23 Dec 2011

Samoa Journalists Association cuts ties as PINA not functioning

12:39 pm on 23 December 2011

The President of the Journalists Association of Samoa says it cut ties with the Pacific Islands News Association or PINA because it no longer secures media freedom in the region.

The decision to end its membership was reached following a vote of about 40 people during the Association's annual general meeting last night.

Its President Uale Papalii Taimalelagi says his organisation stopped paying its membership fees to PINA three years ago and has decided to withdraw completely.

"We don't understand what's happening with PINA. We know that PINA given its location in Fiji and with the government sanctioning news, it is no longer possible for us stay with PINA when PINA is not securing that freedom of the media."

Uale Papalii Taimalelagi says the Journalists Association of Samoa is considering joining the Pasifika Media Association.