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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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Philippine mining company wins Bougainville search licence

By   /  February 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville Copper Limited, Bougainville independence, Business, copper mining, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, SR Metals Inc  /  Comments Off on Philippine mining company wins Bougainville search licence

By Franklin Kolma The Autonomous Bougainville Government has granted its second mining exploration licence to a Philippine company in a low-key event at Tunania, the seaside home of Bougainville crisis commander of rebel forces Sam Kauona. The event was set against the sombre double backdrop of the bloody crisis which had begun as a protest […]

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A timely climate media strategy to empower citizens

By   /  February 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate crisis, Climate Journalism, Climate research, Development, Editor's Picks, Environment, Environmental Journalism, Evening Report, Forests, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Reviews  /  Comments Off on A timely climate media strategy to empower citizens

BOOKS: By David Robie, editor of Pacific Journalism Review At the time of reviewing this important and timely book, Hurricane Irma had just ripped a trail of unprecedented destruction from Antigua, Barbuda and Saint Barthélemy in the eastern Caribbean to Florida with at least 81 deaths. Florida involved one of the largest mass evacuations in […]

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Michael Powles: ‘Recolonising’ the Pacific would stir security backlash

By   /  January 30, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Climate, Cook Islands, Defence, Development, Economics, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Foreign Policy, Global, Indigenous, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Policy, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Palau-Belau, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Samoa, Security, Tuvalu  /  Comments Off on Michael Powles: ‘Recolonising’ the Pacific would stir security backlash

Australian Foreign Policy White Paper … “Opportunity, Security, Strength” but a step too far for New Zealand. Image: Aust govt ANALYSIS: By Michael Powles with Anna Powles Australia’s recent Foreign Policy White Paper says that Australia’s approach in the region will focus on “helping to integrate Pacific countries in the Australian and New Zealand economies […]

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Indonesia prone to cyber attacks up to the 2025, says digital expert

By   /  January 30, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anonymous, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Business, cyber security, cyber-attacks, Development, Digital activism, Digital Media, Economics, Evening Report, Featured, hacking, Indonesia, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Indonesia prone to cyber attacks up to the 2025, says digital expert

Anonymous Indonesia … cybersecurity in the country is regarded as being “in its infancy”. Image: Tech In Asia Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Indonesia is predicted to be prone to cyber attacks from this year until 2025, says a media communication and technology consultant. A.T. Kearney’s media communication and technology researcher Germaine Hoe Yen Yi says […]

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Bougainville autonomy ‘positive’ but improvements needed, says poll report

By   /  January 29, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville autonomy, Bougainville independence, Development, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Multimedia, National Research Institute, NRI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Research  /  Comments Off on Bougainville autonomy ‘positive’ but improvements needed, says poll report

PNG’s NRI researchers present Bougainville referendum reports. Video: EMTV News By Meriba Tulo in Port Moresby The autonomous arrangements for Bougainville have been described as positive. However, there is also room for improvement – among these, the need for the effective use of knowledge, capacity and time. These were points highlighted this week during a […]

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Poor Vanuatu pay ruling risks negative impact on security, say upset police

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Education, Evening Report, Featured, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Police, Politics, Reports, Salaries, Security, teachers, Vanuatu, wages  /  Comments Off on Poor Vanuatu pay ruling risks negative impact on security, say upset police

Vanuatu police in the Manaro rescue operation last year on Ambae. Image: Richard Nanua/Vanuatu Daily Post By Richard M. Nanua in Port Vila Some Vanuatu police officers have raised dissatisfaction on the implementation of the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) ruling taking effect today, claiming it might negatively impact on security in the country. After receiving […]

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Momis calls for unity as Bougainville future status referendum nears

By   /  January 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville independence, Development, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Momis calls for unity as Bougainville future status referendum nears

EMTV News report on the call for unity. By Aloysius Laukai in Buka The Autonomous Bougainville Government president, Chief Dr John Momis, has called on the people of the region to unite in spite of their differences with the future status of Bougainville at stake in next year’s referendum. In his New Year message to […]

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Momis announces moratorium on Panguna mining and exploration

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Copper Limited, copper mining, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Panguna, Panguna mine, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Momis announces moratorium on Panguna mining and exploration

Panguna copper mine on Bougainville … the catalyst for decade-long civil war. Image: Aloysius Laukai/Bougainville Forum By Aloysius Laukai in Buka The President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Chief Dr John Momis, has announced an indefinite moratorium on exploration and mining in Panguna. He said the Bougainville Executive Council had its meeting on Wednesday made […]

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PNG mobile revolution about to enter new high-speed cable phase

