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Outrage as Solomon Islands government orders vetting of stories on national broadcaster

The Solomon Islands’ government has prompted outrage by ordering the censorship of the national broadcaster, forbidding it from publishing material critical of the government, which will vet all stories before broadcast. On Monday the government announced that the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC), a public service broadcaster established in 1976 by an act of parliament, would be brought under government...

UN Secretary General thanks Fiji PM for his leadership on climate change and other global issues

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has met with the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres where they discussed the need for greater urgency by the world’s leaders in tackling climate change, and accelerating COVID- 19 recovery efforts amongst other important global issues. At the meeting, Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked Secretary-General Guterres for his efforts to broker the export of wheat and...

Former PNG PM Peter O’Neill offers genuine Prime Minister contenders

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister and re-elected Ialibu Pangia MP Peter O’Neill has called out for any leaders who genuinely want to lead the country to put their hands up because he is willing to give his 100 percent support to them. O’Neill said in a statement that the country at this time need a Papua New Guinean who...

Peace is in our DNA as Pacific people – Fiji PM Bainimarama

Peace is in our DNA as Pacific people. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama made this comment as he reassured the Pacific Vuvale of his duty, as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), to urge the international system to make irreversible progress in eliminating nuclear weapons. The Prime Minister, while hosting the Pacific Community at the UN on the margins of the...

Pacific Island countries face catastrophic debt

The effects of climate change is causing Pacific Islands, including Fiji to experience what is termed “catastrophic debt”. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director Programmes & Initiatives, Zarak Khan said this is where countries are now engaged in a cycle of debt, where they have to borrow more to mitigate the impacts of climate change and pandemic on their economies. “So if...

Pacific nations are extraordinarily rich in critical minerals. But mining them may take a terrible toll

By Nick Bainton, Emilka Skrzypek Plundering the Pacific for its rich natural resources has a long pedigree. Think of the European companies strip-mining Nauru for its phosphate and leaving behind a moonscape. There are worrying signs history may be about to repeat, as global demand soars for minerals critical to the clean energy transition. This demand is creating pressure to...

Fijian Eileen Cikamatana makes history with weightlifting gold for Australia

At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Eileen Cikamatana won weightlifting gold for Fiji. Four years later in Birmingham she repeated the achievement, this time for Australia. Cikamatana represented her adopted country with a bang in Birmingham, setting new Commonwealth Games records in the women’s 87kg on Wednesday and becoming the first woman to win gold medals for two different nations. The...

ONOC Digest – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

ONOC is delivering this Digest in partnership with The Reporters’ Academy and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). OCEANIA’S DAY AT THE GAMES - DAY 5 BIRMINGHAM, 04 AUGUST 2022 (ONOC MEDIA)---Our Oceania teams have had an incredible day on the fifth day of competition. Today we’ve had medals, personal bests, season bests and most importantly, every athlete is doing an...

Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference discuss implications of drug trafficking in the region

The Pacific Regional Law Enforcement Conference (PRLEC) this week discuss the implications of drug trafficking in the region, community-based approaches to addressing crime, and illegal activity in the maritime domain. In the context of illicit drugs, the Pacific is caught between crime syndicates, and the Australian and New Zealand drug markets. Experts outlined that there have been significant increases in the...

PNG Parliament to sit on 09 August, Enga writs turmoil

The first meeting of the 11th Papua New Guinea Parliament is set for Tuesday, 09 August. Parliament Clerk Kala Aufa announced this following the official gazettal notice for the extension of time and date of the meeting of the parliament. Aufa has put out a notice to all members-elect requesting their attendance. “The Governor-General, Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, by virtue of...

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