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NAURU: Protests gather force over ban on ABC from covering Pacific Forum
Sat, 14 Jul 2018

By Mong Palatino
SYDNEY (Global Voices/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Protests have been gathering force over the Nauru government ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Summit in September.

Nauru accused ABC, which is Australia’s public broadcaster, of biased and false reporting.

The summit is an annual gathering of Oceania’s heads of state, where important matters concerning the region are addressed.

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NZ: Colin Peacock: New era heralded in broadcasting – or more of the same?
Fri, 13 Jul 2018

ANALYSIS:By Colin Peacock of RNZ’s Mediawatch
WELLINGTON (RNZ Mediawatch/Asia Pacific Rwport/Pacific Media Watch): The allocation of $15 million for public broadcasting will be split between RNZ, New Zealand on Air and a new fund targeting “under-served audiences”. It’s the biggest single boost for public broadcasting for a decade, but will it make a big difference?

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Pacific Media Centre condemns 'flagrant' Nauru ban on ABC at Forum
Thu, 12 Jul 2018

The New Zealand-based Pacific Media Centre has condemned the selective ban by the Nauru government in what it says is an authoritarian affront to media freedom in the region.

“Clearly the Nauru government is determined to gag any independent efforts to speak truth to power,” said director Professor David Robie.

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GLOBAL: ‘Sick joke’, threats cited in Asia-Pacific media freedom summit
Tue, 10 Jul 2018

By David Robie
PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): When Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire introduced the Paris-based global media watchdog’s Asia-Pacific press freedom defenders to his overview last week, it was grim listening.

First up in RSF’s catalogue of crimes and threats against the global media was Czech President Miloš Zeman’s macabre press conference stunt late last year.

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NAURU: Government’s move against press freedom ‘disgraceful’, says Red Ink
Tue, 10 Jul 2018

COMMENT: By Miranda Ward on Red Ink
SYDNEY (Nine Network/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Nauru government’s refusal to allow the ABC from entering the country to cover the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum is disgraceful.

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