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Archive for January, 2010

Temaru favours cannabis trade in Tahiti for tourists only

Oscar Temaru ... cannabis support ruffles Tahitian legislators. Photo: Jason Brown, Avaiki Nius

Pacific Scoop:
By Oceania Flash in Papeete

Former French Polynesian President and now opposition leader Oscar Temaru has this week ignited yet another controversy by suggesting – during a parliamentary debate – that cannabis should be allowed for sale and consumption to visiting tourists. Read more »

Papuan critics: Who is the new Freeport mine scapegoat?

Freeport's mine at Grasberg in West Papua ... target of a fresh attack. Photo: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
By Nethy Dharma Somba and Markus Makur  in Jayapura and Timika

The latest attack against mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua – weeks after the shooting death of independence leader Kelly Kwalik – has left Indonesian authorities without the usual suspects to pin the blame on, say local Papuan critics.

On Sunday, a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a convoy of vehicles carrying company employees and security officers, injuring nine people, including a foreign employee and four Mobile Brigade police officers.

The latest incident disrupted a brief period of relative calm, following a series of attacks on the firm’s employees, which began in July last year and killed three people, including an Australian worker and a police officer. Read more »

Pacific Media Watch wins Pacdet grant for freedom of expression project

Pacific Press Release – Pacific Media Watch


AUCKLAND (AUT University/Pacific Media Watch):  The Pacific Media Watch freedom of expression monitoring project at AUT University has been awarded a $15,000 development grant to expand its regional database and journalism resource.

The PMW project was adopted by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre in 2007 and has been developed by Pacific Islands contributing editors based in the School of Communication Studies for the past three years. Read more »

OPM not involved in the Freeport shooting

Pacific Press Release – West Papua National Coalition

Baseless accusations have always been directed towards the OPM/TPN when any killings or shootings happened around the mining area. The recent shooting on Mile 60 on 24th January 2010 was not exceptional case. Read more »

Diplomacy with Fiji – the regime should build bridges not threaten them

Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni (right) with regime leader Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Opinion – By Crosbie Walsh

Having spent 20 minutes on Radio New Zealand in an interview with Bryan Crump this week, arguing a case that the nomination of Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni – the regime’s chief media minder –  as Fiji diplomatic counsellor in Wellingon is not provocative, I read that Brigadier-General Pita Driti said on Radio Tarana that Fiji is “testing” New Zealand’s sincerity. Read more »

Leprosy still a problem in NZ and the Pacific

Press Release – Pacific Leprosy

Social attitudes, rather than a lack of medicine, are the major reason leprosy continues to be a problem in the Pacific Islands and to a lesser extent in New Zealand according to Jill Tomlinson, General Manager of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation in Christchurch. Read more »

PNG minister claims he is endangered by misspelling of fugitive’s name

Bank robber William Kapris Nanua ... minister Gabriel Kapris unhappy with the name spelling. Photo: The National

Pacific Scoop:
By Almanzo Matbob in Madang

Papua New Guinea’s Commerce and Industry Minister Gabriel Kapris has accused the news media of spelling the name of notorious prison escapee William Kapris wrongly – posing a risk to him and his family.

The minister insists the prison escapee’s surname should be spelt Kapis, without an “r’”

“The suspect’s name is Nauna and his step father’s name is Kapis and not Kapris,” Kapris said.

“Tell your bosses or whoever in Port Moresby to go to Sepik and get their facts right,” he told journalists in Madang. Read more »

Raising funds for trauma recovery in Samoa

Press Release – Trauma Recovery Team NZ

Following the tsunami that hit the southern coast of Samoa on 29 September 2009, many of the thousands of people affected are still suffering from depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), insomnia, delirium and aggression. It was reported … Read more »

11 gunned down in tribal feud over huge PNG gas project

Pacific Scoop:
By Mohammad Bashir in Port Moresby

Eleven people have been gunned down in an early morning clash between Papua New Guinean tribes fighting over a profit-sharing stake in a $15 billion liquefied natural gas project in the Southern Highlands.

The deaths and destruction of more than 270 houses followed a raid on Pawale village in the ExxonMobil project area.

The PNG government and developers have been given by Pawale clans 48 hours to step in and restore order. Read more »

Pacific news group renews call on Fiji regime to drop media decree ‘sham’

Pacific Press Release – Pacific Media Watch


RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Pacific Freedom Forum/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s military regime can save time, money and credibility by dropping plans to rehash a “media” decree and doing away with the whole thing, says the Pacific Freedom Forum. Read more »

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