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AUSTRALIA: Man who attacked scribe in Oz an Indian

ABC News researcher worked as an undercover reporter for a story on migration and education scams

FIJI: Minister files multi-million dollar lawsuit

Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry accuses 'Fiji Times' of defamation

NEW ZEALAND: Critical journalism award revamped

Publishing added to criteria to encourage commercial media to provide more articles on public issues

NEW ZEALAND: N.Z. documentary heats up cold case of Japanese woman slain in '98

Televised documentary prompts public to contact police with information about the unsolved murder of 29-year-old Kayo Matsuzawa

FIJI: Interim government restricts freedom of expression

Fijians and local media lose even more rights after the government reactivates emergency protocols

NEW ZEALAND: Author challenges journalists to develop an inclusive media

Carol Archie's new book about cross-cultural reporting released at AUT University

FIJI: Researchers call for deeper understanding from coup reporters

Researchers publish findings in Pacific Journalism Review 20 years after the first coup

AUSTRALIA: Media gag order on Hicks may not apply in Australia

U.S. military commission tried to bar a Taliban militan from speaking to the media

AUSTRALIA: General's warrant not Aus government

Australian government says decision to issue a warrant for retired Indonesian general was made by New South Wales state coroner

NEW ZEALAND: Columnist Ranjit Singh criticises NZ media

Former Fiji Daily Post publisher calls New Zealand media 'parachute journalists' in coverage of Fiji coup

FIJI: Fiji politicians condemn military coup

Politicians' concern not documented by the censored media

FIJI: Military threats force temporary closure of two Fiji daily newspapers

Military representatives ordered paper not to publish 'propaganda' against new leadership after coup

AUSTRALIA: Murdoch talks up News Corp papers' profits

Despite revenue problems in the print media, the tycoon said things are still rosy, especially with Internet advertising

AUSTRALIA: Cartoon on 'Croc Man' death to be screened

South Park episode featuring Steve Irwin will air in the United States this week, in Australia likely next year

AUSTRALIA: Aussies feel threatened by BPO data theft

New documentary shows Indian businesses mistreating their customer's personal information

AUSTRALIA: Bush made us beg for war data, says Australia's Howard

Howard confirms claims in Woodward's book that allies were denied info

AUSTRALIA: Thousands converge at Croc Man's service

Thousands say goodbye at Steve Irwin memorial broadcast live around the globe

AUSTRALIA: 'Steve Irwin's memorial won't turn into circus'

Manager says service, to be televised live around the world, will not be 'publicity spectacle'

AUSTRALIA: Private funeral service held for 'crocodile hunter' Irwin

Wildlife TV star buried in grounds of family's zoo

AUSTRALIA: Croc Hunter's death on tape

Steve Irwin's manager describes footage of encounter with poisonous stingray

AUSTRALIA: A new cartoon row and some firefighting

Howard condemns newspaper cartoon that suggests that Australia supports West Papua's struggle for independence from Indonesia

AUSTRALIA: Pictures of Abu Ghraib abuse on Australian TV

SBS releases new photographs of prisoner abuse inside Abu Ghraib prison

NEW ZEALAND: Cartoon row may kill NZ trade, says Prime Minister

Prime Minister Clark warns of possible repercussions from national publication's reprint of controversial cartoon

AUSTRALIA: Journalists also need recognition as trauma an counseling

Training session in Australia focuses on disregard of journalists' well-being and their socialized emotional repression as causes for insensitive media coverage

AUSTRALIA: SMS calls for race riots out in four states

Messages circulate in Australia as Sydney prepares for more fighting

AUSTRALIA: News Corp sued by shareholders over 'poison pill'

Murdoch extends 'poison pill' for another two years despite original policy; angry investors sue

AUSTRALIA: Sydney's SMS terror alert system

Text messages and e-mail will alert hundreds in the event of a terrorist attack

AUSTRALIA: Aussie crackdown on books inciting terror

Ban on books that promote Muslim extremism implemented

FIJI: Minister for women reiterates call for responsible reporting

Adi Asenaca Caucau says Fiji journalists often quote out of context and should be more sensitive with stories about violence against women

TONGA: Crown Prince blasts former Minister over media law

Tupouto'a says Police Minister has personal vendetta against paper and that proposed media law was unconstitutional

