Thursday, June 30, 2011

[pima.nius] TONGAN KING TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND

11:41 AM |


TONGAN KING TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND
George Tupou V to meet with Key

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 29, 2011) – The King of Tonga is to make his first formal visit to New Zealand later this week.

King George Tupou the 5th arrives in Auckland on Saturday where he is to be met by prime minister John Key soon after his return from India.

No details of the trip have yet been made available but it is known he'll also visit Queenstown.

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com
Copyright © 2010 RNZI. All Rights Reserved

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[pima.nius] US to help Pacific on climate change issues

11:39 AM |

US to help Pacific on climate change issues

Updated June 30, 2011 17:02:52

The United States government says it will work closely with the smaller Pacific Island nations to help combat the effects of climate change and to improve food security.

The US Assistant Secretary for State for Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell said this in Port Moresby this morning at the end of a visit to Papua New Guinea.

It's part of the President Obama administration move to engage more with the Pacific in security, climate change issues and other areas important to them.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol
Speakers: Kurt Campbell, US Assistant Secretary for State for Pacific Affairs; Nisha Biswal, USAID's Assistant Administrator; Admiral Patrick Walsh is the Commander of US Pacific Fleet based in, Honolulu, Hawaii

NANOL: Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell says many small island countries in the Pacific are directly affected by climate change.

He says the United States wants to help such countries by engaging with them through several of its agencies like the US Defence, Navy and the International Development Agency - USAID to help minimise the impacts of climate change.

Kurt Campbell says the US will also support the agenda of clean energy alternatives to be discussed at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in New Zealand in September this year.

CAMPBELL: We all acknowledge the challenge facing the Pacific Islands in this regard is profound, and there is a clear recognition that some of these societies and island nations who have contributed nothing to the problem bear the tragic burden of the consequences. So we recognise the urgency and the importance of it and that's one of the reasons why USAID has made climate change a primary focus of its projects in the Pacific. And if I can just add one other thing, petrol prices are extraordinarily high because of the transport costs associated, but what's interesting is how little renewable energy capabilities you will see just on a regular basis as you go from nation to nation. And one of the things that we're going to try to do is to work with partners to try to focus more of our attention in this area. For instance we've seen some wonderful large buildings being built across the Pacific. We think some of those buildings are not very energy efficient and that we could potentially cooperate more with Australia and New Zealand, particularly with China on areas where we can invest more in clean technologies going forward, and that's going to be a focus of the United States at the upcoming �

NANOL: He says however, climate change legislation at the international level to combat global warming and for industrialised nations to reduce carbon emission remain very complicated issues.

CAMPELL: The politics of climate change in several of the industrialised democracies is very complicated and complex. Australia is facing enormous challenges as they go forward with their domestic legislation as has the United States. President Obama has stated clearly the fundamental nature of this challenge and he has established goals at the level of the executive branch where the United States needs to go. But I think there is a recognition that without the kind of international legal framework that it is difficult to make the kind of progress necessary, and I think you will see the United States over the course of the next several years trying to get more agreement among key states. One of the things that we found in Copenhagen and also Mexico City is that these global negotiations are extraordinarily cumbersome given all the different players.

NANOL: The United States Agency for International Development - USAID will open a regional office in Papua New Guinea to better serve countries in the Pacific region.

The agency has been engaged in the areas of HIV/Aids assistance in PNG, programs assisting women and girls and regional programs like the Coral Triangle Initiative which includes PNG and Solomon Islands.

USAID's Assistant Administrator, Nisha Biswal says the regional office will be based in Port Moresby to be closer to the region.

BISWAL: Previously we had managed our programs from Bangkok and Manila. But we find that the distances are too large to enable us to engage directly with the people and the governments and that we therefore in the very near future, in the next two months will be opening our regional office here in Port Moresby. And we will be expanding our programs, particularly in the area of global climate change. Some programs to strengthen regional organisations and their ability to address food security as it is impacted by climate change.

NANOL: The delegation was also accompanied by US Defence and Security officials.

Admiral Patrick Walsh is the Commander of US Pacific Fleet based in, Honolulu, Hawaii.

