Former PNG PM worried about laws to curb media, freedom of speech

The Papua New Guinea Government plans to introduce laws to curb free speech and freedom of the press, former prime minister Peter O’Neill says. In a statement, O’Neill said the same law would jail any journalist or

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Iroga optimistic on Solomon Islands media sector

A veteran Solomon Islands journalist says the country’s media industry is vibrant and amongst the most independent in the region. Robert Iroga, founder and publisher of Solomons Business Magazine recently told

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Solomon Islands newspaper promised to ‘promote China’ in return for funding: OCCRP

A major newspaper in Solomon Islands received nearly US$140,000 in funding from the Chinese government in return for pledges to “promote the truth about China’s generosity and its true intentions to help develop”

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Uludong denies claims on Palau media deal

The publisher of Palau’s Tia Belau newspaper has vehemently denied that a deal with Chinese investors was an “espionage plan… to take over Palau and the rest of the Pacific.” Responding to an article by the

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Failed Palau Media Deal reveals inner workings of China’s Pacific influence effort

For years, Moses Uludong has been a lonely voice pushing the small, strategically located Pacific island nation of Palau towards closer relations with China, says the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

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Niue’s only newspaper turns 30

Last month marks the 30th anniversary since the first issue of Niue Star was published on the 11th of June 1993.  The family owned newspaper is the pride of Michael and Halosi Jackson of Hakupu.  BCN News spoke

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Masiu: Free media must always be the pinnacle of democracy

Papua New Guinea Minister for Communication & Information Technology, Timothy Masiu, has again assured that the anticipated PNG Media Development Policy is not meant to ban or regulate media. His latest comments

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Comparing media law in Fiji and PNG

This piece is the third in a series that addresses media freedom in Papua New Guinea. In this part, the authors compare a media law that was in place in Fiji for years with a proposed media policy in PNG this year.

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Death of a newspaper

The closure of New Caledonia’s only daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes highlights the commercial and political challenges facing media across the Pacific. The death of a newspaper strikes hard — and not

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Samoa in press freedom’s top 20

Samoa has jumped into the top 20 in the latest press freedom index released by the global group Reporters Without Borders out of 180 countries and territories assessed. It is one of only two Pacific nations in the top

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PINA challenges Pacific countries to follow Fiji’s lead and repeal media legislation

The repeal of Fiji’s draconian media law, known as the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) Act 2010, should act as a signpost for other Pacific countries who have regulated their media through legislation.

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PNG Communication Minister Masiu denies ‘control of media’

Papua New Guinea’s Communication Minister Timothy Masiu has hit back at reports termed as inaccurate over the control of media in Papua New Guinea from his ministerial statement in Parliament. Masiu said it was

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