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PNG: Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events
Sat, 17 Nov 2018

By Scott Waide
PORT MORESBY (Asia Pacific Report/Sciott Waide Blog/Pacific Media Watch): Papua New Guinea’s freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when Chinese officials barred both local and non-Chinese media from attending meetings at three Asia-Pacific Economy Cooperation (APEC) venues.

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PHILIPPINES: RSF condemns ‘tax evasion’ charge used to harass Rappler website
Tue, 13 Nov 2018

PARIS (Reporters Without Borders/Asia Pacific Report/Paciffic Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders has condemned the tax evasion charges that the Philippine Department of Justice  is bringing against the independent news website Rappler and its president, journalist Maria Ressa.

It has called for an end to this blatant judicial harassment.

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FIJI: Report fake page to Facebook plea from Fiji Times editor
Mon, 12 Nov 2018

SUVA (The Fiji Times/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Fiji Times has appealed to readers to report a fake Facebook account purporting to be the official page of the daily newspaper.

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FIJI: FijiFirst scores head start on social media for election, says journalist
Sun, 11 Nov 2018

By Rahul Bhattarai
AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): Fijians are counting down for their general election on Wednesday after early voting that started on November 5.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s ruling FijiFirst party is expected to win but with a reduced majority after a vigorous social media campaign to accumulate more votes before the media blackout which starts at midnight tonight.

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FIJI: PM rebukes journalist when challenged on media freedom laws
Sun, 11 Nov 2018

By Hannah Sinclair
LAUTOKA, Fiji (SBS News/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the country’s restrictive media laws are not affecting next week’s general election.

Journalists are free to criticise the Fiji government in the lead up to the election on Wednesday, according to Bainimarama.

During his FijiFirst party’s final campaign rally in Lautoka over the weekend, Bainimarama told foreign journalists he had encouraged criticism of the government during the campaign.

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