He says one of the challenges is to protect the fisheries and other natural resources for the people in the region including PNG.

WALSH: We talk about ways that we can protect the economic exclusion zones , ways that we can collaborate, ways that we can support each other because these are really the challenges that provide for quality of work and quality of life for people everywhere.

NANOL: Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell also met with PNG's Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal.

The US delegation's next stop is Palau to meet with President Johnson Toribiong and his government.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[pima.nius] PNG's retiring PM, Sir Michael Somare on politics in his homeland

12:33 PM |

PNG's retiring PM, Sir Michael Somare on politics in his homeland

Updated June 29, 2011 17:04:36

Well as we heard yesterday the family of Sir Michael Somare has decided to force political retirement on the man known as the father of Papua New Guinea.

The decision comes as Sir Michael remains in the intensive care unit of the Singapore Hospital he checked into in April for heart surgery.

Speaking in Port Moresby Sir Michael's Son Arthur made it clear that with his father incapacitated and unable to communicate, they were left with little choice.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney
Speakers: Arthur Somare; PNG PM Sir Michael Somare; Sir Rabbie Nanaliu, former PNG Prime Minister; Peter Donigi, PNG Constitutional lawyer; Radio Australia reporters, Caroline Tiriman, Pius Bonjui and Firmin Nanol


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[pima.nius] Pacific churches fundraising methods questioned

12:22 PM |

Pacific churches fundraising methods questioned

Updated June 28, 2011 08:09:12

Pacific Island churches in New Zealand are starting to change the way they raise funds from their members, because some families have gone into debt to loan sharks.

Efforts to curb the activities of loan sharks who promise easy cash but often charge enormous amounts of interest are underway, with a national summit on the issue being held in August.

Reverend Tavake Tupou, who heads an independent Tongan Methodist congregation in Auckland, says some Pacific families have given more money to their church than they can afford, because the names and amounts of donors are often read out in public.


Presenter:Bruce Hill
Speaker:Reverend Tavake Tupou, minister, independent Tongan Methodist congregation, Auckland,


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[pima.nius] SBS documentary on Mining/ Bouganville

12:20 PM |



Bula vinaka,

 

Sharing a documentary by Dateline SBS on mining in Bouganville. Dateline is a multi-award winning international current affairs program, presented by Mark Davis and Yalda Hakim, and shown on SBS TV in Australia and online worldwide.

 

 

To view the programme click on this link - http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/601246/n/Blood-and-Treasure

 

 

To view the transcript click on this link -  http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/transcript/id/601246/n/Blood-and-Treasure

 

Cheers,

 

 

Ms Reama Naco

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Pacific Network on Globalisation

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Phone : +679 3316722

Website : www.pang.org.fj

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[pima.nius] Sir Michael Somare retires from politics

12:19 PM |

Sir Michael Somare retires from politics

Updated June 28, 2011 17:05:53

Papau New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is to leave politics and step down as Prime Minister, effective immediately due to ill health.

The 75 year old is retiring after almost 50 years in active political life.

Sir Michael has undergone two corrective operations following major heart surgery in April at the Raffles International Hospital in Singapore.

His son, PNG's Minister of State Enterprises Arthur Somare says the decision for Sir Michael to retire was taken collectively by his family.

It's not known when parliament will meet to choose his successor.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Port Moresby reporter, Firmin Nanol

NANOL: Arthur Somare just told a press conference and he's talking to the media. He just announced that the family, Arthur Somare's family wished to say that Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has retired and he's retiring from politics after 50 years in active politics, so yes he has announced his retirement from politics.

HILL: So that takes effect immediately?

NANOL: That takes effect immediately, but Arthur went on to mention that his condition is very uncertain, he cannot talk or communicate with him or the family, so this announcement is the wish of the family for Sir Michael Somare to recover in his own time, and these measures cannot be communicated to him, it's very uncertain, he's in a situation where he cannot talk or understand. So that's the wish of the family, they're making a public declaration that Sir Michael retire and that he recover at this own pace.

HILL: Did Arthur Somare go into any more details about his father's condition of health, chances of recovery, that sort of thing?

