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VIDEO: Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging


Waka (or va’a) voyager and environmental advocate Schannel van Dijken talks about the Pacific and Samoan ocean sailing traditions and the challenges of climate change. Video: Pacific Media Centre

Monday, June 25, 2018

Item: 10182

By Hele Ikimotu AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS), Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after our landscapes and seascapes.

As part of his work with the SVS, van Dijken and his team of volunteers sail across the Pacific on their waka, the Gaualofa – promoting the old tradition of navigating.

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REGION: USP win internships to boost journalism training


The Pacific Cooperation Foundation ... media commitment to the region. Image: PCF

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Item: 10181

By Geraldine Panapasa
SUVA (University of the South Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): Five final-year students from the University of the South Pacific’s Journalism Programme have secured international professional attachments as part of their ongoing development and training.

Elizabeth Osifelo from the Solomon Islands, Adi Anaseini Civavonovono and Salote Qalubau from Fiji are expected to leave for a two-week internship in Auckland this Sunday after successfully securing a place in the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Media Programme 2018.

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PNG: Troops arrive in Mendi – PM and politicians apologise for riot ‘distress’


Southern Highlands protesters declare "No Southern Highlands government, then no PNG gas project or government services". Image: Freeze frame from social media video by Sedrick Ranpi

Monday, June 18, 2018

Item: 10180

PORT MORESBY (Asia Pacific Report/PNG Post-Courier/Pacific Media Watch): More than 100 Papua New Guinea soldiers from Taurama Barracks First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment arrived in the Southern Highlands capital of Mendi at the weekend for the state of emergency operation which takes force from today.

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Disturbing Asia-Pacific millennials in the digital communication ecosystem


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17 June, 2018

The digital age and the power and challenges of the Millennials as presented by keynote speaker Professor B P Sanjay, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, at the AMIC2018 conference at Manipal, Karnataka, India, on 7-9 June 2018.


AUDIO: Photographer Adam Ferguson on the brave young women of Nigeria


Winner of the World Press Photo Exhibition's People stories category: The image is of Aisha, aged 14. © Adam Fergusson for The New York Times.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Item: 10179

AUCKLAND (RNZ Sunday/Pacific Media Watch): The World Press Photo Exhibition is a contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers.

More than 80,000  photos from around 5000 photographers were submitted for this year's contest: just 45 photographers were awarded prizes.

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PNG: O’Neill imposes PNG curfew, vows arrests in wake of Mendi torchings


The blazing Air Niugini Link PNG aircraft at Mendi airport. Image: EMTV News

Friday, June 15, 2018

Item: 10176

PORT MORESBY (Asia Pacific Report/PNG Post-Courier/EMTV News/Pacific Media Watch): Papua New Guinea authorities have imposed a 6pm to 6am curfew in the Southern Highlands provincial capital of Mendi to prevent further violence.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has vowed that political leaders who are alleged to be behind the violence in which an Air Niugini aircraft at Mendi airport and the courthouse were set ablaze and destroyed yesterday will be arrested.

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GLOBAL: Rappler’s editor Maria Ressa wins Golden Pen freedom award


Golden Pen winner Maria Ressa … “We are Rappler, and we will hold the line.” Image: LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Item: 10175

MANILA (Rappler/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch):Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa has won a coveted press freedom award from a 70-year-old global network of news publishers seeking to uphold the rights of journalists worldwide.

Ressa received the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Portugal last week.

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FIJI: Election media blackout to ‘protect voters’, Pacific workshop told


Fiji's Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem (left) looking at statistics with staff Edwin Nand and Arin Kumar during a media conference in Suva. Image: Eliki Nukutabu/Fiji Times

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Item: 10174

By Aqela Susu
SUVA (The Fiji Times/Pacific Media Watch): A 48-hour media blackout provision in Fiji's Electoral Act is necessary to protect voters from further campaigning, says the chief elections official.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem reiterated this while speaking at a recent workshop on political and election reporting organised by the US Embassy for more than 20 journalists from Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Tonga.

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PNG: RSF condemns 'dangerous' proposal to ban Facebook


Communications Minister Sam Basil ... plan to remove users who “hide behind fake accounts”. Image: RSF

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Item: 10173

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the Papua New Guinean government’s reported declared intention to shut down access to Facebook for at least month, as this would drastically curtail access to news and information and would hurt both the media and public.

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PNG: Did dumb just get dumber and Sam Basil dig a hole?


A near confrontation on the floor of Parliament on Friday, with the Papua New Guinea Opposition walking out in protest over the referral of Madang MP Bryan Kramer, to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee following a Facebook posting. Video: EMTV News

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Item: 10172

OPINION: By Keith Jackson
NOOSA (PNG Attitude/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Samuel H Basil, the man who might ban Papua New Guineans from Facebook, was not always such a stern opponent of the social media platform he now despises – a platform used by nearly a million of his fellow citizens.

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