A UNESCO sponsored media workshop that was supposed to take place in Suva, has been moved to Samoa.
The workshop themed 'Building Courage under Fire’ was relocated due to the Fiji regime’s imposition of emergency restrictions and repressive clampdown on the media.
“While we felt that Fiji would have been the ideal workshop venue given our theme, we have a responsibility to ensure the funding support we received is used effectively, and this would have been impossible given the emergency regulations in place there,” said Pacific Freedom Forum chair Susuve Laumaea.
Part of the cancelled event in Fiji was a regional UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebration on May 3.
“The Fiji media situation shows clearly how media freedom affects all Pacific Islanders, not just those who work in the media. We want to look at ways to encourage that understanding, not just in our newsrooms, but across our communities and in the homes and minds of more Pacific people," Laumaea said.
Delegates from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the host country at attending the workshop in Apia.