NANOL: He said that last he was going to come out of the intensive care unit at the Raffles hospital in Singapore. But now he is still at the ICU, he cannot say when he's going to come out, he said his condition is at the moment he cannot talk or understand, it is very uncertain, and he does not know how long it will take for him to recover after heart surgery, and then he went into two corrective surgeries and for a 75 year old man it will take some long time. And even the doctors were not able to say how long he will take to recover.

HILL: What's the effect of Sir Michael Somare, the Prime Minister, being in hospital in this condition for so long? What impact has that had on the running of Papua New Guinea? Has the country been able to be administered properly while he's been out of action?

NANOL: Yes well when he was in hospital and after he was suspended from leadership � for 14 days, he appointed Sam Abal, his deputy, and when his condition worsened he also appointed him as the acting Prime Minister, and the country's running well under him. Sam Abal's been making some cabinet reshuffles. But with his retirement now there are political and legal implications with his retiring as the party leader of the ruling National Alliance Party, and under the constitution when the PM retires parliament needs to convene and elect a new prime minister. So his announcement definitely will spark both political and legal implications in the country.

HILL: So parliament will elect a new prime minister, is that right? There won't be fresh elections or anything, it'll be done by the members of parliament?

NANOL: Definitely by the members of parliament, but it will follow the processes, parliament has been adjourned to August this year, and Arthur Somare said when we � he will not be talking about the political leadership of the party or the PM's question, let the processes in place, let the acting prime minister and the legal processes and administrative processes in place and they will take care of that. All their concerns is about their father and his health and at this point in time he cannot be � to be active and they're not sure whether he's going to recoup well and come back. So they are leaving that to the hands of the normal legal political and administrative processes in the country to replace the parliamentary party leadership of the National Alliance Party, and if need be for the election of a new prime minister.

HILL: Firmin it's a journalistic clich� but with Sir Michael Somare now stepping down, it is very much the end of an era isn't it, he led the country to independence in 1975?

NANOL: It's been a legacy. It's been a political history in this country. He has been the longest serving politician in any Commonwealth country, most of that time for 15 or 20 years he has been the prime minister. And he has never fallen down from political opponents. Only the illness that got him down and he has retired. But yes, Bruce you're right, many people think of him as the father of the nation, the man who led the country through the good and bad times since independence, and has left it in the hands of one of his lieutenants in Sam Abal, and others that he has groomed. So surely yes, it has been a landmark achievement for the Somare family and Sir Michael himself as a politician that he has been in this office for more than 40 years.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

[pima.nius] New Public service broadcasters network a positive sign: PFF

1:25 PM |

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Colleagues, the www.pacificfreedomforum.org site has been updated with
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networks.

Sunday, June 26,  2011
PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS -- A newly-formed Pacific regional
network for Public Service Broadcasters is a positive move for the
industry and Pacific audiences, says regional media monitoring network
the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF.
State-owned broadcasters from Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the
Solomon Islands launched the new group from their inaugural meeting in
Port Vila this month.
"The history of Pacific media and public information has its roots in
Public service broadcasting and this move from government stakeholders
is a sign that public service broadcasting is getting some renewed
attention," says PFF acting chair Monica Miller, of American Samoa.
"Public service broadcasting is people-service broadcasting, and has a
special mandate to ensure it gives voice and participation to the
silent," she says.
Market competition from commercial broadcasters, shrinking revenues
for program production, staffing and technical standards, and
resources to handle the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting
are key priorities for the new network.
"We especially welcome any moves to address the levels of public
confidence in state-owned media through guidelines and protocols which
better define the roles of managing boards, and limit government
interference," says Miller.
"Our news colleagues in public service broadcasters receive the same
media ethics and news training as their colleagues anywhere else. It's
important that we are all clear on standards, rights and
rresponsibilities so they are able to maintain editorial independence
as the best way to serve the public interest. And they should be able
to do so without second guessing how political leaders may react to
their work, and the flow on impacts for their jobs and families," she
says.
"PFF looks forward to working with the new group to help strengthen
free expression by Pacific people via the media systems which are
managed in their interest," she says.--ENDS.