NEW ZEALAND: Clark says her remarks 'grossly' distorted

Prime Minister says she never told Hindustan Times that New Zealand would ask India to sign treaty

TONGA: Tongan magazine plans return after ruling

The operator of the Tongan monthly news magazine, Matangi Tonga, says the publication will return to the streets of Tonga in the new year

REGION: Tagata Pasifika's Utanga elected new chief of PIMA

Cook Islander John Utanga is the new chairperson of New Zealand's Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA)

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ's boost for Pacific coverage can improve

A new Pacific reporting unit at Television New Zealand has boosted coverage of Pacific Island events, but after one year of operation there is still a long way to go

REGION: Maori campaigner calls for 'united front' with Pasifika

A prominent Maori campaigner called today for a strengthening of the relationship between Maori and Pacific Islanders with a "unified front" over common issues

TONGA: Tongan media activist wins PIMA Freedom Award

Tongan activist Alani Taione has been awarded the Pacific Islands Media Freedom Award for his role in defending the independent press in his island kingdom

NEW ZEALAND: Gosche condemns 'shallow' reporting of Pacific issues

Labour MP Mark Gosche accused New Zealand's mainstream media today of being shallow and failing to seriously cover Pacific affairs at the Pacific Islands Media Association conference

NEW ZEALAND: TVNZ chief praises network's Pacific media coverage team

Television New Zealand chief executive Ian Fraser today defended his network's approach to Pacific media coverage and culture but acknowledged that much more needed to be done

NEW ZEALAND: PIMA conference targets foreshore issue

A Pacific Island workshop on the Maori foreshore and seabed issue will be held this weekend during the annual Pacific Island Media Association (PIMA) conference in Auckland

NEW ZEALAND: Ratings success for 'bro'Town' TV series

Animated Polynesian comedy show bro'Town is an early ratings success, to the relief of TV3 and NZ On Air

FIJI: Bureaucratic obstacles 'hinder investigative journalism'

Bureaucratic procedures in government are preventing the free flow of information and hindering investigative journalism in Fiji

NEW ZEALAND: Dick Hubbard to sue NBR

Auckland mayoral candidate Dick Hubbard is suing New Zealand's National Business Review newspaper for $1.5 million in damages for defamation

NEW ZEALAND: Journalists to take Herald to court

Journalists at the New Zealand Herald have resolved today to take their employer to court over the company's refusal to apply their employment agreement to workers on the Sunday edition

AUSTRALIA: Aussie election campaign turns nasty

The Australian government launched advertisements yesterday attacking Labor Party leader Mark Latham in a move that the opposition said brought negative campaigning into the Oct 9 election campaign

COOK ISLANDS: A service not motivated by dollars

The Cook Islands Broadcasting Corporation (CIBC) will not be in competition with privately owned radio stations as it wonšt be seeking advertising dollars

COOK ISLANDS: Cook Islands to get government-run radio

The Cook Islands has approved a new publicly funded radio station

TONGA: Media challenge opens in Tonga court

A judicial review challenging the amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year started in the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, today

NEW ZEALAND: NZ media coverage of Pacific under fire

New Zealand media coverage of the South Pacific has been blasted by a Fiji columnist writing in the new journalism school newspaper Te Waha Nui as being mostly about sun, sea and sandy beaches

AUSTRALIA: Australian TV show uses phone vote to pick Senate hopeful

Politicians worry that the six seats at stake could throw the upper house into chaos or introduce a `Trojan horse' candidate

NEW ZEALAND: Pakeha have eye on Maori TV

More Pakeha are watching Maori Television than Maori, according to the first ratings from the new broadcaster in New Zealand

TONGA: Commissioner upholds publisher's complaint

Tonga's Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet has ignored a request by Tonga's Complaints Commissioner to apologise to a Tongan magazine publisher for failing to respond to the publisher's complaints about her office

AUSTRALIA: Boost urged for radio Australia

A parliamentary inquiry into Australia's relationship with Indonesia is urging increased funding for the ABC's Radio Australia so it can resume high levels of programming into Indonesia

AUSTRALIA: Howard blasts kids' show over portrayal of lesbian couple

Portrayal of lesbian couple on Play School sparks criticism from Howard

AUSTRALIA: Pulling plug on ethnic TV shrinks space for diversity

Sydney's ethnic community groups are outraged by the media regulating body's decision to pull the plug on an innovative television channel in Australia that has been giving a voice to them for 11 years now

