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Tahiti’s Salmon fined for defaming president with ‘vote buying’ claim

Published By   /  September 19, 2018  /  Abuse of public funds, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Elections, Featured, Lawsuit, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Politics, Press Release, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Tahiti  /  Comments Off on Tahiti’s Salmon fined for defaming president with ‘vote buying’ claim

Tahiti President Edouard Fritch wins election defamation case against rival … awarded US$2000 pay out in damages. Image: French Polynesia govt By RNZ Pacific A senior French Polynesian politician has been fined for defaming the president Edouard Fritch during the election campaign in April. The criminal court in Tahiti found the Territorial Assembly leader of […]

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Nauru media ban on ABC targets Australian detention centre gag

Published By   /  August 12, 2018  /  ABC, APJS newsfile, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Corruption, Detention Centres, Editor's Picks, Featured, Human Rights, Media, Media ban, Media Freedom, Media gag, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Refugees, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Nauru media ban on ABC targets Australian detention centre gag

There has been much wringing of hands over Nauru’s ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for next month’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit. But, reports Sri Krishnamurthi of Asia Pacific Journalism, even more perplexing is Canberra’s relative silence. The elephant in the room about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ban that has people tip-toeing through the […]

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Indonesian anti-corruption watchdog arrests nine, including House member

Published By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Anti-corruption, APR, arrests, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Corruption, Corruption Eradication Commission, Crime, Environment, Featured, Indonesia, KPK, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Mining, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Indonesian anti-corruption watchdog arrests nine, including House member

A masked supporter of Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) holds up a poster declaring “I am KPK” during a 2015 protest in support of the commission. Image: VOA file Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have arrested nine people during a raid in Jakarta, including a member of the House of Representatives, […]

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PNG opposition demands PM O’Neill resign over Mendi torching riot

Published By   /  June 16, 2018  /  APR, Arson, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Crime, Featured, Media, Mendi, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Protest, Protests, Reports, riot, Rioting  /  Comments Off on PNG opposition demands PM O’Neill resign over Mendi torching riot

Oro Governor Gary Juffa speaks during the Opposition demand for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s resignation. Video: EMTV News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Papua New Guinea’s Opposition has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill over this week’s rioting in the Southern Highlands capital of Mendi. Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch, flanked by fellow members, made […]

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Time for Xanana Gusmao to step up and fix Timor-Leste’s problems

Published By   /  May 26, 2018  /  Alliance of Change and Progress, Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Development, Economics, Education, Fretilin, Health and Fitness, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Oil and gas, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Petroleum Fund, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Timor, Timor-Leste, Tmor Sea Treaty, Xanana Gusmao  /  Comments Off on Time for Xanana Gusmao to step up and fix Timor-Leste’s problems

By Jose Belo in Dili, Timor-Leste Timor-Leste’s parliamentary elections on May 12 have returned Xanana Gusmao to the Government Palace in Dili in an alliance that gives him enough votes to govern in his own right. While Gusmao has won an election held only 10 months after the July 2017 poll, his CNRT (Party for […]

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PNG condemned for sorcery attacks, police brutality and over refugees

Published By   /  May 24, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Corruption, Crime, Domestic violence, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Manus Island, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Police, Police brutality, Politics, Press Release, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on PNG condemned for sorcery attacks, police brutality and over refugees

Refugees and asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island have suffered repeated violent attacks and robberies by locals, says Human Rights Watch. Video: HRW Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Papua New Guinea has been condemned for violent mob attacks on people accused of sorcery – especially women or girls, repeated assaults and robberies on refugees, […]

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Tommy Suharto: Indonesians are ‘longing’ for return to Suharto rule

Published By   /  May 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Corruption, Featured, Indonesia, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Party Berkarya, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Security, Suharto, Tommy Suharto, Transparency International, United Nations  /  Comments Off on Tommy Suharto: Indonesians are ‘longing’ for return to Suharto rule

Talk to Al Jazeera in the Field programme features Tommy Suharto. Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk The Suharto political dynasty is being revived in Indonesia, reports Al Jazeera. Twenty years after the fall of the country’s notorious former President Mohamed Suharto, his youngest son is leading a new political party into next year’s elections. Hutomo Mandala […]

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Tahiti incumbent defies corruption cloud to easily win election

Published By   /  May 10, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Edouard Fritch, Elections, Featured, Gaston Flosse, Independence, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Caledonia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Oscar Temaru, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Tahiti, Tapura Huirraatira  /  Comments Off on Tahiti incumbent defies corruption cloud to easily win election

Tahitian President Edouard Fritch … increased majority as pro-independence groups take a hit. Image: Hawai’an Public Radio/Alchetron Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk In the elections held in French Polynesia over the weekend, the ruling party of President Edouard Fritch scored a decisive victory and will return to power with an expanded majority. Neal Conan of Hawai’i […]

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Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

Published By   /  April 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Corruption, Crime, Digital challenges, Digital data, Identity, Indonesia, justice, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Former Speaker sentenced to 15 years in prison in Indonesia’s e-ID graft case

Former Speaker Setya Novanto (left) attending a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court. Image: Dhoni Setiawan/Jakarta Post By Kharishar Kahfi in Jakarta The Jakarta Corruption Court judges today sentenced former House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of graft. Reading out the court’s verdict, presiding judge Yanto […]

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Watchdog role of media highlighted in USP journalism talk

Published By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Anti-corruption, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Corruption, Democracy, journalism, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Solomon Islands, University of the South Pacific, USP, Watchdogs  /  Comments Off on Watchdog role of media highlighted in USP journalism talk

Dr Shailendra Singh … “news media is an important and a crucial pillar of democracy.” Image: Solomon Star By Ronald Tito’ona in Honiara Local journalists in the Solomon Islands have been again reminded of their watchdog role by keeping the government accountable in the fight against corruption. Head of the University of South Pacific journalism strand […]

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