CONTACT: PFF Acting Chair Monica Miller | KHJ Radio | American Samoa
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of expression and be served by a free and independent media. We
believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the
vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our
leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments
to good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is
monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

[pima.nius] News from the Vanuatu MAV/TIV/IFJ Ethics and Monitoring Workshop -- see attached.

12:36 PM |

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Vanuatu Ethics and monitoring workshop attached info.

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[pima.nius] Media arrangements for 42nd Pacific Islands Forum, Auckland NZ, 6 -9 September 2011

12:35 PM |

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Dear All

 

Here are the arrangements for the media for the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 6 – 9 September 2011. Please remember media accreditation is the sole responsibility of the host, which in this case is the Government of New Zealand. If you are intending on covering the 42nd PIF, please follow the information contained in this attached advice. My advice is that you do it as soon as possible because there is pressure on accommodation in Auckland because of the Rugby World  Cup.

 

Please pass the advice to your other colleagues which you think might be planning on covering the 42nd PIF

 

 

Regards

 

Johnson Honimae

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Phone 679 331 2600

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Message from SPREP on the International Day of the Seafarer

6/24/2011

FileOn Wednesday 15 June 2011, seven traditional double-hulled vaka (sailing canoes) arrived safely in the warm harbours of the Big Island of Hawaii after 59 days of sailing some 6,500 nautical miles from Aotearoa (New Zealand) via Tahiti and the Marquesas. These Pacific Voyagers bring messages of urgency regarding the plight of the ocean and the need to take strong measures to reduce species loss, maintain fish stocks and minimise impacts of ocean acidification.

Even as we recognise the great efforts of these 120 individuals, we at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) wish to also pay tribute to all seafarers everywhere, in recognition of International Day of the Seafarer, being observed on 25 June.

International Day of the Seafarer, sponsored by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), has been set aside in honour of the 1.5million individuals who have made seafaring their livelihood. According to the IMO, 90% of the world's trade is conducted via shipping. In the Pacific there are 11 maritime training institutes producing hundreds of seafarers every year. Although the number of Pacific island seafarers may be small in the global context, their employment on foreign-flag vessels contributes significant economic benefits to small island nations such as Kiribati and Tuvalu. Many of these seafarers spend significant portions of their lives at sea, leaving behind loved ones and often working in extremely difficult circumstances.

Technology, even on a traditional voyaging vessel, allows today's seafarer access to the internet, voice calls and photo streaming. Global positioning systems provide direction in place of stars and sextants and one is seldom without some contact with land.

But the life of the seafarer continues to be a lonely and, at times, dangerous one. The only human contact is with fellow members of the crew. Out there on the unpredictable ocean, the individual is vulnerable, not only to the forces of nature but, at times to the darker side of human nature. The IMO, in partnership with the International Labour Organisation, is working to ensure that seafarers have the right to working conditions equitable with people on shore. International Day of the Seafarer is an opportunity to raise awareness on such issues.

It is also an opportunity to remind us of the role of the seafarer as stewards of the ocean. Ships have the potential to contribute to great swathes of pollution in the ocean – garbage, sewage, ballast water and oil could all easily make their way into the ocean with huge negative consequences for marine species and the economies and health of our small islands. Seafarers must adhere to conventions and protocols established to guide good practice in waste disposal and dealing with crises resulting in oil spills.

This 25 June, we take the opportunity to say thank to those among the world's seafarers who, like the Pacific Voyagers, have committed to protecting the ocean. We say thank you for respecting our marine creatures, thank you for using alternative sources of waste disposal, thank you for being good ambassadors for the ocean.

We urge all users of the ocean to practice good stewardship of this very special part of our Pacific heritage.

Photo: Copyright Stuart Chape, image of the Hine Moana and crew, 2010

New agreement gives hope for Pacific birdlife

6/18/2011

FileThe BirdLife International Pacific Partnership and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will strengthen the two organisations' efforts to work on joint conservation objectives across the region.

"This is an important document for our future collaboration", said David Sheppard - Director of SPREP. "By focusing on specific area of cooperation, the MoU will make more effective use of the respective capacities and strengths of both our organisations.

SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. Its mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific islands region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve the environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations".

