5 May 2014

Call for Pacific govts to partner with media

4:24 pm on 5 May 2014

The media grouping Pacific Freedom Forum has called on Pacific governments to work with media groups rather than oppose them.

As the world celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May the 3rd, the PFF Chair, Titi Gabi, says it's clear that governments still see the media as an enemy.

She says between funding reviews against the public broadcaster in Australia or threats by Parliament against private media in Samoa, the message is that the media's role is not recognised, and its presence is not welcome.

She says she welcomes moves by UNESCO to include the recognition of news media in the post-2015 development dialogue.

Ms Gabi outlined the PFF's concerns for issues in Australia, West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, French Polynesia and Samoa.

She says she fears for the PFF's advocate in Fiji, journalist and publisher Ricardo Morris, who she says is facing increased pressure.