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REGION: Pacific ‘bright spots’ amid World Press Freedom Index Asian warnings
Sat, 20 Apr 2019

PARIS (Asia Pacific Report/Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji, New Zealand and Timor-Leste have made significant gains in the latest annual Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index while the Paris-based global watchdog has warned that totalitarian propaganda, censorship, intimidation and cyber-harassment have been on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region.

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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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