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SAMOA: Research explores media practice, freedom of the press


NUS's Misa Vicky Lepou ... call for better media ethics, more professionalism. Image: Del Abcede/Pacific Journalism Review

Monday, January 8, 2018

Item: 10064

By Joshua Lafoai
APIA (Asia Pacific Report/Samoa Observer/Pacific Media Watch): A research paper by a National University of Samoa lecturer warns media freedom in Samoa still faces many challenges.

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SAMOA: 'Criminal libel' and PM Tuilaepa’s gift from American Samoa


The Samoa Observer editorial, 6 January 2018. Image: PMC

Monday, January 8, 2018

Item: 10063

Editorial by Gatoa'itele Savea Sano Malifa
APIA (Samoa Observer/Pacific Media Watch): Let’s face it. For every beginning there is an end. And for every end there is a reward to be extended, the quality of which would depend entirely on how keenly persevering the attempt would be. 

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GLOBAL: 3 years after Charlie tragedy, 'blaspheming' journalists face death


In 2018, writing or talking about religious matters remains "delicate". Graphic: Reporters Without Borders

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Item: 10062

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): On the eve of the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that dozens of journalists worldwide are still the targets of calls for their execution or are sentenced to death because they are deemed to be guilty of blasphemy or apostasy.

Writing or talking about religious matters continues to be delicate, to the point that you can risk losing your life, RSF said in a statement.

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FIJI: Fiji Times launches digital news media app


The Fiji Times app link page on Apple devices. Image: PMC

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Item: 10061

By Shalendra Prasad
SUVA (Motibhai Group/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s oldest and most trusted newspaper is moving ahead with digital media integration following the successful launch of an app for smart devices.

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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

Friday, December 22, 2017

Item: 10058

By Scott Waide
LAE, Papua New Guinea (EMTV News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): 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 a government subsidiary, BeeMobile Communications, forced customers to pay K125 (NZ$45) for a mobile start-up kit which contained a SIM card and K100 in phone credits.

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WEST PAPUA: Police 'evacuate' Papuan protesters after clash with vigilantes


Papuan student protesters at one of the rallies in Malang, Indonesia. Image: Detek News

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Item: 10057

By Muhammad Aminudin
MALANG, Indonesia (Detik News/Pacific Media Watch): A demonstration by the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) in Indonesia's East Java city of Malang ended in a clash with Pancasila Youth (PP) members who were offended by the protest.

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SAMOA: Parliament votes to bring back criminal libel law over social media


Samioa's Parliament ... unanimous vote in favour of criminal libel legislation. Image: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia/RNZI Pacific

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Item: 10056

APIA (RNZI Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): Samoa's Parliament has unanimously voted to restore a criminal libel law that had been repealed four years ago.

The Justice Minister, Fa'aolesa Katopau Ainu'u, told Parliament the government's objective was to protect innocent members of the public.

Fa'aolesa said people were being harmed by others through publications and opinions on social media.

The revived law would allow people who had been harmed to claim for defamation in the courts, he said.

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TIMOR-LESTE: Two winners named for Balibo Five-Roger East fellowships


Augustus Dos Reis (left) and Pricilia Xavier ... 2018 fellowship winners. Image: MEAA/APHEDA

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Item: 10055

SYDNEY (Media Alliance/Pacific Media Watch): Two journalists from Timor-Leste will benefit from the Balibo Five-Roger East Fellowship in 2018, an initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA.
 
They were chosen from four outstanding applications assessed by a selection panel in Australia, the MEAA says in a statement.
 
The next recipients of funding from the fellowship, which aims to nurture the development of journalism in East Timor are:

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GLOBAL: RSF round-up for 2017 - 65 journalists killed, 326 in prison


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Item: 10054

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing its annual round-up of violence and abuses against journalists throughout the world.

A total of 65 journalists were killed in 2017, 326 are currently in prison, and 54 are held hostage.*
 

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INDONESIA: Media monitor launches Indonesialeaks to report on corruption


The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) office in Jakarta. Image: Arnold Simanjuntak/Tempo

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Item: 10053

By Chitra Paramaesti
JAKARTA (Tempo/Pacific Media Watch): The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), in collaboration with Indonesian mass media, has launched a whistleblower platform, called Indonesialeaks, for the public to report on acts of corruption.

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