The MoU acknowledges that the Pacific region has more threatened bird species per unit of land area or per person than any other region in the world, and the most extinctions.

"Birds have long been recognised as effective indicators of biodiversity condition and concerns", said Don Stewart – Director for the BirdLife Pacific Partnership. "It is the stated aim of SPREP and BirdLife that no more bird species must be allowed to become extinct in the Pacific region, and that the conservation status of threatened birds must be improved".

The revised MoU seeks to enhance co-operation between Birdlife and SPREP to achieve the following joint objectives:

• Collaborate on delivering conservation action to improve the status of the globally threatened species and the status of Important Bird Areas within the Pacific region.
• Collaborate in the implementation of the "Invasive Species Management Guidelines for the Pacific".
• Extend to each other standing invitations to be represented by observers at appropriate meetings, including the annual SPREP Meeting and the biannual BirdLife Pacific Partnership Meetings and to co-sponsor relevant meetings.
• Keep respective memberships informed of co-operative activities undertaken pursuant to the MOU.

The MoU was signed on Monday 13th June in Suva, Fiji.

Image of a Golden Plover in Samoa, a migratory bird that travels annually to the Pacific region from Alaska to feed and develop their summer plumage before migrating back home


 

SPREP in the NEWS

 


Ministries and Community Unites for the Plight of Tonga's Turtles

 

Ministries.jpg23 June 2011:  Representatives from various sectors of the community and around the Kingdom attended a workshop in early June focused on turtle conservation in the Pacific. The workshop was facilitated by Lui Bell from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). continued…

  

 


SPC and SPREP Ready to Assist Response to Marovo Marine Life Deaths

 

23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) have pointed out that they are stand ready to assist the Solomon Islands government's response to the large-scale deaths of marine animals in Marovo Lagoon. This was confirmed by Mia Rimon, Coordinator, Solomon Islands Country Office. She said the death of all marine life, including fish and deep dwelling marine life never before seen by villagers, in parts of the lagoon was first noticed on 3 June along with discolouration of the sea. continued... [Related news]

 


SPREP Congratulates Resort for "Walking the Talk" with World Oceans Day Activity

 

SPREP congratulates.jpg14 June 2011:  Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa staff and volunteers from the Cuvu District School Environment Club potted and planted more than 300 mangrove seedlings and made two fish houses to mark World Ocean Day that was celebrated globally on Wednesday 8th June. Twenty eight students from the Cuvu Environment club were split into two groups to take part in the fun filled activities led by Marine Manager, Ms. Mereoni Mataika. The event was held over three hours with mini quizzes which saw each student going home with a prize, mangrove potting along the Yanuca eastern coast and fish house building. To end the day, the children were hosted to refreshments provided by the Resort and a prize giving ceremony for quiz winners.  continued…

 


Vanuatu Launches the Pacific Year of the Dugong (PYOD) Campaign

 

pyod_Logo_200.jpg6 June 2011:   The Vanuatu Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Steven Kalsakau, launched the Vanuatu PYOD campaign on Monday 6 June 2011. The launched was held at the Vanuatu Kultural Senta, and was attended by representatives from various Government Departments and NGOs.  The launch was together with the launching of a book, "Santo 2006", produced by IRD ('Institut de recherche pour le développement) Noumea. The book entails a "ridge to reef" research project conducted on Vanuatu's biggest island, Espiritu Santo, in 2006. The project involved many Government agencies in Vanuatu. The Vanuatu PYOD launch was also on "World Environment Day" June 6.  The Vanuatu Department of Environment is working with the Department of Fisheries on activities, including school awareness programme, for the second half of the year. The questionnaire-based dugong survey is also being conducted through-out Vanuatu involving Peace Corp Volunteers for the outer Islands.  continued… [PYOD Website] [PYOD on FACEBOOK]

 


Latest SPREP Publications

 

PACPOL Strategy 2010-2014 - Summary for Policy Makers (Brochure)

 

Pacpol strategy summary_brochure.jpg  Click here to download a copy

 

International Pollution Regulations – Disposal of all plastic into the sea is Prohibited (Sticker)

 

prohibited sticker.jpg Click here to download a copy

 


 

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[pima.nius] NiusBEATPacific Media Newsletter, June 23, 2011

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Pacific Media Newsletter

 

June 23, 2011

 

Welcome to the Pacific e-bulletin of happenings, events, information and resources for Pacific journalists and media practitioners. Follow the latest news on media and development trends, people on the move, agency and regional organisation news and more. This regional media newsletter is aimed at keeping readers in touch with the 'Niusbeat' in our Pacific community.

