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Nine-Fairfax merger warning for investigative media – and democracy

Published By   /  August 1, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Channel Nine, Democracy, Fairfax, Fairfax Media, Featured, Investigative journalism, Media, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, public interest, Reports, Research  /  Comments Off on Nine-Fairfax merger warning for investigative media – and democracy

If you value the media’s watchdog role in democracy, then the opening words in the deal enabling Channel Nine to acquire Fairfax Media, the biggest single shake-up of the Australian media in more than three decades, ring alarm bells. The opening gambit is an appeal to advertisers, not readers. It promises to enhance “brand” and […]

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Bid to unite Asia-Pacific press councils takes off in Timor-Leste

Published By   /  July 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Featured, Indonesia, Media, Media councils, Media Freedom, Media Freedom Index, Media law, Media regulation, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Self-regulation, Thailand, Timor-Leste, UNESCO  /  Comments Off on Bid to unite Asia-Pacific press councils takes off in Timor-Leste

Former Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta (second from left) in the front row during the Dili Dialogue. Image: Bob Howarth/PMW By Bob Howarth in Dili, Timor-Leste The Dili Dialogue Forum, sponsored by UNESCO and organised by the Timor-Leste Press Council, will be held again next year after the inaugural successful one last week. It is a […]

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Vanuatu plans cyber crime law to target Facebook ‘false claims’

Published By   /  June 26, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Charlot Salwai, Crime, Defamation, Facebook, freedom of expression, Human Rights, justice, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Sato Kilman, Social Media, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu plans cyber crime law to target Facebook ‘false claims’

Cyber crime law planned for Vanuatu … “people are using Facebook for political gain, attacking and making false statements or allegations.” Image: File Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, the Minister responsible for Telecommunications, has informed Parliament that a cyber crime bill currently being developed will address the increasing issues and concerns regarding social media, especially […]

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‘We cannot footnote our way to freedom’

Published By   /  June 18, 2018  /  Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Front page, Hawai'i, Indigenous, Legal issues, Media, Media law, Micronesia, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Self Determination, Special Report  /  Comments Off on ‘We cannot footnote our way to freedom’

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. […]

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Pacific news journalists grapple with challenges of social media, harsh laws

Published By   /  June 14, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, Conferences, Cyber-censorship, Facebook, Fake news, Featured, Fiji, freedom of expression, Freedom of speech, Human Rights, Media, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Islands News Association, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PINA, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Social Media, Technology  /  Comments Off on Pacific news journalists grapple with challenges of social media, harsh laws

BRIEFING: By Geraldine Panapasa in Suva 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. Add […]

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Fiji Times Four ‘relieved’ sedition newspaper freedom ordeal is over

Published By   /  May 23, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Press Release, Race relations, Reports, Sedition  /  Comments Off on Fiji Times Four ‘relieved’ sedition newspaper freedom ordeal is over

Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts waves to supporters and the media after he and two senior officials of the newspaper and a letter writer were acquitted of sedition charges in the Suva High Court yesterday. With him is a Fiji Times director, Rajesh Patel (left). Image: Jovesa Naisua/Fji Times By Geraldine Panapasa, editor-in-chief of Wansolwara […]

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Fiji newspaper sedition trial – Fiji Times Four found not guilty

Published By   /  May 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, Featured, Fiji, High Court, justice, Media, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Sedition  /  Comments Off on Fiji newspaper sedition trial – Fiji Times Four found not guilty

Not guilty … a Fiji Times celebration huddle outside the High Court in Suva today. Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley is on the right. Image: The Fiji Times Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The High Court in Suva has found the Fiji Times Ltd, its three senior executives and a letter writer not guilty of sedition, […]

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How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

Published By   /  March 23, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Democracy, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of Information, Human Rights, Media, Media censorship, Media Freedom, Media law, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Press Release, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte, state surveillance, Surveillance  /  Comments Off on How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media Headline: How Philippine state surveillance is used as a tool to silence critics BRIEFING: Special report by Jodesz Gavilan and Sofia Tomacruz in Manila Human rights activists say that the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of […]

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Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

Published By   /  March 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Contempt of Parliament, Criticism, Featured, freedom of expression, Freedom of speech, Human Rights, Indonesia, justice, Media, Media law, 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 Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media Headline: Protests sweep Indonesia over new law criminalising ‘criticism’ of MPs Members of the Indonesia Catholic Students Association (PMKRI) place a freedom of speech coffin in front of the Parliament building during a protest in Manila last week. Image: Gun Halilintar/PMKRI By Ryan Dagur in Jakarta […]

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