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Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

Published By   /  September 5, 2018  /  Analysis, APJS newsfile, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Human Rights, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Balance, China, Civil Society, Fairness, Featured, Fiji, Free speech, Indonesia, Media, Media Freedom, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Nauru human rights, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Press Release, Refugees, Reports, Samoa, Sexual abuse  /  Comments Off on Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

ANALYSIS: The three-hour “detention” of television New Zealand Pacific affairs reporter Barbara Dreaver for “breaking protocols” over interviewing refugees on Nauru. But Josef Benedict reports this is just part of the dismal media freedom scene in the Pacific. At this week’s gathering of key Pacific Island leaders on the Micronesian island of Nauru, conspicuously missing […]

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Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list

Published By   /  August 11, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Samoa, Security, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list

PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato at yesterday’s Forum Foreign Ministers conference … Pacific still divided over West Papua issue. Image: Samoa Observer/Misiona Simo By Alexander Rheeney in Apia Vanuatu has asked Pacific Islands Forum member states to support its resolution to the United Nations General Assembly next year to grant West Papuans self-determination. The plight […]

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‘Don’t play with fire’ warning in Samoa’s social media threat

Published By   /  August 9, 2018  /  APJS newsfile, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Blogging, Facebook, Featured, Free speech, Internet, Media, Media Freedom, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Online media, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Samoa, Social Media  /  Comments Off on ‘Don’t play with fire’ warning in Samoa’s social media threat

Many Samoans are angry over a threat by the prime minister earlier this year to ban the social media platform Facebook amid growing pressure by politicians and officials across the Pacific against “fundamental freedoms”. Mike Mohr reports for Asia Pacific Journalism in the second of a two-part series on online media. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa […]

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PMC Seminar series: Folk wisdom: Superstition and ‘old wives’ tales’ across the Pacific

Published By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cook Islands, Event, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Research, Samoa, Seminars, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga  /  Comments Off on PMC Seminar series: Folk wisdom: Superstition and ‘old wives’ tales’ across the Pacific

Event date and time:  Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 16:30 – 18:00 PACIFIC MEDIA CENTRE SEMINAR: Why is folk wisdom important?  In this presentation, Jourdene Aguon will explore and discuss the intersection between Pacific island communities (Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Guam and the Marianas) and their oral traditions, focusing on folk wisdom and […]

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Former PCF media intern welcomes Pacific newbies on NZ exchange

Published By   /  June 29, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, AUT, Education, Featured, Fiji, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, National University of Samoa, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Cooperation Foundation, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Samoa, School of Communication Studies, Solomon Islands, University of the South Pacific, Wansolwara, Youth  /  Comments Off on Former PCF media intern welcomes Pacific newbies on NZ exchange

Adi Anaesini Civavonovono of Fiji (left) and Elizabeth Osifelo of the Solomon Islands (both of the University of the South Pacific) against the green screen in the television studios during their visit to Auckland University of Technology this week. Behind them are the Pacific Cooperation Foundation’s Suzanne Suisuiki (partially hidden) along with AUT students Leilani […]

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Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Published By   /  June 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Featured, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Navigation, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Sailing, Samoa, Va'a, Video, Voyaging, Waka  /  Comments Off on Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Waka (or va’a) voyager and environmental advocate Schannel van Dijken talks about the Pacific and Samoan ocean sailing traditions and the challenges of climate change. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS), Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after our landscapes and seascapes. As […]

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India’s ‘tribal’ minister visits NZ for relationships but skirts rape culture

Published By   /  May 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Crime, Culture, Dialysis, Gender, Human Rights, India, Indigenous, Media, Medical aid, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Rape, Rape culture, Reports, Rural policy, Samoa, Tribal affairs  /  Comments Off on India’s ‘tribal’ minister visits NZ for relationships but skirts rape culture

India’s Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jasvantsinh Bhabhor greeting members of the community on his first visit to New Zealand. Image: Vandhna Bhan/Te Waha Nui By Vandhna Bhan in Auckland India’s Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jasvantsinh Bhabhor visited Auckland briefly last Saturday to talk about building international relations, but avoided comment on […]

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Tuilaepa accuses Pohiva of being ‘jello’ over Samoan press freedom

Published By   /  May 11, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Featured, Media, Media Freedom, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Press Release, Reports, Samoa, Samoa Observer, Tonga, Tonga Broadcasting Commission, World Press Freedom Index  /  Comments Off on Tuilaepa accuses Pohiva of being ‘jello’ over Samoan press freedom

Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva … something “odd” with the world press freedom rankings. Image: Samoa Observer By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielelgaoi has accused his Tongan counterpart ‘Akilisi Pohiva of being “jello” – jealous – of Samoa’s media freedom ranking. Tuilaepa made the comment in response to Pohiva questioning Samoa’s ranking on […]

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Tuila’epa calls for urgent action over climate change for Pacific survival

Published By   /  February 26, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, COP23, Human Rights, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Research, Samoa, Science-Technology, Security, Self Determination, SPREP, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Victoria University  /  Comments Off on Tuila’epa calls for urgent action over climate change for Pacific survival

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media Headline: Tuila’epa calls for urgent action over climate change for Pacific survival By Nanette Woonton at Te Papa The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington last week. Calls from the Prime Minister […]

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Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

Published By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Aid, Aid policy, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cook Islands, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Jacinda Ardern, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Samoa, Tonga, Weather, Winston Peters  /  Comments Off on Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media Headline: Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand government’s Pacific Mission will take place early next month and travel to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands. “It […]

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