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PHILIPPINES: RSF condemns ‘tax evasion’ charge used to harass Rappler website


Free press in the Philippines. Image: RSF/Ted Aljibe /AFP

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Asia Pacific Report/Paciffic Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders has condemned the tax evasion charges that the Philippine Department of Justice  is bringing against the independent news website Rappler and its president, journalist Maria Ressa.

It has called for an end to this blatant judicial harassment.

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FIJI: Report fake page to Facebook plea from Fiji Times editor


Fiji Times appeals to readers on its website today to report the fake page to Facebook. Image: PMC

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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SUVA (The Fiji Times/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Fiji Times has appealed to readers to report a fake Facebook account purporting to be the official page of the daily newspaper.

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FIJI: FijiFirst scores head start on social media for election, says journalist


Pacific Media Centre journalist Sri Krishnamurthi ... returning to Fiji for the general election after earlier special reporting with Wansolwara in Suva. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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By Rahul Bhattarai
AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): Fijians are counting down for their general election on Wednesday after early voting that started on November 5.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s ruling FijiFirst party is expected to win but with a reduced majority after a vigorous social media campaign to accumulate more votes before the media blackout which starts at midnight tonight.

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FIJI: PM rebukes journalist when challenged on media freedom laws


FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama ... tops the pre-election polls. Image: David Robie/PMC

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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By Hannah Sinclair
LAUTOKA, Fiji (SBS News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the country’s restrictive media laws are not affecting next week’s general election.

Journalists are free to criticise the Fiji government in the lead up to the election on Wednesday, according to Bainimarama.

During his FijiFirst party’s final campaign rally in Lautoka over the weekend, Bainimarama told foreign journalists he had encouraged criticism of the government during the campaign.

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NEW CALEDONIA: Kanaky self-determination and decolonisation - Asia Pacific Report coverage


Pacific Media Centre director David Robie and Margot Bantegny check out the referendum set for Caledonia TV at the University of New Caledonia. Image: Caledonia TV

Friday, November 9, 2018

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NOUMEA (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): About 100 journalists covered the historic New Caledonian independence referendum last weekend, with media from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as France and Tahiti, sending crews.

A spokesperson for the French High Commission said 100 journalists had been accredited for the referendum – 40 of them foreign journalists.

Local journalists also filed reports for Radio Canada and RTBF (Belgium).

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

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NEW CALEDONIA: On brink of fateful decision – new nation or status quo?


The New Caledonian referendum voting paper. Image: PMC/APR

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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NOUMEA: New Caledonia, the closest neighbour to Australia and New Zealand, has been French-owned since 1853. But this may change at the weekend.

On Sunday, November 4, those eligible among its 270,000 residents will go to the polls to answer “yes” or “no” to one question: “Do you want New Caledonia to accede to full sovereignty and become independent?”

If the vote is no, up to two further referendums will be held in 2020 and 2023.

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NEW CALEDONIA: French human rights body warns over ‘colonial reality’ before key Pacific vote


Caledonia TV’s report on the recent indigenous Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) conference on a “post-independence” future for New Caledonia. Video: NCI TV

Monday, October 29, 2018

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PARIS (RNZ Pacific/ASia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Irrespective of the outcome of New Caledonia’s independence referendum next weekend, certain conditions need to be met to maintain peace, the French Human Rights League says.

In a statement before the vote next Sunday, the league said the decolonisation process must continue just like the strengthening the basis to create a New Caledonian citizenship.

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REGION: APEC big money, Maseratis and PNG youth resilience


Participants from the SKILLZ PNG training wrapping up a team-building exercise. Image: Pauline Mago-King/PMC

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch): The countdown to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea is well underway.

As the PNG government finalises preparations for this high-level meeting next month, instability is growing from pressing development issues. But, reports Pauline Mago-King of Asia Pacific Journalism, some of the youth are committed to strengthening their country’s resilience.

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REGION: Royals talk empowerment, gender and climate with USP students


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside the University of the South Pacific’s Japan-Pacific ICT Centre on Laucala campus in Suva. Image: Wansolwara

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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By Mereoni Mili of Wansolwara
SUVA (Asia Pacific Report/Wansolwara/Pacific Media Watch): Meeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in person was a humbling experience this week for specially selected students from the University of the South Pacific, including two first-year student journalists Apenisa Vatuniveivuke and Dhruvkaran Nand.

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AUSTRALIA: JERAA launches new public interest journalism platform


The home page of The Junction, an independent new platform for student journalists at 11 journalism schools across Australia. Image: PMC screenshot

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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MELBOURNE (JERAA/Pacific Media Watch): A new platform for storytelling and public interest journalism, showcasing the best work produced by Australian university journalism programmes, has been launched today.

The Junction is published by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) on behalf of Australia’s journalism programmes. It will also explore new ways for journalism students across the country to work together.

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