FIJI: Media awareness 'a must' for forces

It is important that the Fiji police and military are transparent when working with the media

FIJI: Fiji media 'blacklist' draws foreign concern

The news director of a New Zealand television station whose journalist was banned from entering Fiji on Sunday is concerned about Fiji's lack of respect for press freedom

FIJI: NZ PM concerned over deportation of TV3 journalist from Fiji

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has expressed concern over the expulsion of television reporter Jeff Hampton who is on a Fiji blacklist apparently over a four-year-old news story

FIJI: Students launch radio broadcast

The inaugural Fiji broadcast of fem TALK has been aired live from Saint Joseph's Secondary School

REGION: Media group relocates offices

The Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (PIBA) has announced plans to immediately relocate the Pacific News Service (PACNEWS) and begin a process to close down its operations

COOK ISLANDS: CITV rescreens China HIV/AIDS documentary

Cook Islands Television tonight rescreened an HIV/AIDS documentary cut short by the station the night before

REGION: RSF names Tongan king as 'press predator'

King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV has been named as one of six hereditary rulers proclaimed global 'predators of press freedom' in a new book published today by Paris-based media monitoring group Reporters Sans Frontičres

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Media awareness lacking in Pacific: Wickham

Ignorance of media in the Pacific is an issue that must be addressed to make people aware - and the Solomon Islands crisis is a good example of this

COOK ISLANDS: PM announces plans to create media council

Prime Minister Robert Woonton says he has asked Sir John Jeffries, chairman of New Zealand's Press Council, to help establish a similar council in the Cook Islands

FIJI: Renewed debate over journalism degrees

The outgoing head of the University of the South Pacific's media school has come out saying work experience alone is not enough to ensure high quality journalism

NEW ZEALAND: Contract loss closes Maori radio service

The Maori radio service Ruia Mai will close in June after having its contract ended by broadcasting funding agency Te Mangai Paho

FIJI: Indigenous language TV station mooted

A Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBCL) initiative to set up a Fijian language television station will not only carry programmes in Fijian but also the languages of Rotuma and Rabi islanders

REGION: The school of hard knocks

They have covered coups, military insurrections and faced off against armed and dangerous thugs

FIJI: Fiji broadcaster plays down Hindi contract dispute

Private broadcaster Communications Fiji Ltd says court action being taken against it by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is not directed at its new Hindi-language radio station

REGION: Academic qualifications plus hands-on experience best for journalists: Nadkarni

Outgoing journalism coordinator Dev Nadkarni has highlighted the importance of academic qualifications for journalists while calling on the University of the South Pacific to improve journalism training facilities

TONGA: Tonga approves license for critical newspaper

The Tongan government has granted a newspaper license to Keleša, the publication of the pro-democracy movement

FIJI: Fiji commercial broadcaster to ignore court stay on Hindi broadcasts

Commercial broadcaster Communications Fiji Ltd will start a new Hindi language radio station next week despite a Fiji High Court stay order

NEW ZEALAND: Maori TV climax for language advocates

Broadcasting history will be made in New Zealand tomorrow when Maori Television finally goes to air

REGION: Politicians target Pacific media for regulation

Politicians across the small island nations of the Pacific have begun to target local media organisations for criticism and new regulation, signs that press freedom gained in recent years could be curtailed

NEW ZEALAND: Ruia Mai scoops top honours at Maori Radio Awards

National Maori radio service Ruia Mai has scooped top honours at the first ever Maori Media Awards

NEW ZEALAND: NZ$115,000 for second Maori TV station

A Far North Maori group has received a $115,000 taxpayer grant to set up a regional television station just as the government spends millions developing a national Maori channel

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Author says suffering in Bougainville war yet to be documented

A campaigner for people on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says the extent of suffering during the civil war is still not properly documented

COOK ISLANDS: Pitt broadcasting license is illegal, says Norman

The Pitt Media Group has been operating without a legal broadcasting license for the past four years

NEW ZEALAND: Doubters told to wait for Maori launch

Eight days out from the launch of Maori Television, New Zealanders are being asked to reserve judgment on the channel until they see it

FIJI: Fiji Media Council upholds Chaudhry complaint

The Fiji Media Council has upheld a complaint by former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry against Fiji Television, saying the channel had "become a party to deception" over a controversial Hindi phrase

