Today is World Press Freedom Day, prompting the head of the Pacific Islands News Association to remind leaders of the importance of unhindered access to information.
Today's theme is the 'Role of Media in Elections and Democracy'.
The association's Kora Nou said the media played a crucial role in shaping a healthy democracy.
He said it makes us aware of social, political and economic activities happening each day, and also exposes corruption.
Mr Nou said democracy without a free, neutral and active media is meaningless.