 

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Inaugural Pacific media freedom report updates: Writers for the first ever regional media freedom report, to be launched later this year as part of the IFJ Pacific Media Human Rights and Democracy Regional Roundtable in Honiara, are beginning the work and research involved on assessing the context and situation of media workers and freedom of expression in Pacific countries. Report writers from all subregions of the Pacific have stepped up to register interest and contributions are welcome.

 

Contact: IFJ Project Co-ordinator Lisa Williams-Lahari via lisa.lahari@gmail.com

 

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Media regionalism: Public broadcasters launch new regional network: The lion's share of Pacific broadcasters launched a new regional media group with the voice of a mouse this month in Vanuatu. Public broadcasters representing the largest audience share in the region have decided to claim their own networking space and launch a new regional Pacific Public Broadcasters Association (PBA). State-owned national broadcasters from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga and the Solomon Islands met to discuss content, technical and engineering development issues. Among other agenda items such as access to funding, viability and commercial pressures confronting state-owned public service broadcasters, participants noted their lack of voice and representation as a regional body. While it sorts through its founding strategies and structure, the PBA is led by Tonga Broadcasting board chair Eseta Fusitu'a and General Manager of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Cornelius Rathamana. As they say in broadcasting, stay tuned for more.

 

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On the MAP—regional code of ethics, regional media database take priority: Still on media regionalism, a new Media Alliance of Pacific networks, dubbed MAP, launched in May from Samoa's UNESCO Pacific World Press Freedom Day event. Hosted by the National University of Samoa's Journalism program, the event was facilitated by Australia's Media Alliance federal president Peter Lewis and Pacific media specialist Ulafala Aiavao. Network leaders from the fledgling Pacific Alliance of Development Journalists (PAD-J), the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), the Pasifika Media Association (PasiMA), the Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA), and the Pacific WAVE Media Network are the starting point for MAP. PAD-J network leader Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson was nominated as the lead contact for the group and confirmed in their launch statement that the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and other evolving media networks in the region are welcome to join. A Pacific regional code of ethics and regional media database for Pacific journalists and media workers are two top targets for the new alliance. The inaugural regional media networks meeting for the Pacific, aimed at promoting dialogue and partnership, was organised by the IFJ Pacific Project co-ordinator Lisa Williams-Lahari with support from UNESCO Pacific and AusAID's Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, PacMAS.

 

Contact Cherelle Jackson here: Samoanwriter@yahoo.com

See: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31372&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

 

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PNG, Vanuatu take the lead on media monitoring/ethics work – On the heels of completing the a national media monitoring workshop for journalists in Papua New Guinea under the IFJ Pacific Media, Human Rights and Democracy Project, media consultant and journalist Titi Gabi travelled to Vanuatu this week to conduct training designed to increase awareness of violations of journalists' rights and establish networks that can issue alerts and increase monitoring skills. The Vanuatu national workshop, organised by Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu (MAV) in collaboration with Transparency International Vanuatu, also focused on increasing awareness on codes of ethics, with the IFJ project concentrating on supporting the incorporation of media rights monitoring.

 

Contact: Cathy Nunn, MAV Administration and Advocacy volunteer via nunn.cat@gmail.com

 

See: http://www.pacificfreedomforum.org/2011/06/pff-welcomes-ethics-focus-in-vanuatu.html

 

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PacMAS jobs, July 1 deadline: Time is running out to apply for positions on the AusAID Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PacMAS), which has been redesigned and is tipped to launch soon. Program Manager and Program Officer positions are both based in Vanuatu. Want to strengthen media capacity, innovation and regional cooperation by fostering regional media development?

