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AUSTRALIA: New bill worst in free world for criminalising journalism


Would the ABC’s publication of confidential cabinet documents be in breach of a proposed government bill? Image: Joel Carrett/The Conversation

Friday, February 2, 2018

Item: 10075

ANALYSIS: By Dr Johan Lidberg
MELBOURNE (Asia Pacific Report/The Conversation/Pacific Media Watch): Australia is a world leader in passing the most amendments to existing and new anti-terror and security laws in the liberal democratic world. Since September 11, 2001, it has passed 54 laws.

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AUSTRALIA: Amend security bill to protect journalists, sources, says RSF


The RSF website page about Australia's "flawed" security bill. Image: PMC/PMW

Friday, January 26, 2018

Item: 10066

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Several provisions in the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government plans to submit soon to the federal parliament have raised fears about their impact on media freedom in Australia because they are poorly conceived and drafted.

One of its biggest flaws is its expanded definition of espionage, which would consist not only of communicating classified information but also receiving and possessing it.

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PHILIPPINES: Duterte's brutal 'war on the poor' and also those reporting it


Al Jazeera's Listening Post programme on the Philippine "war on drugs".

Monday, August 28, 2017

Item: 9984

ANALYSIS: Presented by Richard Gizbert
DOHA (Al Jazeera/The Listening Post/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The most violent week yet in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines has seen more than 90 people killed and NGO workers threatened, reports Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post.

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WEST PAPUA: Southern Cross explores 'endemic' violence by Indonesian forces


Killing of indigenous West Papuans ... human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces increasing. Image: Tabloid Jubi/File photo

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Item: 9981

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM The Wire/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): Increasing violence by Indonesian security forces against indigenous West Papuans is the focus of the Pacific Media Centre's weekly Southern Cross radio programme.

Pacific Media Watch freedom project editor Kendall Hutt explores whether such violence is endemic under Indonesian rule, following a shooting in the Deiyai district which left one dead and 16 wounded.

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NZ: Southern Cross on nuclear weapon ban treaty, US Asia-Pacific presence


WILPF president Kozue Akibayashi … use of nuclear weapons “not justified”. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Item: 9972

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM The Wire/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): The United Nation's nuclear weapon ban treaty is the focus of the Pacific Media Centre's weekly Southern Cross radio programme in the wake of Hiroshima, Nagasaki atomic bomb commemorations.

Pacific Media Watch freedom project editor Kendall Hutt interviews Kozue Akibayashi, international president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, about New Zealand's nuclear-free legacy and its responsibility to lead the treaty's ratification.

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AUSTRALIA: RSF condemns 'alarming bid' to crack message encryption


RSF is alarmed at proposed moves by Australia's government to crack encrypted messages on secure apps such as WhatsApp over fears it violates source safety. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

Friday, July 28, 2017

Item: 9964

AUCKLAND (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has echoed concerns by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance over a push by Australia's government to force tech companies to break encrypted communications.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed last week that his government intends to make it possible for authorities to read encrypted messages sent between users of apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage by introducing new legislation.

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AUSTRALIA: Increasing surveillance 'deeply concerning', says MEAA


Revelations about increased surveillance by Australian government and its ties to press freedom ... MEAA 'deeply concerned'. Image: Tom Jellett/MEAA.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Item: 9952

SYDNEY (MEAA/Pacific Media Watch): Australia's Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance has voiced several concerns surrounding the government's recent and alleged encroaches on press freedom.

In the past week, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) - the union and industry advocate for Australia's journalists - has not been afraid to draw attention to its alarm at efforts by the Australian government to curb press freedom through increased surveillance.

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WEST PAPUA: Indonesian crackdown on peaceful UN vote petition signers


Yanto Awerkion ... arrested late last month by Indonesian authorities for gathering signatures on a petition calling for a new United Nations referendum on West Papuan self-determination. Image: Benny Wenda

Monday, July 17, 2017

Item: 9945

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Yanto Awerkion, a West Papuan local independence leader, remains imprisoned after being arrested by Indonesian security services for collecting signatures on an Avaaz petition calling for a new referendum on independence from Indonesia.

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GLOBAL: Autocracy strikes back - media freedom under siege in Arabia


Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar ... "The winds of freedom blown by AJ meant also that repressive regimes no longer had the monopoly over information." Image: Al Jazeera

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Item: 9937

ANALYSIS: By Dr Tarek Cherkaoui
QATAR (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Diplomatic quarrels in the Arabian Peninsula have a long history, and small Gulf States, such as Qatar, align themselves with stronger powers in order to confront regional threats. This was the case under Ottoman rule and British colonial rule.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS: Police force rearms after 14 years


Members of the Solomon Islands' Police Response Team...now able to bear arms after 14 years. Image: RAMSI Public Affairs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Item: 9877

HONIARA (Asia Pacific Report/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch): After almost 14 years, the Solomon Islands police force has been rearmed.

At a ceremony in Honiara last month, the police force launched its limited rearmament programme which will see 125 officers from the Police Response Team (PRT) and Close Personal Protection (CPP) squad bear arms when on duty.

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