20 Feb 2006

New leadership for Solomon Islands media association

7:18 am on 20 February 2006

The Media Association of Solomon Islands has a new President.

He is John Lamani, the publisher of the country' only daily newspaper, the Solomon Star.

In a effort to revive the association in preparation for Solomon Islands to host the Pacific Islands Media Association conference in 2007, a new executive was elected.

While giving his first speech as president, Mr Lamani spoke of the problems facing the association.

He called on the local media organisations to put aside their competition and work together towards the convention planned for May next year.

"We will try our best to work very hard. It's not easy. Especially when we put pressure on the convention that come here."

The association also intends to host the International World Media Freedom day during the convention.