5 Sep 2012

Vanuatu reporters trained how to withstand manipulation by politicians

8:10 pm on 5 September 2012

Vanuatu's Media Association says it's training reporters on how to withstand intimidation by politicians as the general election approaches.

The Association's president Evelyn Toa says news media in Vanuatu can be vulnerable to being used as a tool for politicians and their personal interests around election time.

She says the Association's been working with junior reporters to teach them how to work responsibly and with integrity.

"Because we have politicians who are trying to intimidate our junior reporters. And we know politicians, they have a lot to say to our people, trying to convince our people or make promises. But we did a training workshop for our juniors to be prepared for the election, and to know what is political propaganda."

Evelyn Toa