By   /  December 22, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Business, Cellphones, Communication, Culture, Development, Digital challenges, Digital Media, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Internet, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Science-Technology, Telecommunications  /  Comments Off on PNG mobile revolution about to enter new high-speed cable phase

Papua New Guinea’s cellphone culture change … 3 million mobile users, says new research. Image: Ourmaninproject By Scott Waide in Lae In 2007 when Digicel entered the PNG market, Papua New Guineans realised how much in unnecessary charges they had been paying for mobile and internet services. Until 2007, the mobile phone monopoly run by […]

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Yogyakarta airport developers warned not to ‘steal’ people’s land

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  24/7 News, Activists, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Aviation, Development, Evening Report, Human Rights, Indonesia, Land rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta  /  Comments Off on Yogyakarta airport developers warned not to ‘steal’ people’s land

A police officer looks on as workers of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I bulldoze a building in the vicinity of Glagah village to make room for the New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) in Kulonprogro, Yogyakarta on Friday. Image: Bambang Muryanto/The Jakarta Post By Bambang Muryanto in Yogyakarta Indonesia’s National Commission for Human Rights […]

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42 years after Timor-Leste’s declared independence, a democracy plea

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Democracy, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Political Stability, Politics, Reports, Social justice, Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste resistance  /  Comments Off on 42 years after Timor-Leste’s declared independence, a democracy plea

ETAN members at the time of the award of the Order of Timor-Leste, the country’s highest honour, in 2012: John M. Miller (second from right), and Charles Scheiner (right), with other special awardees Father Domingos Morato da Cunha (left) and Father Reinaldo Cardoso at the presidential ceremony. Image: ETAN OPINION: Open letter by Charles Scheiner, […]

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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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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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Indonesia’s development dilemmas – a green info gap and budget pressure

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  24/7 News, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Business, Climate, Development, Development plan, Economics, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Forest fires, Forests, Global, Indonesia, Infrastructure, Joko Widodo, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, National Development Plan, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Palm Oil, PMC Reportage, Politics, Ports, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesia’s development dilemmas – a green info gap and budget pressure

Crucial to how Indonesia’s news outlets cover the environment – and its destruction – is the ownership and vested interests of the media landscape.  Video: Al Jazeera ANALYSIS: By David Robie in Yogyakarta In May, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of Indonesia raised eyebrows across the archipelago when he inspected the Trans-Papua highway while trail blazing […]

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PNG’s InterOil shareholders agree to ExxonMobil buy out

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Business, Development, Evening Report, ExxonMobil, Featured, Gas industry, InterOil, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Oil and gas, Oil industry, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Singapore, Technology  /  Comments Off on PNG’s InterOil shareholders agree to ExxonMobil buy out

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz The majority of shareholders approve ExxonMobil Corporation’s takeover of InterOil in Papua New Guinea. Image: EMTV Papua New Guinea’s InterOil shareholders agree to ExxonMobil acquisition; gender-based violence stakeholders condemn GBV deaths; and Sirinum Dam closure soon to affect Port Moresby residents are the headlines in the latest EMTV […]

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Indonesia approves Freeport, Amman contract conversion and exports continue

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Freeport Indonesia, Freeport McMoRan, Freeport mine, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, West Papua, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Indonesia approves Freeport, Amman contract conversion and exports continue

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz Dig deeper: A heavy vehicle passes gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia’s mining areas in Grasberg in Papua. Image: Nethy Dharma Somba/Jakarta Post By Viriya P. Singgih and Grace D. Amianti in Jakarta The Indonesian government has approved the conversion of the contracts of gold and copper […]

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Duma, Pok step aside in PNG’s Manumanu defence land probe

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-corruption, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Business, Corruption, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Inquiry, Land deal, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Peter O'Neill, PMC Reportage, PNG Defence Force, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Duma, Pok step aside in PNG’s Manumanu defence land probe

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz Heads roll and investigations begin over the Manumanu defence land deal. Video: EMTV By Gynnie Kero in Port Moresby Two Papua New Guinea cabinet ministers have stepped aside pending a Commission of Inquiry into the Manumanu defence ministry land deal in Central province. Public Enterprise and State Investment […]

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RNZI remains ‘essential voice of the Pacific’, says broadcaster

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclones, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Public broadcasting, Radio, Radio New Zealand International, Radio NZI, Reports, Security, Tsunami, Tsunami warning  /  Comments Off on RNZI remains ‘essential voice of the Pacific’, says broadcaster

MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz Chief Ben Lovo and his family of Bongkil Village on Erromango, Vanuatu. He says shortwave broadcasts from RNZI during Cyclone Pam allowed him to warn four villages. Image: Koroi Hawkins/RNZI Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) continues to serve people across the Pacific region, delivering essential day to day […]

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