FIJI: Public broadcast tender case adjourned

A Fiji High Court hearing on an application for a stay order over a tender awarded to a commercial radio station for the Hindustani public broadcasting service has been adjourned to Wednesday

TONGA: Tongan MP says court case outcome could undermine King's integrity

The leading pro-democracy MP in Tonga, 'Akilisi Pohiva, says legal action challenging constitutional amendments is likely to undermine the integrity of the king and the Tongan government

AUSTRALIA: Court rulings support sect's harassment of freelance journalist

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontičres) today condemned intimidation and harassment of Australian freelance journalist John Macgregor by the Elan Vital sect and a series of rulings by the Queensland Supreme Court in Elan Vitalšs favour which pose a threat to press freedom

COOK ISLANDS: Cook Islands media told to accept voluntary code

The Cook Islands media is being warned that if it does not accept a code of voluntary guidelines, then the government will legislate over standards

TONGA: Kingdom faces legal challenge over media laws

In the wake of the Tongan government denying operating licences to dissenting publications, a New Zealand magazine journalist has warned that the Pacific kingdom will soon face an "extraordinary" lawsuit over the constitution

COOK ISLANDS: Cook Islands government suggests media watchdog

An independent press council set up along the lines of one in New Zealand could be the best way of dealing with widespread concerns about unacceptable standards and abuses of power displayed by the Cook Islands' three weekly newspapers

COOK ISLANDS: Journalist warns of media crisis

Cook Islands freelance journalist Jason Brown has described the country's news industry as being in crisis but says the timing of the government media review should be viewed with suspicion

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sunkamap Times newspaper launched in Bougainville

The Sunkamap Times has been launched as Bougainville's new newspaper and is the first paper to cover the whole region

SAMOA: Samoa censors yet to review Mel Gibson film

Samoašs film censors have warned movie theatres and video stores in the country not to screen or sell Mel Gibsonšs controversial film, The Passion of the Christ, before it is reviewed by the Censor Board

COOK ISLANDS: The Cook Islands government to set up taskforce to review broadcasting

The Cook Islands government says the first step it will take in the review of national television and radio broadcasting is to set up a taskforce

TONGA: NZ government called on to speak out over lost press freedom in Tonga

A New Zealand MP has called on the NZ government to speak out about what he calls the supression of the press in Tonga

FIJI: Fiji media cops more flak

The debate about the standards of journalism in Fiji is continuing with chairman of the Fiji Media Council Daryl Tarte saying that there remains room for improvement in the industry

FIJI: Nata's case struck out

Former Fiji media trainer Josefa Nata has lost another legal battle in his pursuit for freedom when the High Court in Suva struck out his application for constitutional redress

NEW ZEALAND: Obituary: Publisher Warren Berryman

Warren Berryman was a rare journalist who could write a story one day "that might bring down a Cabinet minister" yet share a beer with his unwitting victim a day later

TONGA: Tonga's only national news magazine may have to sell off shares to comply with new law

Tongašs only national news magazine, Matangi Tonga, may have to undergo ownership restructuring, if it wants to continue publishing

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Singirok cleared of sedition charge

In Papua New Guinea, there are echoes of the turbulent days of the 1997 Sandline Crisis. The former commander of the PNG Defence Force, Jerry Singirok, today escaped a charge of sedition over his [radio broadcast] at that time

TONGA: Tonga releases newspaper suspect on bail

A New Zealand Tongan arrested for distributing an unlicensed publication in Tonga has been released on bail and will appear before the Supreme Court on 24 March 2004

FIJI: Fiji Media Council trying to raise standards

The chairman of the Fiji Media Council, Daryl Tarte, believes the council is trying to improve media standards in the country

NEW ZEALAND: Business journalist fought crooks and protectionism

One of New Zealand's best-known and most-awarded business and investigative journalists, Warren Berryman, 64, died in Auckland yesterday

TONGA: Activist still waiting for court appearance in Tonga

Auckland-based Tongan democracy activist Alan Taione remains detained in Tonga on charges of distributing an unlicensed newspaper after a court fixture clashed with a royal funeral

NEW ZEALAND: Radio station apologises for reporter's faked story

Red-faced Newstalk ZB had to withdraw a news report yesterday after a New Zealand freelance journalist pretended he was reporting from the Solomons when he was still at Christchurch Airport

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