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INDONESIA: Elections: Political system has ‘failed’ minorities – like Papuans


Tue, 16 Apr 2019

By David Robie
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A human rights defender and researcher has warned in a new book published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections today that the centralised political system has failed many of the country’s 264 million people – especially minorities and those at the margins, such as in West Papua.

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FIJI: Opposition seeks Malolo damage probe, criticises local media


Mon, 15 Apr 2019

SUVA (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/{Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s opposition has called for a full investigation by an impartial committee into allegations of collusion by government officials in the destruction of reefs, foreshore and land on Malolo Island.

Earlier this month, the Chinese-backed company Freesoul Real Estate Development was ordered to repair the damage which it had caused during months of unconsented work on the reef and on land it did not own.

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FIJI: Malolo investigation: ‘That’s why you need journalism’


Sun, 14 Apr 2019

AUCKLAND (Newsroom/Pacific Media Watch): Newsroom published a three-part investigation into environmental destruction on Malolo Island, Fiji, last week.

Co-editor Tim Murphy discussed with journalist Melanie Reid the background to the story and why a stop being put on a big tourism resort matters.

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FIJI: Don’t be fooled by PM’s apology over arrests – media freedom is dire


Fri, 12 Apr 2019

AUCKLAND (RNZ/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Media commentator Gavin Ellis has condemned the state of media freedom in Fiji in the wake of the arrests and detention of three Newsroom journalists from New Zealand.

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INDONESIA: Foreign media banned from covering elections in West Papua


Thu, 11 Apr 2019

JAYAPURA (Kumparan/Indoleft/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Indonesian Immigration Office in West Papua has warned that it will take firm action against foreign journalists trying to cover the elections in the Melanesian region.

This was emphasised by Manokwari Class II Non-TPI Immigration Office West Papua representative Bugie Kurniawan at a meeting on foreign surveillance at the Bintuni Bay regency last week.

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