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New Caledonia independence ‘in their hearts’, but also a ‘scary’ future

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, independence, Indigenous, Kanak independence, Kanaky, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, national flags, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia independence ‘in their hearts’, but also a ‘scary’ future

Kanaks and long-time New Caledonian settlers get to vote on their future on November 4. But, as Michael Andrew of Asia Pacific Journalism points out, if Kanaks don’t get their wish for independence this time around, they have two more chances in 2020 and 2023 to vote for a new nation. MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ

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Norwegian human rights activists call for action over Israeli ‘capture’ of ship

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Gaza, Gaza blockade, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, non violence, norway, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Peace and justice, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Norwegian human rights activists call for action over Israeli ‘capture’ of ship

Norwegian citizen Jan Petter Hammervold, 74, makes a ship-recorded plea before being seized by Israeli forces. He was ship’s cook on board Al Awda (The Return), is a board member of Ship to Gaza Norway and author of the book Fiskerne I Gaza (Gaza Fishers), about the 2018 Freedom Flotilla. New Zealander Mike Treen was […]

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‘We cannot footnote our way to freedom’

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Education, Front page, Hawai'i, Indigenous, Legal issues, Media, Media law, Micronesia, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Self Determination, Special Report, Tertiary Education  /  Comments Off on ‘We cannot footnote our way to freedom’

Source: Pacific Media Centre Analysis published with permission of PMC The Pacific Media Centre’s Dr Sylvia C. Frain talks to human rights lawyer Julian Aguon, who recently won a landmark case in the Guam Supreme Court upholding the separation of powers doctrine, on issues ranging from law school and social justice to indigenous peoples and […]

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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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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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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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Gallery: Lumad campaigners appeal for NZ support to defend schools

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Ancestral land, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Education, Evening Report, Gallery, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indigenous education, Indigenous rights, Lumad, lumads, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, save our schools  /  Comments Off on Gallery: Lumad campaigners appeal for NZ support to defend schools

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk New Zealand and Filipino teachers, community advocates and students this week launched an open letter appealing to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to end military abuses against indigenous Lumad people in the southern island of Mindanao. They also called on the Manila government to scrap a terrorist listing of Lumad leaders and […]

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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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PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, CELCOR, Civil Society, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Landowner protest, Landowners, Lawsuit, logging, Logging companies, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Politics, Pomio, Reports, SABL, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

Landowners win six-year legal battle in Pomio District, site of a controversial Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) where large tracts of rainforest have been logged and replaced by oil palm plantations. Image: Scott Waide/EMTV By Scott Waide in LaeA group of customary landowners in Papua New Guinea has regained access to their land following a […]

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Demo at Freeport office in Jakarta calls for self-determination for West Papua

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Freeport Indonesia, Freeport mine, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indoleft News Service, Indonesia, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, protest, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua protest, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Demo at Freeport office in Jakarta calls for self-determination for West Papua

Papuan protesters outside the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in South Jakarta last Thursday. Image: Tirto.id By Tony Firman in Jakarta Calls for West Papuan self-determination were prominent during a demonstration in front of the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in the Kuningan area of South Jakarta at the start of Easter. The action was […]

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Governor Juffa, police crack down on PNG’s Collingwood Bay illegal logging

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APAC OSI, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cartels, Crime, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Forests, Gary Juffa, Human Rights, Illegal logging, Indigenous, Landowners, logging, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Oro, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Forests Authority, PNGFA, Politics, Reports, Transnationals  /  Comments Off on Governor Juffa, police crack down on PNG’s Collingwood Bay illegal logging

“When fully laden, a ship like this leaves Papua New Guinea shores every week with stolen forest resources. Shipped by transnational criminal cartels posing as developers. When filled, one of these shipments rakes in between K6 million and K7 million for the pirates … every week.,” writes Governor Juffa on Instagram. Image: Juffa/Instagram By Scott […]

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Open letter to PM Ardern: Raise Papua human rights crimes with Jokowi

By   /  March 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Health, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Jacinda Ardern, Joko Widodo, Justice, Maire Leadbeater, Measles, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, Self Determination, Separatism, West Papua, West Papua Action Auckland, West Papua human rights  /  Comments Off on Open letter to PM Ardern: Raise Papua human rights crimes with Jokowi

Yanto Awerkion, a young activist who was promoting a petition calling for the UN Decolonisation Committee to become involved in West Papua, was jailed for more that 9 months for “treason”. He will be released shortly due to international pressure. Image: Free West Papua Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk An advocacy group, West Papua Action Auckland, […]

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West Papuans launch quake appeal for survivors in PNG Highlands

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disasters, earthquakes, Evening Report, Featured, Free West Papua Campaign, Human Rights, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, ULMWP, United Liberation Movement for West Papua, West Papua, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on West Papuans launch quake appeal for survivors in PNG Highlands

A 100 candles vigil was held in the Papuan capital city of Port Numbay (Jayapura) this week and people gathered to raise funds and donations following Papua New Guinea’s devastating earthquake. Video: Free West Papua Campaign Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk West Papuans have set up their own Papua New Guinea Earthquake Appeal in solidarity with […]

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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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Harsh response lessons abound in wake of PNG’s quake devastation

By   /  March 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disaster management, Disaster relief, Disaster risk reduction, Disasters, earthquakes, Editor's Picks, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Hela, helicopters, Highlands, Human Rights, Indigenous, Kadovar, Manam, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, natural disasters, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Southern Highlands, Volcanoes  /  Comments Off on Harsh response lessons abound in wake of PNG’s quake devastation

BRIEFING: By Sylvester Gawi in Tari, Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea’s Highlands earthquake disaster has brought to light some of the many things that need to be considered in assisting those affected by disaster and restoring vital infrastructures and communication links between relief agencies and the people. The response to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake […]

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Breaking the glass ceiling – two women top Vanuatu ministry

By   /  March 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Indigenous, Innovation, International Women's Day, Jane Joshua, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post, Vanuatu politics, Women in Politics  /  Comments Off on Breaking the glass ceiling – two women top Vanuatu ministry

By Jane Joshua in Port Vila Vanuatu’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade is proud to have two women appointed to the top positions of First Political Adviser and Second Political Adviser – Anthea Arukole and Jeanette Yiu-Hing Faerua respectively. These two are the only women to occupy these leading political adviser […]

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New Timor treaty will finally set borders to resolve oil, gas row

By   /  March 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bayu-Undan, Development, Economics, Evening Report, Featured, Gas fields, Greater Sunrise, Human Rights, Indigenous, international law, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Oil fields, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Sustainability, Timor Gap, Timor Sea, Timor Sea Treaty, Timor-Leste  /  Comments Off on New Timor treaty will finally set borders to resolve oil, gas row

ANALYSIS: By Tom Clarke Timor-Leste and Australia has signed a maritime boundary agreement at the UN headquarters in New York today, putting their long-running border dispute to rest. Although the finer details of the treaty remained under wraps, all reports suggest that the Timorese will secure their permanent maritime boundaries and a fairer share of […]

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37 deaths in Southern Highlands, 16 in Hela as PNG relief efforts go on

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disasters, earthquakes, Evening Report, Featured, Hela, Indigenous, Mendi, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Security, Southern Highlands  /  Comments Off on 37 deaths in Southern Highlands, 16 in Hela as PNG relief efforts go on

By Sylvester Gawi in Mendi Local community leaders have taken charge of care centres in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea as they await food, clothing and other relief supplies to be delivered. Acting Southern Highlands Provincial Administrator Thomas Eluh said six care centres had been set up around SHP by locals. The […]

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