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WEST PAPUA: UN official defends Papuan rights – free speech, assembly


UN's OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani ... "there are many West Papuan grievances, and we’ve seen this in many parts of the world where grievances are unaddressed, or there’s a suppression of dissent." Image: UN interview screenshot

Monday, December 10, 2018

Item: 10274

UNITED NATIONS (UN News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): West Papuan rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly have been defended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in a response to the mass arrests of Papuan protesters during flag raising ceremonies earlier this month.

“These are indigenous people at the end of the day,” says spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

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REGION: Labour rally in Jakarta, Fiji march highlight global human rights


The Jakarta rally for human rights at the weekend. Image: Rayhand Purnama Karim/CNNI

Monday, December 10, 2018

Item: 10273

JAKARTA (CNN Indonesia/Indoleft News/ Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre): Hundreds of workers from the Confederation of United Indonesian Workers (KPBI) held a protest march at the weekend in the capital of Jakarta and Fiji’s Coalition on Human Rights staged a march today to commemorate World Human Rights Day.
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WEST PAPUA: Widodo wants security forces to guard all development projects


Sixteen bodies have been retrieved from the killings of workers on a Papuan infrastructure project claimed by pro-independence militants to be Indonesian soldiers. Image: Hark Arena

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Item: 10272

By Ray Jordan
LAMPUNG, Indonesia (Detik News/News Ahencies/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch):  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo insists that work on the Trans-Papua road project will continue despite this week’s shooting of construction workers in the Papua regency of Nduga.

Widodo is asking that all infrastructure projects and Trans-Papua construction workers always be accompanied by security personnel.

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WEST PAPUA: Surabaya counterprotest, 300 arrested in flag demonstrations


An unnamed Papuan student beaten during the December 1 West Papuan flag demonstration in Surabaya, Indonesia. Human rights sources report more than 300 arrests by Indonesian authorities. Image: Human rights sources

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Item: 10271

Hundreds of Papuan students faced off with counterprotesters in Indonesia’s second largest city of Surabaya today in a rally calling for the Melanesian region’s independence while pro-independence sources reported more than 300 people arrested in West Papua.

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PHILIPPINES: Trauma research on TV journalists covering killings revealed in Pacific Journalism Review


Part of the cover of the latest Pacific Journalism Review. Image: © Fernando G Sepe Jr/ABS-CBN

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Item: 10270

AUCKLAND (Pacific Journalism Review/Pacific Media Watch): The statistics globally are chilling. And the Asia-Pacific region bears the brunt of the killing of journalists with impunity disproportionately.

Revelations in research published in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review on the trauma experienced by television journalists in the Philippines covering President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ are deeply disturbing.

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PNG: Scott Waide reinstated – 'thank you' message from EMTV journalist


Scott Waide reporting in a Papua New Guinea village ... image from his blog My Land, My Country.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Item: 10269

COMMENT: By Scott Waide, in an open letter posted on his blog after he was reinstated by EMTV today following suspension for broadcasting an APEC news item on November 17 criticising wasteful Papua New Guinean government spending.

Dear all,

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PNG: EMTV suspends senior journalist Scott Waide over NZ Maserati news story


The Maserati item from New Zealand’s Newshub screened on EMTV News on 17 November 2018.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Item: 10268

By Vincent Moses
PORT MORESBY (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Papua New Guinean state-owned media company EMTV has been forced to act against its wishes and media ethics to suspend one of the country’s best reporters, their award-winning Lae bureau chief and senior journalist Scott Waide.

In an email sent to all staff of EMTV, the HR manager informed staff that EMTV management were forced by the government to take the action of suspending Waide.

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REGION: Opinion: Time we heard the Pacific’s take on the Pacific


Covering the Pacific ... "we might even learn a thing or two about the nations and the region within which we live ." Image: Shane McLeod/The Interpreter

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Item: 10267

ANALYSIS: By Mary-Louise O’Callaghan
MELBOURNE (Asia Pacific Report/The Interpreter/Pacific Media Watch): It is both apt and overdue that veteran ABC correspondent Sean Dorney was last night awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism at the 2018 Walkley ceremonies.

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PNG: PNGFM news boss calls for investigations, penalties for troops who assaulted journalists


Parliament Haus in Waigani ... scene of the reported assault against PNGFM journalists. Image Scott Waide's blog

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Item: 10266

Scott Waide’s blog highlights an open letter by Genesis Ketan, director of news, PNGFM:
PORT MORESBY (Asia Pacific Report/Scott Waide's Blog/Pacific Media Watch):As director of News for PNGFM, I am very disappointed at the manner at which two of my reporters – one male and one female – were assaulted by disciplinary officers while covering the storming of Parliament on Tuesday,  20 November 2018.

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PNG: RSF condemns Chinese exclusion of journalists at APEC side events


Chinese President Xi Jinping in Port Moresby ... accused over "new media control strategy" in South Pacific. Image: SCMP

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Item: 10265

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the discrimination practised by the Chinese delegation against local and international media at the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held last weekend in Papua New Guinea and attended by President Xi Jinping.

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