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NAURU: RSF call to allow banned ABC to cover Pacific Islands Forum
Wed, 15 Aug 2018

PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Nauru to rescind its decision to bar Australia’s public radio and TV broadcaster, ABC, from covering the Pacific Islands Forum that is being hosted there next month.

Journalists must be able to work with complete freedom, the Paris-based media freedom watchdog RSF said.

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FIJI: Graphic crash images highlight need for social media education
Tue, 14 Aug 2018

By Leilani Sitagata
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A viral spread of photos and videos from last week’s fatal crash at Nabou has highlighted a need for education surrounding the use of social media in Fiji.

University of the South Pacific’s senior lecturer and coordinator of journalism Dr Shailendra Singh told Asia Pacific Report this was “not a first” for something to be spread across social media.

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REGION: Nauru media ban on ABC, Kanak independence, PNG's 'Torokina' feature in PMC student news project
Sun, 12 Aug 2018

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 frangipani and whispering in hushed tones is the Canberra’s asylum seeker detention centre in the small Pacific state of Nauru.

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BANGLADESH: Media freedom groups protest over detained photojournalist
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

DHAKA (Global Voices/Pacific Media Watch): Late on the night of August 5, 2018, award-winning Bangladeshi photographer and activist Dr Shahidul Alam was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, by 20 men in plainclothes, sparking protests from media freedom and human rights groups.

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AUSTRALIA: JERAA slams media attack on Sydney University academic
Thu, 09 Aug 2018

MELBOURNE: (JERAA/Pacific Media Watch): The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, the peak body for journalism academics, supports the rights of educators to academic independence when they engage in teaching, research and community service.

JERAA trusts in the professionalism of academics to educate students and society about journalism.

In particular, JERAA supports Dr Fiona Martin, of Sydney University, whose teaching has been attacked this week.

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