act against its destruction. Recently in the Philippines, this is […]

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Step up efforts to support Indonesian women’s rights plea to Jakarta

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gender empowerment, Gender security, Gender violence, Human Rights, Indonesia, Injustice, Justice, Legal issues, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Social justice  /  Comments Off on Step up efforts to support Indonesian women’s rights plea to Jakarta

By Sheany in Jakarta The National Commission on Violence Against Women, or Komnas Perempuan, has called on the government to do more to protect women’s rights, particularly by enacting a long-overdue bill on the elimination of sexual violence. The commission also said that current response to and handling of cases of violence against women in […]

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Indonesian protesters call for end to violence against women in Yogya

By   /  March 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gender empowerment, Gender violence, Human Rights, Indonesia, International Women's Day, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian protesters call for end to violence against women in Yogya

By Rizki Halim in Yogyakarta Dozens of women held a rally at the Zero Kilometre point in Indonesia’s Central Java city of Yogyakarta to commemorate International Women’s Day yesterday. Taking up the spirit of feminism, the women, who came from a number of different groups, took up issues related to gender equality in Indonesia. Action […]

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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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Philippine bishops call for vigilance amid ‘creeping dictatorship’

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Bishops, Civil Society, Culture, Democracy, dictatorship, EDSA, Evening Report, Featured, Ferdinand Marcos, freedom of expression, Human Rights, Indigenous, Innovation, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, People Power, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Religion, Reports  /  Comments Off on Philippine bishops call for vigilance amid ‘creeping dictatorship’

By Paterno Esmaquel II in Manila Bishops have called for vigilance in the face of a “creeping dictatorship,” as the Philippines marked the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution yesterday – February 25. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said Filipinos should “celebrate” and also “guard” the gift of democracy, which Filipinos gained after […]

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KontraS demands Indonesian police investigate death of terror suspect

By   /  February 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-terror laws, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Death, Densus88, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, Special forces, Terrorism  /  Comments Off on KontraS demands Indonesian police investigate death of terror suspect

By Riani Sanusi Putri in Jakarta Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has demanded police investigate the cause of death of terrorist suspect Muhammad Jefri in Indramayu. This is deemed important since the information about his death is unclear and appears to involve a violation of law. “The case of Muhamad […]

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Accidents expose lax safety hitting Indonesia’s infrastructure projects

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Accidents, Airport train, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Development, Economics, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, Infrastructure, Joko Widodo, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Socio-Economics, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Technology, Waskita Karya  /  Comments Off on Accidents expose lax safety hitting Indonesia’s infrastructure projects

By Sarah Yuniarni in Jakarta A recent string of accidents in major construction projects in Indonesia has raised concerns of lax safety standards as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo pushes on with his ambitious infrastructure drive. Last week, a retaining wall at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta collapsed and crushed a passing car, killing one man […]

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RSF condemns new gagging threats to outspoken Philippine media outlets

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Catholic Media Network, Censorship, Cyber-censorship, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Global, hacking, Human Rights, Justice, Kodao Productions, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, United Nations  /  Comments Off on RSF condemns new gagging threats to outspoken Philippine media outlets

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is now organising regular “Black Friday” demonstrations in support of media outlets that have been the victims of government hostility. Image: RSF Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Kodao Productions, a Philippine alternative news website, is still down after being the target of a cyber-attack six days ago […]

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The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ protest over Iran’s compulsory hijab laws

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Enghelab Street, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Global Voices, hijab, Human Rights, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Protests, Reports, Revolution Street, Security, theocracy  /  Comments Off on The ‘Girls of Revolution Street’ protest over Iran’s compulsory hijab laws

Women in hijab protest on Monday in Tehran on Monday. Images: Mashup of #دختران_خیابان_انقلاب from Omid Memarian’s Twitter post. By Mahsa Alimardani of Global Voices A spate of defiant Iranian women have taken to the streets of Tehran to protest against compulsory veiling. Photos of their demonstrations have been widely circulated online under the hashtag […]

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