 

See:

Program Manager Position: http://abcinternationalprojects.net.au/pacmas-program-manager-vanuatu

Program Officer Position: http://abcinternationalprojects.net.au/pacmas-program-officer-vanuatu

 

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Freedom of expression online: Internet access is a human right, and efforts by states to control the internet and regulate it undermine freedom of expression. If you agree, a new global declaration on freedom of expression on the internet will come as good news. It provides a timely set of standards to help guide legislators, judges and civil society groups grapple with the difficult question of how to preserve freedom of expression online. Most of the document, prepared with the assistance of IFEX members the Centre for Law and Democracy and ARTICLE 19, sets out detailed standards regarding freedom of expression and the internet, and includes a call on states to walk the talk and promote universal access – something already mentioned in the regional Digital Strategy for the Pacific Plan on regional development.

 

See: http://www.forumsec.org.fj/resources/uploads/attachments/documents/Pacific%20Regional%20Digital%20Strategy.pdf

 

www.law-democracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/11.06.Joint-Declaration.Internet.pdf

 

Contact: Toby Mendel Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy via toby@law-democracy.org

 

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Producer rights up in air after Palau copyright ruling: Palau Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong ruled this month in favour of Sen. Alfonso Diaz in a copyright infringement charges filed by Roll 'Em Productions. The Senator's broadcasting company, which runs Medal Belau TV, aired a video produced by Roll 'Em which was commissioned by government of Palau to highlight government projects in 2008. Diaz aired the video on his station and cut off the end credits which would have showed who the program was produced by. Roll 'Em sent Diaz an invoice in the amount of $2,047.50 as broadcast license fees but his refusal to pay set the copyright infringement case in motion.  In coverage of the judgement by Tia Belau on June 6, Roll 'Em had claimed that in broadcasting the CIP video, "defendants violated plaintiffs' exclusive right to display the video publicly. Plaintiff also alleged that by playing the video without showing the credits, defendants violated their moral rights and they sought declaratory, injunctive relief and damages. But the seven-page ruling by the Chief Justice ruled that Roll 'Em has no case because "they have neither economic nor moral rights under the Copyright Act." It noted that under the law in Palau, the person who ordered or commissioned the work is the copyright owner.

 

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Media ethics training available – no travel needed: Pacific journalists can join colleagues around the globe this month for an online J-Ethinomics course starting on June 27. Organised by the Centre for International Media Ethics (CIME), this no-fee, five-day activity is open to both media professionals and students interested in media ethics issues. Participants can log in at any time of the day, and must log in at least four days out of the five and also complete all the daily assignments, which are expected to take about an hour each. Participants will 'blog' their assignments under their profiles. Interested?

Contact: CIME public relations associate Simona Campidano simona@cimethics.org

See: www.cimethics.org .

 

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Monitoring Pacific media freedom – Vanuatu spotlight:  The Pacific media monitoring radar in May highlighted new progress and challenges stemming from the drawn out investigations into the March 4 assault of Vanuatu Daily Post publisher Marc Neil Jones. Police investigators were treading on sensitive ground – the allegations of the widely-reported and globally condemned assault against a group of men who confronted Neil Jones at his offices in the Daily Post premises involve cabinet minister Harry Iauko – who's since been toppled along with the Kilman government in the latest leadership stoush, with Edward Natapei returned as interim Prime Minister. The case, involving a list of charges against Iauko and seven other men, is due to be heard by the Magistrates Court in Vanuatu on June 28.

See: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/sites/default/files/file_bin/201105/Neil-JonesMediaFreedomspeech_3May11.pdf

 

