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Archive for July, 2010

AUT offers Pacific journalism diploma for 2011

Vaimoana Tapaleao (pictured centre) welcomed news that AUT is establishing a Graduate Diploma In Pacific Journalism for 2011. She is pictured with Maori TV's Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox and the PMC's Dr David Robie. (File photo by Dominika White.)

Report – By PMC Newsdesk and Margo White for Pacific Media Centre Nius/Pacific Media Watch.

A prominent Pacific affairs reporter, Vaimoana Tapaleao, has welcomed news that AUT University will establish a Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism in 2011.

Vaimoana Tapaleao is a former journalism student with AUT University and is currently a reporter with the New Zealand Herald. She said while there is a shortage of Pacific reporters in New Zealand the good news is something is being done about that.

“There is a definite need for something like this and for it to be brought in at a tertiary level is really exciting,” Vaimoana Tapaleao said. Read more »

Somare Survives after PNG Speaker forces Parliament into recess until November

Sir Michael Somare fielding questions from the crowd at Auckland University in May 2010. (Photo by Jess Harkins.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Selwyn Manning.

UPDATED: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare survived being ousted from power by political rivals this week after the Speaker of PNG’s Parliament forced The House into recess until November.

Opposition MPs successfully convinced PNG’s Parliamentary Committee that there was good reason to place a vote of no confidence before The House. But when Parliament was in session, the Speaker made a call for Parliament to go into recess. Observers said the majority of MPs objected to the move, but the Speaker ruled that the ayes have it.

At that point the Prime Minister Somare crossed the floor and made for the opposition benches, pointed at a rival MP, Sam Basil, and shouted in pidgin: “I am going to kill you outside.” Read more »

New Caledonia’s future up to Caledonians to decide – French Prime Minister Fillon

New Caledonia's Kanaky flag. (Image sourced from Wiki Commons.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Virginie Ribadeau Dumas, in Auckland.

French Prime Minister François Fillon travelled downunder as part of a Pacific tour that also included Japan, where he tried to reassure Japanese investors about the state of French economy and the stability of the euro zone. He then flew down to New Caledonia for a three-day visit that might be influential for the island’s future.

The French Prime Minister’s visit to New Caledonia occurred three weeks after a meeting took place in Paris between those loyal to France, those supporting independence, and those from New Caledonia who support a common destiny. Read more »

New IFJ Action to Strengthen Media Freedom in the Pacific

Press Release:
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is pleased to announce
a new project in the Pacific designed to strengthen the role of media
workers and press freedom advocates in defending and promoting human
rights and fundamental freedoms in the region.

Media for Democracy and Human Rights in the Pacific, which is supported
by the European Union and UNESCO, aims to bring together an enduring
coalition of organisations and individuals who will jointly promote and
defend rights related to freedom of the media, freedom of expression,
access to information and the right to free association. Read more »

Fiji’s Attorney General attacks foreign media ‘gutter journalism’

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (pictured) is the Fiji military regime's Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Electoral Reform, Public Enterprises & Anti-Corruption, Industry, Tourism, Trade and Communications. (Photo courtesy of the Government of Fiji.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Roland Koroi.

Australia and New Zealand media organizations are practicing ‘gutter journalism’ says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments after articles were published in Australia and New Zealand over the weekend claiming the ‘recent’ removal of five Fiji Magistrates.

The Attorney General says this is not true and is typical of the negative campaign currently being waged by foreign media against Fiji.

“The word news means something that is new and you are trying to relay that information. What they are talking about is definitely not news. It’s something that happened over a period of time. It obviously is an example of how biased and partisan the Australian and NZ media organizations are. Read more »

West Papua advocates urge Pacific leaders to act on human rights abuses

Press release: Australia West Papua Association (Sydney).

AWPA calls on the PIF countries to put West Papua on its agenda as a regional issue of concern

The 41st Pacific Islands Forum will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu between 3-6 August. Read more »

PNG Media Council CEO Nimo Kama appointed as PINA VP

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) is undergoing change with several key members having left in recent weeks.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Stanley Simpson.

Papua New Guinea Media Council chief executive officer Nimo Kama has been appointed the new vice president of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

Kama beat Fiji Sun editor Leone Cabenitabua by 11 votes to 5 for the position.

He will replace John Woods of Cook Islands who resigned earlier this year over differences with the PINA board’s stand on the situation in Fiji. Read more »

Fiji Times to pay Vayeshnoi $50,000

Former Fiji Labour Party Minister, Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi. (Photo courtesy of Fiji Times.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Stanley Simpson.

The Fiji Court of Appeal has ordered the Fiji Times newspaper to pay $50,000 in damages to former Fiji Labour Party Minister Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi after ruling that the Minister was defamed in 2001.

The Appeals Court ruled that the Fiji Times defamed Vayeshnoi by publishing a letter to the editor titled ‘The mouth returns’ where he was described as a coward and other allegedly insensitive comments were made about his personality. Read more »

French Prime Minister is the most senior political figure to visit New Caledonia in 12 years

François Fillon (pictured) will be the first prime minister to visit New Caledonia in 12 years. (Photo sourced from Wiki Creative Commons.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Virginie Ribadeau Dumas, internee at the PMC, Auckland.

French Prime Minister François Fillon is expected in New Caledonia on July 17th, 18th and 19th after a two-day visit in Japan. This is the most significant visit to New Caledonia from a prominent French political figure in over 12 years.

This visit is significant in that it will define the relationship between France and New Caledonia’s indigenous people in the post-millennium period, it will also provide opportunity to consider how New Caledonia’s loyalists and independents will embrace the island’s future. Read more »

Indonesia’s Jawa Pos – a remarkable success story

DetEksi to the rescue for Surabaya's youth market. (Photo: Jawa Pos.)

Pacific Scoop:
Feature Profile – By David Robie.

The publisher of all three major newspapers in West Papua is barely known in this part of the Pacific. Yet the Jawa Pos group is the largest media chain in Indonesia with 140 titles and 20 television stations under the “grand pen” umbrella.

Some brand Dahlan Iskan as a sort of Indonesian Rupert Murdoch entrepreneurial character, a former journalist who took control of the Jawa Pos in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya in 1982 and within five years had transformed the ailing daily – then selling a mere 6000 copies – into a thriving major newspaper with a circulation of more than 300,000. Read more »

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