9 Apr 2010

PINA vice-president reiterates call for organisation to relocate following Fiji draft decree

3:36 pm on 9 April 2010

The vice-president of the Pacific Islands News Association, or PINA, has reiterated his call for the organisation to relocate from Fiji following the release of the draft media decree by the Fiji's interim government.

John Woods says he is now further disappointed with the PINA administration's wait-and-see approach.

Mr Woods says PINA needs to take note of the online discussion among Pacific journalists who clearly want immediate action by the body to fight the draconian decree.

He says he is asking the PINA president and the secretariat to put aside their bias and tolerance of Fiji media restrictions and listen to the whole of Pacific media.

Mr Woods says PINA's very existence is based on liberty and freedom of expression.

This comes after PINA's Fiji-based manager, Matai Akauola, said it was too early to adopt a strong position.