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Timor Post – from nothing to success in 15 years

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Rosa Garcia, a senior journalist and editor of the Timor Post. Image: Wong Pei Ting

Pacific Scoop:
Commentary – By Bob Howarth in Dili

Timor-Leste’s media scene has blossomed and grown successfully in 15 years.

I have watched it grow and was lucky enough to be there on February 29, 2000, when the Timor Post printed its first edition… without a printing press.

My involvement started with a phone call from the University of Queensland in Brisbane when a group of Timorese journalists were completing a course in “post-conflict” reporting run by the former Reuters newsagency chief in war-ravaged Kosovo. Read more »

Indonesian foreign minister blocks PNG media questions on West Papua

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Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi with her PNG counterpart Rimbink Pato at the Port Moresby media conference yesterday. Image: PNG Today

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has arrived in Papua New Guinea at the start of a three-country tour through the Pacific, saying the aim of the trip is to strengthen relations with PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Radio Australia reported that the Indonesian and PNG foreign ministers barred reporters’ questions on West Papua at a media conference yesterday, but PNG Today newsweb reported that the PNG minister Rimbink Pato later spoke about the issue to local journalists.

According to Radio Australia, Rimbink Pato released a statement before the media conference, saying bilateral, regional and international issues would be discussed. Read more »

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Tony Abbott and John Key

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 28 February 2015 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders Meeting. Read more »

A decade of ensuring a world free from tobacco-related harms

Press Release – World Health Organisation

MANILA, 27 February 2015 As the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marks a decade of saving lives, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging governments and policy-makers to continue efforts to protect … Read more »

Select committees for the week 23 to 27 February

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

2013/14 Annual review of Careers New Zealand, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, Landcare Research, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited, Network for Learning, the New Zealand Forest Research … Read more »

Cricket, food and entertainment combine at Cultures Day

Press Release – Hastings District Council

Cricket, food and entertainment combine at International Cultures Day World Cup cricket and culture will combine in Cornwall Park, Hastings on International Cultures Day. The first of three world cup matches to be played at McLean Park takes place on Sunday … Read more »

Challenge to NZ after 10 years of global tobacco control

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition wants New Zealanders everywhere to mark the tenth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty by striking a blow against Big Tobacco. Read more »

Leaders ‘must act urgently’ over muzzling of free speech in Asia-Pacific, says AI

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Soldiers “rough up” a journalist under martial law after the coup in Thailand in May 2014. Image: DW

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Deutsche Welle

World leaders must act urgently to confront the changing nature of conflict and protect civilians from horrific violence by states and armed groups, urged Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

The paper provides an overview of human rights in 160 nations during 2014, including 29 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, where there has been a harsh crackdown on freedom of expression.

In a Deutsche Welle interview, Richard Bennett, AI’s Asia-Pacific director speaks about why his organisation believes the trend in human rights across Asia was regressive in 2014 and why the clampdown on freedom of expression will likely increase. Read more »

Recreating Bougainville war crimes with unflinching realism

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Pacific Scoop:
Commentary – By Kristian Lasslet

Mr Pip, a recent film set during the 1990s Bougainville war, deals with the disorienting impact of sudden trauma and the struggle survivors endure to break the subsequent bondage of grief.

This searching narrative is channelled through the character of Mr Watts, a British expatriate played by Hugh Laurie, who has assumed the improvised role of village schoolteacher in rural Bougainville.

Here Mr Watts develops a friendship with a young Bougainvillean student, Matilda, played by the extraordinary Xzannjah Matsi. Read more »

Australia drives record visitor arrivals

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up 3 percent in January 2015 (302,400), compared with January 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

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