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PNG: Funeral of Post-Courier journalist overshadowed by abuse allegations


Sudden death of prominent journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara sparks controversy ... domestic violence allegations emerge. Image: Loop PNG

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Item: 10016

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): The farewell of prominent PNG Post-Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara has been overshadowed by domestic abuse allegations.

During Evara’s funeral at Sione Kami Memorial Church yesterday, her aunt, Mary Albaniel, accused Evara’s husband of domestic violence, prompting calls by journalists, politicians and the public for an investigation into her sudden death.

Evara, the business editor of the Post-Courier, was rushed to hospital last week on October 15 after collapsing in her home.

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NZ: Strong Pasifika representation in Labour cabinet


Labour's Pasifika MPs ... From left: Kris Fa'afoi, Poto Williams, Carmel Sepuloni, Aupito Su'a William Sio, Jenny Salesa and Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki. Image: Kaniva Tonga.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Item: 10014

By Philip Cass
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): Two MPS with strong Tongan ties have joined a contingent of four Pasifika politicians to win places in the new Labour cabinet.

MP for Māngere, Aupito Su'a William Sio, who has been Labour’s spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs and Inter-Faith Dialogue, said Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa had been selected as ministers, along with Kris Fa’afoi, whose family came from Tokelau.

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TONGA: Matangi Tonga condemns state for ‘annihilating’ public broadcasting


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Item: 10013

NUKU'ALOFA (Matangi Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): Matangi Tonga has hit-out at what it says are attempts by the government to take over and “muzzle” the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

In an editorial, Matangi Tonga states recent restructuring led by TBC’s new board chairman, Dr Tu’i Uata, has “annihilated” the public broadcaster and turned the government watchdog into a “lapdog”.

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TONGA: Broadcasting chief blames TBC shake-up on news failure


TBC's chair Dr Tu'i Uata ... "news content not popular". Image: Kaniva News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Item: 10012

By Kalino Latu
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Tonga Broadcasting Commission was restructured to save it from being closed down, says the commission’s chair, Dr Tu’i Uata.

Dr Uata told Kaniva News the TBC faced being shut down in two months because it was running at a loss despite having a strong “technical” management to make sure it functioned financially.

Dr Uata blamed the situation on the way the TBC news was being created and broadcast.

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TONGA: Journalists who had run-ins with PM out of newsroom in TBC restructure


Viola Ulakai and Laumanu Petelō out of TBC newsroom in 'shake-up'... critical of PM 'Akilisi Pōhiva. Image: Kalino Latu/Kaniva Tonga

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Item: 10010

By Kalino Latu
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): The restructure of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) has seen two top senior journalists leave the newsroom for new roles at the state broadcaster.

Laumanu Petelō, the editor of TBC’s television and radio, and Viola Ulakai, the news manager, have moved into a new department under the Commission’s marketing and sales management.

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NZ: Gadjah Mada University academic talks to Southern Cross about visit


Universitas Gadjah Mada's Dr Budi Irawanto ... collaboration with Pacific Media Centre "has great potential". Image: Khairiah Rahman/PMC

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Item: 10009

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM The Wire/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): The arrival of the Universitas Gadjah Mada team for a two-week research exchange is the focus of the Pacific Media Centre's weekly Southern Cross radio programme.

Pacific Media Watch freedom project editor Kendall Hutt talks with Dr Budi Irawanto, a member of the university's Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies, about the significance of the team's visit for Indonesia and New Zealand.

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WEST PAPUA: Indonesia ‘rejects’ Pacific support of self-determination


Indonesia 'categorically rejects' Pacific support of West Papuan self-determination ... province 'integral part of Indonesia'. Video still: UNGA

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Item: 10008

JAKARTA (Pacific Media Watch): Pacific support of West Papuan self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly has been labelled by Indonesia as “illegal”.

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NZ: PMC's David Robie and Gadjah Mada team in Indonesian exchange


PMC's Professor David Robie ... invited on Indonesia's World Class Professor (WCP) programme. Image: AUT

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Item: 10007

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): Professor David Robie, director of the Auckland University of Technology’s Pacific Media Centre, and seven academics from Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada will be on exchange next month in the first communication and publication research collaboration of its kind in New Zealand.

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INDONESIA: Journalist faces defamation probe after criticising treatment of West Papua on Facebook


Indonesian journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono ... his message on Facebook about Megawati Sukarnoputri and Aung San Suu Kyi lands him in strife. Image: Tirto

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Item: 10006

By Mong Palatino
JAKARTA (Global Voices/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Indonesian police in East Java are investigating a veteran journalist for comparing former President Megawati Sukarnoputri to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in a Facebook post.

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INDONESIA: Police probe funding for group accused of 'hate hoaxes'


Saracen syndicate accused of creating and spreading hoax news and hate speech for money in Indonesia. Image: Jakarta Post

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Item: 10004

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Indonesia’s National Police continue to dig deeper into the Saracen group, an online syndicate accused of creating and spreading hoax news and hate speech for money, including by investigating their funding over the past three years.

“We are still investigating Saracen. We are looking back about three or four years ago to investigate their funding,” said National Police spokesman Rikwanto reports The Jakarta Post quoting kompas.com.

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