2 Jun 2009

PINA's President to speak out about Fiji's crack-down on media

11:21 am on 2 June 2009

The president of the Pacific Island News Association says he'll speak out about Fiji's crack-down on media freedom when he attends an international media conference there next month.

The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development will meet in Nadi at the invitation of Fiji's interim government.

Joseph Ealedona says it's better to use an opportunity like this than stay away in protest.

"Media organisations should have meetings there, we shouldn't run away from the problem. I think its good AIBD is having a meeting there. It is there that we will raise our concerns to the interim regime on the ground. It's not good staying outside and criticising."

As head of Papua New Guinea's National Broadcasting Corporation Joseph Ealedona can attend the conference while media restrictions may prevent Fiji's broadcasters being there.