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INDONESIA: Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and Papuan political prisoners


A study, conducted by Indonesia Law Reform Institute cofounder Anugrah Rizki Akbari, concludes that Indonesia has an “overcriminalisation” problem, with hundreds of harmless activities having been classified as crimes. Image: Shutterstock/Jakarta Post

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Item: 10236

OPINION: By Glenn Fredly
JAKARTA (Asia Pacific Report/Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch): The remarks of renowned American philosopher John Dewey, “If you want to establish some conception of a society, go find out who is in jail”, has been quoted many times to elaborate on the state of freedom in many parts of the world, including Indonesia.

Indeed, reports about people being imprisoned, tortured or executed because of their views or faith are rife in the country.

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INDONESIA: Jokowi unmoved by growing support for ‘noise’ blasphemy case woman


Meiliana, a Chinese-Indonesian woman of the Buddhist faith who has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for complaining about the noise from a mosque. Image: Jakarta Post

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Item: 10218

By Christie Stefanie
JAKARTA (Indoleft/CNN Indonesia/Asia Pacific report/Pacific Media Watch): President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he respects the verdict handed down by an Indonesian local court against an ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of blasphemy.

According to Widodo, if there are those who disagree with the verdict then Meiliana can lodge an appeal against the ruling by the Medan District Court

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PNG: Second expat vice-chancellor flees ‘for safety’ as universities turn nasty


Professor John Warren ... forced to leave PNG as threats and lawlessness descend on universities targeting senior expatriate administrators. Image: PNG Attitude

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Item: 10214

By Keith Jackson
BRISBANE (PNG Attitude/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A letter from the former vice-chancellor of Papua New Guinea’s University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) in Rabaul says senior staff urged him to leave the country for his own safety after a scurrilous attempt had been made to level trumped up criminal charges against him.

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AUSTRALIA: JERAA slams media attack on Sydney University academic


Senior journalism lecturer Dr Fiona Martin ... JERAA asks: “Are teaching spaces public or private spaces?" Image: Honi Soit

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Item: 10208

MELBOURNE: (JERAA/Pacific Media Watch): The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, the peak body for journalism academics, supports the rights of educators to academic independence when they engage in teaching, research and community service.

JERAA trusts in the professionalism of academics to educate students and society about journalism.

In particular, JERAA supports Dr Fiona Martin, of Sydney University, whose teaching has been attacked this week.

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INDONESIA: Officials ruin Australian researcher’s honeymoon over Papua


Doctoral researcher Belinda Lopez .... interest in community storytelling. Image: FB

Monday, August 6, 2018

Item: 10204

SYDNEY (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): An Australian doctoral researcher whose honeymoon plans in Indonesia included a cultural festival in the insecure Papua region has been deported after Indonesian officials accused her of being a journalist, a news agency reports.

Belinda Lopez, a Bahasa speaker, is back in Australia with a week left of her holiday but her plans ruined.

Her husband had already been barred from boarding the flight to Bali because his Dutch passport had less than six months validity. She was forced to fly alone.

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PMC Seminar: Okinawa’s media response to US military presence


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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.


FIJI: Justice Rajasinghe to deliver Fiji Times sedition trial verdict on Tuesday


Holding on ... The Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts and his wife leave the High Court in Suva yesterday. Image: Jovesa Naisua/Fiji Times

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Item: 10162

By Litia Cava
SUVA (The Fiji Times/Asia Pacific Report/Fiji Village/Pacific Media Watch): High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe is set to deliver his verdict on Tuesday after the three assessors returned with a unanimous not guilty opinion against three senior management and editorial staff of The Fiji Times daily newspaper, a letter writer and the Fiji Times Ltd yesterday.

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FIJI: Fiji Times sedition trial assessors give unanimous ‘not guilty’ opinion


The Fiji Times editorial and management team with their lawyers await the trial assessors' opinions on the High Court steps in Suva tonight. Pictured in front are letter writer Josaia Waqabaca, Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts, Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, and Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula. Image: Timoci Vula/Fiji Times

Friday, May 18, 2018

Item: 10160

By Talebula Kate
SUVA (The Fiji Times/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The three assessors in The Fiji Times sedition trial tonight returned a unanimous not guilty opinion on all counts.

They found Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts not guilty for the charge of publishing a seditious article in Nai Lalakai, a letter to the editor on April 27, 2016.

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REGION: PMC director condemns ‘targeting’ of journalists and silence on West Papua


Professor David Robie ... critical of lack of New Zealand media coverage of a major regional issue - self-determination for Papuans. Khairiah A. Rahman/PMC

Friday, May 4, 2018

Item: 10148

By Jean Bell
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): An alarming number of “targeted” journalists being killed and West Papua media for independence were just some of the topics covered in a wide-ranging seminar by the director of the Pacific Media Centre last night.

Professor David Robie called for the media, universities and journalism schools to take their Pacific “backyard” more seriously and not just wait for crises to happen.

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Pacific Media Watch contributing editor 2018

Jean Bell is Pacific Media Watch contributing editor in 2018.

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