23 Sep 2013

Pacific media freedom group welcomes appointment to Fiji authority

8:34 am on 23 September 2013

A Pacific regional media group says a key media appointment in Fiji will influence how freedom of expression is promoted in the Pacific Island country.

The current head of the Pacific Islands News Association, Matai Akauola, has been named as the new Director of Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority.

The Chair of the Pacific Freedom Forum, Titi Gabi, says her group will continue to engage with Mr Akauola on the need to protect the public's right to express their views.

Ms Gabi says with Mr Akauola's wealth of experience and having worked with Pacific media for seven years as PINA Coordinator, he can make a big impact in shaping the future direction of Fiji media.

Fiji has been without an elected government since a military takeover in December 2006, with the first elections set for 2014.