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

ANALYSIS: By Kyle Delbyck of the TrialWatch Initiative Journalist Muhammad Asrul is awaiting word from Indonesia’s Supreme Court about whether he will spend further time...

By Jairo Bolledo in Manila A Philippine court has granted alternative news site Bulatlat’s plea to temporarily unblock its website citing constitutional press freedom rights. In...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk A new Aotearoa New Zealand book focusing on activists and their causes against militarism and for social struggles and climate...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Amnesty International and Civicus have called on the Fiji government to drop contempt of court charges against a lawyer in Fiji...

By Jairo Bolledo of Rappler in Manila Former Philippines vice-presidential candidate and Laban ng Masa chairperson Walden Bello has been arrested for two counts of...

By Rusiate Baleilevuka of Fijivillage in Suva “We need to scrap or reform the Media Industry Development Act.” This is one of the key recommendations in...

By Colin Peacock, RNZ Mediawatch presenter Two New Zealand government agencies have revealed mounting concern about the intensity and the impact of online misinformation --...

By Vijay Narayan of Fijivillage in Suva The Fiji Media Association has expressed concern about amendments to media laws that were passed in Parliament last...

RNZ Pacific The Solomon Islands government has prompted anger by ordering the censorship of the national broadcaster. The government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has forbidden...

By Murray Horton As I was having breakfast in my Christchurch suburban dining room on Monday morning, I heard a loud but indeterminate noise. I actually...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the censoring of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) as an "assault...

COMMENTARY: By Ajay Bhai Amrit in Suva Bula readers. As some of you might be aware, I am a member of various media bodies and...

By Vijay Narayan of Fijivillage People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka says a People’s Alliance government will scrap the draconian Media Industry Development Act and allow...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Frontline investigative articles on Aotearoa New Zealand’s 23-day Parliament protester siege, social media disinformation and Asia-Pacific media changes and adaptations are...

RNZ News TVNZ's head of news and current affairs, Paul Yurisich, has resigned after a review into the hiring of presenter Kamahl Santamaria. TVNZ released its...

EDITORIAL: By the PNG Post-Courier editor Matthew Vari For weeks, we have seen the election violence as it spread in horrific proportions around the Highlands...

By Colin Peacock, RNZ Mediawatch presenter Why did criticism of a modest sum spent on a single mini-documentary made two years ago suddenly spring up...

By Wanshika Kumar in Suva Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has called on local media to upskill their overseas counterparts in the wake of...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Anything concerning the Catholic Church is extremely sensitive in Timor-Leste, as Raimundos Oki, the editor of The Oekusi Post website can...

ANALYSIS: By T.J. Thomson, Queensland University of Technology; Julie McLaughlin, Queensland University of Technology, and Leah King-Smith, Queensland University of Technology Content warning: this article...

COMMENTARY: By Nick Rockel You’re watching mainstream media and you hear someone articulate a clearly thought through leftwing position with the pros and cons sensibly...

By Hayden Donnell, RNZ Mediawatch producer Covid has now killed around 1700 people in New Zealand, but much of our news reporting and commentary has focused on...