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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

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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

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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

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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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Julian Aguon: ‘We cannot footnote our way to freedom’


Guam human rights lawyer Julian Aguon ... "no better way to use the law than in defence of vulnerable communities – namely colonised and indigenous peoples, here in the Pacific but elsewhere too." Image: Katherine Mafnas

Pacific Media Centre, Sylvia C. Frain

18 June, 2018

The Pacific Media Centre’s Dr Sylvia C. Frain talks to human rights lawyer Julian Aguon, who recently won a landmark case in the Guam Supreme Court upholding the separation of powers doctrine, on issues ranging from law school and social justice to indigenous peoples and the right of self-determination in Guam, West Papua and beyond.

SF: Talk about law school. Did you like it? Do you have horror stories? Do you recommend it to others, to young people?
 

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.

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Sylvia C. Frain

Postdoctoral Researcher 2018


Disturbing Asia-Pacific millennials in the digital communication ecosystem


Professor Sanjay speaking

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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

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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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TONGA: Pacific news journalists grapple with challenges of social media, laws


PINA vice-president (2018-2020) Katalina Tohi (left) and Media Association of the Solomon Islands (MASI) president Charles Kadamana at the PINA Summit in Tonga last month. Image: PINA

Friday, June 15, 2018

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BRIEFING: By Geraldine Panapasa
SUVA (Asia Pacific Report/Wansolwara/Pacific Media Watch): Like it or not, social media has become part and parcel of almost everyday discussions.

Whether it’s talk about the economy or the latest development and trends, large and influential platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn have become the go-to source for news and information.

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REGION: ‘Fake news’ and millennials’ media judgment a challenge, says academic


Speakers in the opening AMIC2018 plenary on “Millennials – concept of democracy: Freedom of expression for all v. Freedom of expression for themselves”. Image: Pacific Media Centre

Friday, June 15, 2018

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BRIEFING: By David Robie
MANIPAL, India (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): “Fake news” combined with a lack of critical media judgment by many in the millennial generation is a major challenge to democracies across the world, says a leading Indian communication academic.

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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

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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

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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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