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PINA Statement to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2022

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On 03 May every year, media workers here in the Pacific and across the globe come together to reflect on issues of press freedom and professional ethics. This year, UNESCO set “Journalism Under Siege” as the theme of celebrations, in recognition of the many digital threats media workers are faced with daily. While digital technologies and social media have presented...

Palau Media Council World Press Freedom Day 2022 Statement

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On 03 May, the Palau Media Council celebrates journalists' critical role worldwide. The World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity for smaller newsrooms like what we have in Palau to highlight the need for independent local journalism. The Palau Media Council, with membership open to media practitioners residing in the Republic and affiliates from overseas, works to promote and sustain Freedom...

Iroga to lead Pacific article 19 watchdog- PFF Statement for World Press Freedom Day 2022

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On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) is pleased to announce its new Chair, Robert Iroga of the Solomon Islands. Iroga, the former co-chair for Melanesia, takes up the leadership role from outgoing Chair Bernadette Carreon who will continue to serve as Micronesia co Chair alongside the subregional co-chair for Polynesia, Monica Miller of...

Two-week arms ultimatum: PNG Police Commissioner

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Anyone caught with an illegal unlicensed firearm in Papua New Guinea, faces life in prison. With nine days to go before the Issue of Writs, Police Commissioner David Manning says there is a two-week amnesty to have all firearms surrendered to police across the country. He reminded the country that the maximum penalty for uncontrolled usage and ownership of firearms is...

Marshalls launches big child health intervention

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A high-rate of malnutrition and growth stunting among Marshall Islands children has been a concern for many years. A survey jointly conducted by UNICEF and the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and Human Services in 2017 documented serious malnutrition and growth stunting in over 30 percent of children from early months after birth to five years of age. But the malnutrition...

Free press essential to democracy says Pacific media watchdog

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The Pacific Freedom Forum says World Press Freedom Day is a significant milestone for Pacific region media. 03 May is World Press Freedom Day, a day declared by the UN to observe and raise awareness of freedom of the press. It is also intended to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the freedom of expression. RNZ Pacific asked...

Former Tonga PM dumped from parliament for election bribery

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Two Tongan MPs, one former prime minister and the other a serving cabinet minister, have lost their seats in Parliament. Former PM, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, and the minister for Internal Affairs, Sangster Saulala, have been convicted of bribing voters during the election campaign period in November last year Tu'i'onetoa lost his election petition on Friday and Saulala's election to the Tongatapu No.7...

United States to invite Pacific leaders to White House, ramp up diplomatic ties

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U.S President Joe Biden's administration plans to step up diplomatic engagement with Pacific Island countries, Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Monday, including inviting Pacific leaders to the White House later this year. Campbell's message, outlined in a U.S-New Zealand business summit, comes amid rising concerns over the security implications of China's expanding presence in the region, underlined by a...

Envoy’s suggestions to fix Australia and Solomon Islands’ relationship

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Solomon Islands' High Commissioner to Australia has suggested the relationship between the two upset nations can be resolved through simple communication and the expansion of a successful government scheme. Robert Sisilo flagged Honiara and Beijing were strengthening its partnership after the leaders agreed to a security pact last month on maintaining social order, protecting people's safety, aid and combating natural...

Samoa’s international borders to open in August

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Samoan Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has announced the returning of students to school and the resuming of international flights this month, though restricted to Samoan citizens travelling in for various purposes. PM Mata'afa made the announcement on Monday night while advising of major changes to the current State of Emergency (SOE) Orders that lifted the ban on mass gatherings. Cabinet...

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