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Fiji Media Decree Entrenches Regime’s Control

Press Release – International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the new media decree imposed by the military regime of Commodore Frank Bainimarama in Fiji as erasing the right of journalists to report freely and fairly. Read more »

International Auckland to Suva Service

Press Release – Air Pacific

Fiji’s National carrier, Air Pacific, is making it possible for New Zealanders to fly directly from Auckland to Suva from this week, with a new service commencing on Friday (2 July). Read more »

International Auckland to Suva Service

Press Release – Air Pacific

Fiji’s National carrier, Air Pacific, is making it possible for New Zealanders to fly directly from Auckland to Suva from this week, with a new service commencing on Friday (2 July). Read more »

Background Note: Fiji

Press Release – US Department of State – Background Note

Geography Area: 18,376 sq. km (7,056 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital –Suva (pop. 172, 948), Lautoka (pop. 52,742), Nadi (pop. 42,712). Terrain: Mountainous or varied. Climate: Tropical maritime. Read more »

Background Note: Tonga

Press Release – US Department of State – Background Note

Geography Area: 747 sq. km. (288 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital –Nuku’alofa (pop. 34,000). Terrain: 171 islands, mainly raised coral but some volcanic; 48 inhabited. Climate: Tropical, modified by trade winds. Warm season (December to May), cool season (May … Read more »

Wansolwara: Pacific Island representation at COP15 climate conference criticised

Thousands of people took to the streets in 2009 in New Zealand and other Pacific nations, urging decision makers to back climate change reduction policies. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace NZ.)

Pacific Scoop:
Wansolwara Report – By Dawn Gibson, in Suva.

With some Pacific Island countries reportedly at risk of extinction due to sea-level rise, the Copenhagen Conference of Parties (COP15) was a waste of time, mainly due to a lack of good representation from the Pacific region.

These were the sentiments expressed by panel members at the Post Copenhagen Forum in Suva recently.

The Forum, titled “The Copenhagen (Dis)agreement!? Climate Joke or Climate Justice?” was hosted by the Pacific Regional Non-governmental Organisations (PRNGO) and the Fiji National University (FNU). Read more »

Allied accuses Hanover of breach, plans lawsuit

Article – Businesswire

June 30 (BusinessWire) – Allied Farmers Ltd., which took on the Hanover and United loan books in a debt-for-equity swap last year, has accused Hanover Finance of breaching their agreement and will take legal action against the failed finance vehicle of … Read more »

Media restrictions in Fiji analysed by Amnesty International

Commodore, Prime Minister, and chief restrictor of media freedom, Voreqe Bainimarama.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PMC Newsdesk.

Amnesty International has taken a staunch position against Fiji’s military government, stating that a new law that came into effect on June 25 will further restrict Fiji’s fourth estate from doing its job.

In the report Amnesty International states the new law delivers another blow to media in Fiji, and reasons that “Despite the Government’s amendment of the draconian draft decree, journalists can still be imprisoned for being critical of the Government”. The Fiji Times has also been given an ultimatum to get rid of its owner Rupert Murdoch or be shut down. Read more »

Open letter to MSG leaders

Press Release – Australia West Papua Association

The Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), is writing to you concerning the issue of West Papua . The human rights situation in West Papua has continued to deteriorate since the last Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit with ongoing human rights … Read more »

Woodstock School wins Samoan Language Week Award

Press Release – UNESCO

Woodstock Primary School’s week-long celebration of the Samoan language has seen the Hamilton school win the inaugural Air NZ Award for Best Samoan Language Week Event 2010. Read more »

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