International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in partnership with the Pacific
Freedom Forum (PFF) today released its first Press Freedom in the Pacific
report, titled 'Fragile Freedom', at a press launch held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to celebrate World
Press Freedom Day – May 3.
The report has been produced with the generous
financial support of the European Commission (EC), and is the result of consultation with local journalists held during
workshops and meetings throughout the Pacific, and the collation of
contributions from twelve of the region’s island nations.
Chapters cover American Samoa, Cook
Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Niue, Palau,
Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Each chapter assesses the major
challenges to media freedom in a specific Pacific Island State and outlines past
and future trends. This includes the identification and assessment of cases of
violations of media freedom, including censorship and attacks on journalists
and media workers. A number of recommendations are also made for the improved
defence and promotion of press freedom in the region.
The report highlights the positive
value of press freedom, and its significance as a fundamental tenet of stable
and peaceful pluralistic and democratic societies.
IFJ launched the report in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with Prime Minister
John O’Neill in attendance, as part of a three day activity to mark World Press
Freedom Day which also included training for 25 local Papua New Guinean
journalists on association building and electoral reporting.
The report was produced as part of
IFJ’s Media for Democracy and Human Rights in the Pacific project, which aims
to strengthen the role of media workers, press freedom advocates and civil
society actors in defending and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms
in the Pacific.
IFJ urges journalists’ associations
and civil society organisations across the region to use the report as a
resource to support their own ongoing advocacy and campaigning actions in this
Press Freedom in the Pacific report is now available on the IFJ website.
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