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Pacific Media Watch is compiled for the Pacific Media Centre as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Paris-based global media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned yesterday's arrest of Maria Ressa, editor of the independent...

By RNZ Pacific A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region (West Papua) has won an international film...

By Mata'afa Keni Lesa, editor of the Samoa Observer It’s all happening in Samoa today. For such a small country, there really is no dull moment. With...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Samoan anti-government blogger Malele Paulo has been arrested, reports RNZ Pacific. Malele, who uses the pseudonym "King Faipopo", was held in police...

Anote's Ark trailer By RNZ Pacific A Canadian film about climate change in Kiribati and the Pacific has won the top prize at the 16th Pacific...

By Marguerite Afra Sapiie in Jakarta Indonesian social media activist Permadi Arya has threatened to file a Rp 1 trillion (NZ$107 million) lawsuit against Facebook...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Indonesian police have apologised for wrapping a snake around an indigenous Papuan they suspected of theft, reports The Jakarta Post. A video...

By Dieqy Hasbi Widhana in Jakarta Indonesia's National Press Day (HPN), which falls on February 9 - yesterday, is a reminder of the murder of...

By Pauline Mago-King Seventeen women journalists from the Asia-Pacific region gathered in the Victorian capital of Melbourne this week to work on an empowerment strategy...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the latest "absurd charges" that the Philippine Justice Department is planning to bring against the...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on the Thai authorities to shed all possible light on the disappearance of Truong Duy...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Timor-Leste’s Press Council (TLPC) has strongly condemned political interference in the country’s public broadcasting service (RTTL) newsroom where political-appointed advisers for...

By Clifford Faiparik in Port Moresby National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop is pushing for Bougainville and West Papua to gain independence from Papua New...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia's most valuable literary prize for a...

By António Sampaio in Dili, Timor-Leste New debates in Timor-Leste are circulating about political interference in newsrooms. Attempts to condition or determine that somebody cannot...

By Philip Cass and Kalino Latu Tonga's abrupt communications blackout may last up to two weeks before the fibre optic submarine cable restores the internet...

By Mong Palatino of Global Voices Fiji’s Online Safety Act took effect this month amid concerns that it will be used to censor the internet. The...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Indonesian President Joko Widodo says a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings would only be released from jail...

Ousted Timorese RTTL television chief fought hard to prevent political pressure on his journalists. Video: RTTLEP Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The ousted president of Timor-Leste's public...

A new documentary Subject to Change, a collection of interviews and personal stories from across the Pacific, explores the impact of climate change. Video:...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk West Papuan rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly have been defended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner...

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Native Affairs journalist Iulia Leilua of Māori Television has won two major awards at the 2018 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards. Leilua is...