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Stories about Oceania

18 February 2020

China travel ban heightens threats to Australia's trade, tourism and education sectors

"#Coronavirus is more than a minor cold for the Chinese economy... They’ve got more to worry about than another week’s travel ban to Australia."

9 February 2020

Australians capture the devastating impact of ‘black summer’ fires on photos

Australian volunteer firefighter: “I go home and hug my kids tight. But they don't know why.”

11 January 2020

#AustraliaBurning: Prime Minister's handling of national disaster sparks widespread criticism

"Our country is leaderless & while it burns, instead of being the leader we need & want, Mr "I can't hold a hose" Morrison is having a NYE party."

29 November 2019

Melanesian journalists decry growing threats against media freedom

"Melanesian governments cannot pay lip service to international conventions and commitments to democratic freedoms and in the same breath issue orders to clamp down on journalists' right to expression."

Chinese defector's spying allegations rock Australian politics

'What an utterly insane suggestion that Chinese Australians should “publicly show” their stance on anything related to China to prove their “loyalty”. '

17 November 2019

Iranian-Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani free at last from Australian offshore detention

"I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years."

12 November 2019

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

7 November 2019

Racehorse slaughter divides nation over iconic Melbourne Cup

'I was going to go to the Melbourne cup this year the first time in 67 years I've just canceled I couldn't support such a horrible industry'

29 October 2019

Australians respond to media campaign that calls out “creeping culture of secrecy”

Mixed reactions to the Australian media's #righttoknow campaign range from broad community support to denial by government ministers and senior public servants, plus some predictable cynicism on social media.

22 October 2019

Australian newspapers ‘censor’ their front pages in protest against government secrecy laws

"Journalists and whistleblowers in Australia live in fear of criminal charges, police raids and damaging court battles that threaten their professional careers and personal freedom."

29 August 2019

Winning a literary award won't set you free: An interview with author and asylum-seeker Behrooz Boochani

Australia's detention camps whistleblower describes conditions as hellish

20 August 2019

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

Advox

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

15 July 2019

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

Advox

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

16 June 2019

Australia’s digital rights advocates and tech sector push back against law undermining encryption

Advox

"The new legislation directly targets encryption and basically coerces developers, device manufacturers and service providers to allow the government to spy on people’s encrypted data."

7 June 2019

Police raids on major media organisations expose lack of press freedom in Australia

Advox

"These continued attacks on press freedoms in Australia should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Freedom of the Press to scrutinise the Govt is crucial to liberal democracy."

25 May 2019

Papua New Guinea PM pushes proposal for social media regulation, citing need to stop ‘fake news’

Advox

"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."

21 March 2019

Christchurch massacre brings out the best and worst in humanity

"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."

18 March 2019

DigiGlot Newsletter: AI innovations bring good news and bad news for indigenous and minority languages

Rising Voices

The DigiGlot Newsletter is a bi-weekly collaborative newsletter that reports on how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology to change the internet landscape.

6 March 2019

How sports groups rallied for the release of a Bahraini footballer detained in Thailand

"We think that this campaign showed what sport can be, and our job as former players or athletes is to ensure that all sport becomes the vanguard for human rights."

4 March 2019

Uproar in Australia as lid lifted on Cardinal Pell's child sexual abuse convictions

"Almost immediately, the parade of aggrieved, disappointed, distressed, shocked, disbelieving, sad, angry Catholics and other Pell supporters began moving like a sullen, offended beast across the media, in unedifying protest..."