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Stories about Oceania

Australian government on collision course with Facebook and Google over news revenue

"The code is justified by a News Corp lie, that Google steals news content and makes billions of dollars from it."

Julian Assange supporters rally to defeat extradition to United States

"The extradition to the US of a publisher and journalist, for engaging in journalistic activities while in Europe, would set a very dangerous precedent."

Detention of Chinese-Australian TV presenter Cheng Lei by China called out as ‘hostage diplomacy’

"Canberra should be doing all it can to ensure she [Cheng Lei] is released from “residential surveillance” as soon as possible"

Livestream of Australia’s penguin parade brings smiles around the world

"Happiness is the daily #PenguinParade @PhillipIslandNP! How can these little penguins not make you smile?"

Report roundly criticizes ‘whitewashed’ face of Australian TV news and current affairs

"...the lack of diversity is also reflected in the stories programs make, the issues they examine and the way they examine them."

A masked Spiderman and friends bring joy to Melbourne’s locked-down suburb

"Thank you to the fella jogging St Kilda neighbourhoods in full SpiderMan suit. You have brightened my young bloke’s day beyond measure on three occasions now."

Another Australian university criticized for censoring voices supporting Hong Kong's human rights

An Australian university was criticized for deleting an article published on its website that urges the international community to put pressure on China for infringements on human rights in Hong Kong.

Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains a ‘political hostage’ inside Iran’s Qarchak prison

"Whatever the governments of #Australia and the #UK are doing to free their citizen, Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in #Iran, it’s failing miserably. This innocent woman should be free."

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

"The cases… highlight the need for strong action to ensure that any such trials are held in open court and subject to public scrutiny."

Rift over Solomon Islands’ new ‘One China’ policy makes chaos of COVID-19 response

"I call on the government to stop dancing to Beijing’s tune and prioritise our people’s health and safety."

Where’s the Pacific voice in the viral ‘real Lord of the Flies’ story?

The story of a group of Tongan castaways goes global thanks to an article published in The Guardian, but Pacific Islanders take issue with its point of view.

China and Australia brawl over call for independent investigation of COVID-19 origins

'Australia is “gum stuck to the bottom of China’s shoe”, huh? Ok, well, it’s time for Australia to rethink trade and other agreements with China if they don’t like criticism'

Fiji general cites need to ‘stifle criticism’ in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

"The COVID-19 pandemic is not an excuse for human rights violations. Excessive force and brutality are unacceptable from any of our enforcement or security forces."

Papua New Guinea’s police minister says two journalists who reported on COVID-19 funding ‘can’t be trusted’

"It is not up to a government minister to decide whether journalists should be fired, and especially when it is because of a report he didn’t like."

Indigenous people in Australia prepare for COVID-19

With more than 150,000 of Australia's indigenous people living in remote areas and often facing major health issues, special emphasis is being put on protecting this vulnerable population against COVID-19.

COVID-19 on the frontline: Insights from an Australian humanitarian nurse

"there are areas around the world where people cannot buy soap and do not have access to running water. It is these countries that will suffer the most..."

Great Barrier Reef mass bleaching threatens world heritage icon

"...there is also the most widespread bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reef. Put a fork in us. We're done."

Papua New Guinea nurses strike over lack of protection against COVID-19

"Staff safety is paramount and those in authority must put themselves into our shoes and understand exactly why we are doing this."

‘Being an activist is just a side-effect of being an artist': An interview with Chinese-Australian cartoonist Badiucao

Badiucao made headlines in 2019 when he revealed his identity in a documentary released on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Filip Noubel caught up with the artist in...

Groundswell of support to free Julian Assange around February extradition hearing

"Don’t be fooled: Julian Assange is a journalist, not a hacker, and the US wants to make his work—national security journalism—a crime"

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