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INDONESIA: Elections: Political system has ‘failed’ minorities – like Papuans


Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono … violent repression has “created unnecessary paranoia and racism among Indonesian migrants in West Papua”. Image: HRW

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Item: 10333

By David Robie
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A human rights defender and researcher has warned in a new book published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections today that the centralised political system has failed many of the country’s 264 million people – especially minorities and those at the margins, such as in West Papua.

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Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

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FIJI: Opposition seeks Malolo damage probe, criticises local media


Malolo Island ... Fiji officials had been given drone footage and photographs of the ongoing destruction in breach of the environmental and planning approvals but nothing was done. Image: FBC News

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Item: 10332

SUVA (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/{Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s opposition has called for a full investigation by an impartial committee into allegations of collusion by government officials in the destruction of reefs, foreshore and land on Malolo Island.

Earlier this month, the Chinese-backed company Freesoul Real Estate Development was ordered to repair the damage which it had caused during months of unconsented work on the reef and on land it did not own.

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FIJI: Malolo investigation: ‘That’s why you need journalism’


Melanie Reid at a protest by Solevu villagers near the Malolo Island resort development in Fiji. Image: Hayden Aul//Newsroom

Monday, April 15, 2019

Item: 10331

AUCKLAND (Newsroom/Pacific Media Watch): Newsroom published a three-part investigation into environmental destruction on Malolo Island, Fiji, last week.

Co-editor Tim Murphy discussed with journalist Melanie Reid the background to the story and why a stop being put on a big tourism resort matters.

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FIJI: Don’t be fooled by PM’s apology over arrests – media freedom is dire


Watching Our Words ... the Ricardo Morris report on self-censorship in Fiji. Image: PMC

Friday, April 12, 2019

Item: 10330

AUCKLAND (RNZ/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Media commentator Gavin Ellis has condemned the state of media freedom in Fiji in the wake of the arrests and detention of three Newsroom journalists from New Zealand.

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INDONESIA: Foreign media banned from covering elections in West Papua


Foreign media ... banned from next week's Indonesian elections coverage in West Papua. Image: Kumparan

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Item: 10329

JAYAPURA (Kumparan/Indoleft/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Indonesian Immigration Office in West Papua has warned that it will take firm action against foreign journalists trying to cover the elections in the Melanesian region.

This was emphasised by Manokwari Class II Non-TPI Immigration Office West Papua representative Bugie Kurniawan at a meeting on foreign surveillance at the Bintuni Bay regency last week.

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FIJI: Arrested NZ journalists now free but no new era of press freedom


Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama talks to Newsroom's Melanie Reid ... "it shouldn’t be assumed that he was declaring a new-found interest in freedom of the press." Image: Newsroom screenshot/PMC

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Item: 10328

ANALYSIS: By Dr Dominic O’Sullivan
AUCKLAND (The Conversation/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): It is not unusual for Fiji to intimidate and imprison journalists.

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FIJI: Approval 'revoked' for Chinese resort development on Malolo Island


Malolo reef damage in Fiji ... target of prosecution of Fiji government, say local media reports. Image: FBC News

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Item: 10327

AUCKLAND (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji has reportedly revoked the approval of a Chinese resort project on Malolo Island.

The developer Freesoul Real Estate had begun building a 350-bure resort without the required permits, causing substantial environmental damage.

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REGION: USP wins US$20,000 grant to boost Pacific environmental journalism


Internews EJN Asia-Pacific initiative ... funding for 14 successful environmental journalism projects. Image: Internews

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Item: 10326

SUVA (Wansolwara/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The journalism programme at the University of the South Pacific has won a US$20,000 (F$42,617) grant in a boost environmental reporting in the Pacific.

The programme was one of 14 recipients of the competitive Internews/Earth Journalism Network (EJN) Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal media grants for 2019.

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PHILIPPINES: ‘Explain your wealth, don’t lose your cool,’ PCIJ tells Duterte


The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism looks into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family, drawing the ire of the President. Duterte. Image: Rappler montage/Malacañang/Shutterstock

Monday, April 8, 2019

Item: 10325

MANILA (Rappler/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism has responded to what it called President Rodrigo Duterte’s “broadsides” aimed at PCIJ’s recent reports on the Duterte family’s wealth, saying there was no reason for the President to “lose his cool”.

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NZ: Mediawatch: Broadcaster’s Pacific slurs on Newstalk ZB censured


Broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan ... controversial attack on the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders. Image: @HDPA twitter

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Item: 10324

By Colin Peacock of RNZ Mediawatch
WELLINGTON (RNZ Mediawatch/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Newstalk ZB broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan has been censured for Pacific Island slurs in a ruling that contains uncharacteristically strong language from the official broadcasting watchdog.

It may end up costing NZME more than the $3000 the company must cough up in costs.

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