Media on the move: Regional media leadership is on the move with UNESCO's Office for the Pacific welcoming its new Communications Adviser Gunther Cyranek and farewelling Paul Hector, who heads to UNESCO HQ in Paris where his predecessor Abel Caine has spent his first year in his new ICT's-related position. Pacific WAVE Media Network coordinator Ulamila Wragg steps out from her founding leadership of the Pacific women in media network to remain an ordinary member while she takes on founding leadership of another regional network on Pacific Climate Change and Gender. Fellow founding member Lisa Williams-Lahari is taking up the interim co-ordination role of WAVE in the meantime. And in media freedom circles, netiquette issues sparked the resignation of columnist Susuve Laumaea as the founding chair of the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF. PFF co-chair Monica Miller of American Samoa continues in her role while the process for nominations and terms of reference for the co-chairs are refined. PINA vice-president and Media Council PNG Executive Director Nimo Kama was stood down from his post in mid-May, according to a statement by Media Council of PNG President Joe Kanekane, who also announced the appointment of Lavui Bala as acting executive director of the council. Over in Vanuatu, the ABC's Francis Herman is doing the farewell rounds as he completes his work for the Vois Blong Yumi project with Vanuatu Broadcasting and TV. Herman will based in Melbourne for the ABC from July. In the Solomons, another regional information post shutdown – this time at the Forum Fisheries Agency in Honiara - means that Anouk Ride returns to her freelancing and media consultancies. Ride is leading media services for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA, as part of her freelance work. Fiji Sun publisher and CEO Peter Lomas announced a series of appointments of University of South Pacific graduates to key roles as part of continuing growth of the daily. With Saturday editions of up to 188 pages, the Sun now publishes the region's biggest newspapers. Under the appointments, experienced broadcast and print editor Epineri Vula moves from the Fiji Times to be deputy editor/production of the Sun while internal appointments see Sudeshna Prasad promoted to North manager based in Labasa and responsible for all the Northern Division and Ilisapeci Marama promoted to Bula Sun/Travel and Lifestyle editor in charge of tourism publications. The Bula Sun is a tourist-focused daily edition going into hotels, on cruise boats and on Air Pacific/Pacific Sun flights. Still in Fiji, MAI Life magazine publisher and photographer Judith Wragg faces the painful end of a media dream as the magazine is forced onto the market because of cross-media ownership clauses in Fiji's Media Decree. Husband Richard Broadbridge will continue as owner of MAI TV as the company lets go of the monthly magazine, launched only a few years ago. On other Fiji media leaders, PINA's coordinator Matai Akauola joins the media freedom council of the global monitoring body, the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX). See http://www.flickr.com/photos/63060154@N05/5792570097/in/photostream/ . In Tonga, former broadcast journalist Heti Fifita starts her new job as Parliamentary Editor at the Legislative Assembly of Tonga. Fifita exited TBC shortly after being shuffled from news reporting to marketing in Tonga Broadcasting in 2009 after her coverage of the Ashika enquiry described to Tonga's audiences how former Prime Minister Fred Sevele went red in the face during questioning.

 

There's always new moves in Pacific media - let us know by dropping a line to lisa.lahari@gmail.com - our best Niusbeat wishes go out to all of our Pacific media colleagues who are taking their work in new directions.

 

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Pacific media meets in 2011: Just when you thought the three upcoming regional media meets for the Pacific were providing a rather busy schedule, add one more. Apart from the AIBD Pacific media partnerships meeting in Port Moresby this August, the IFJ Pacific Regional Roundtable in Honiara this September and the PINA Pacific Media Summit this November in Port Moresby, Pacific area newspaper publishers are preparing for a Sydney meeting in August. The PANPA Future Forum, will run from August 18-19 at Darling Harbour and will include the 2011 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Gala Dinner and feature plenary sessions and master classes for newsroom management, journalism, photography, sales and marketing, and print and production. Media trends and challenges will also be covered during the Forum. Pacific members to PANPA include news outlets in Fiji, Guam, NZ and Australia.

See: http://panpa.org.au/2011/01/10/2011-panpa-future-forum-and-newspaper-of-the-year-awards/

 

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Verbatim: "To you all my colleagues, let me ask us all to be visionary, let's be inclusive, let's be positive ….Let's go back home with so much positivity and enthusiasm to develop and better our Pacific journalists, our very own Pacific media, our very own Pacific people, our very own Pacific future." – Ulamila Wragg, founding coordinator of the Pacific WAVE Media Network, at the Inaugural Media Networks summit in Apia, Samoa 2-4 May 2011. 

 

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On the NIUSbeat: Got something you want to share with other Pacific newshounds and media workers? Want to guest-edit a NIUSbeat edition? Feel there's something missing or want to contribute under any of the above headings? Drop the NIUSbeatPACIFIC editor a line at lisa.lahari@gmail.com  

 

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