28 Mar 2006

PINA calls for the Kiribati Government to re-instate journalist sacked for not revealing sources

7:03 pm on 28 March 2006

The Pacific Islands News Association is calling on Kiribati's state Broadcasting Authorities to reconsider sacking a journalist who would not reveal his sources.

PINA, which represents most Pacific media, is dedicated to the principles of press freedom.

Its president, Ken Clark, says Taberannang Korauaba, a journalist at Radio Kiribati, was asked to reveal the sources for his stories about financial matters involving the Government.

Mr Clark says other reporters had yielded to the demand they reveal their sources, but Mr Korauaba did not.

"And has not and remains without work in the industry. Our preference would be for them to reconsider the position, take into account the importance of the protection of sources and too re-instate the employee."