23 May 2007

PINA convention to open in Solomons capital

3:31 pm on 23 May 2007

The threat to media freedom in the Pacific is being discussed at pre-event workshops at the fourth biennial convention of the Pacific Islands News Association, or PINA in Solomon Islands.

The theme of this year's convention, which starts in the capital Honiara tomorrow and runs for three days, is the Role of Pacific Media in Economic Growth.

The Media Association of Solomon Islands , or MASI, has organised this year's PINA convention.

The head of the MASI secretariat, Alfred Sasako, admits that PINA's aim of media freedom in the region is being compromised by current situations in countries like Fiji and Tonga.

"Perhaps we can come up with something that not only would advance the course of the media in terms of its freedom and freedom of expression but also in defending and protecting the safety of our member journalists who work in these difficult conditions."

Alfred Sasako