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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

PINA head dismisses MASI call to shift the regional media centre from Fiji to Solomon Islands

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) says it won’t run away from threats to media freedom in Fiji.

The head the Media Association of Solomon Islands, or MASI, John Lamani, reportedly told World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Honiara that regional media organisations must be moved away from Fiji.

But the head of PINA, Joseph Ealedona, says it is vital that the organisation stays in Fiji to continue to have dialogue with the military regime.

“You have to justify where is freedom of media, what is freedom of media, and for us, PINA, right now, freedom of media is definitely being threatened in Fiji. So therefore we must stay there, we won’t be seen to be running away from where the threats are coming from.”

Joseph Ealedona says so far, neither PINA, nor Pacnews have felt any intimidation from Fiji’s regime.

Source: RNZI

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