6 May 2011

New media body to look at region-wide complaints council

8:09 am on 6 May 2011

A new Pacific media body aims to set up to a regional code of ethics to be guided by a complaints council.

Representatives of Pacific media networks set up the Media Alliance of the Pacific, or MAP, during this week's events in Apia marking World Press Freedom Day.

First up MAP will set up a database of Pacific media workers and set about improving information sharing and training amid a pooling of resources.

And a regional media complaints council is also planned, which spokesperson Cherelle Jackson, says will aim to ensure that a Pacific wide code of ethics is adhered to.

"It can promote it in each country and if countries choose to adhere to it, and to endorse it that's their choice, but we're planning to provide this common platform so that ethics are observed around the region."