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REGION: Timorese journalists protest outside Philippine embassy over Ressa arrest
Sat, 16 Feb 2019

DILI (Timor-Leste Press Union/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Timor-Leste Press Union has protested in front of the Philippine Embassy in the capital Dili in solidarity with indicted Journalist Maria Ressa over her “persecution” and in defence of freedom of the press.

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PHILIPPINES: ‘Don’t be silent,’ says defiant Maria Ressa in fight for press freedom
Sat, 16 Feb 2019

By Iris Gonzales
MANILA (New Internationalist/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Philippine press has seen many dark days but Maria Ressa’s arrest this week is among the worst.

It signals dangerous times for our country’s democracy, 33 years since it was restored in 1986.

Ressa is a veteran journalist who founded the news website Rappler – and a thorn in the side of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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WEST PAPUA: Documentary exposes plight of ‘ignored’ local journalists
Wed, 13 Feb 2019

PAPE'ETE: (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region (West Papua) has won an international film award.

Aprila, directed by Rohan Radheya, took out the best short film award at the 16th Pacific FIFO Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

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PHILIPPINES: Rappler editor Maria Ressa held on ‘cyber libel’ charge
Wed, 13 Feb 2019

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Paris-based global media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned yesterday’s arrest of Maria Ressa, editor of the independent Manila-based news website Rappler, on a “cyber libel” (defamation) charge.

It is referring the Philippine government’s “repeated persecution” of this journalist and her website to the United Nations Secretary-General.

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TAHITI: Climate change documentary about Kiribati wins top FIFO prize
Tue, 12 Feb 2019

PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): A Canadian film about climate change in Kiribati and the Pacific has won the top prize at the 16th Pacific Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

The film, Anote’s Ark by Matthieu Rytz, looked at the plight of Kiribati and former President Anote Tong who championed the Pacific human rights struggle over climate change.

Tong was president of his country between 2003 and 2016.

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