The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
honours the courage and professionalism of local and foreign journalists
reporting on the tsunami that struck Samoa and nearby Pacific Islands
on September 29 killing 119 people.
A trauma debriefing
mission to assist local media personnel in dealing with the impacts of
reporting wide-scale disaster will be conducted in Samoa
this week by the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, at the request of the
Journalists’ Association of (Western) Samoa (JAWS) and IFJ
Cherelle Jackson said many local journalists had reported the devastation of
the tsunami to the international media even as they were unaware of the fate of
their families and friends.
“It was hard to report without being
affected by what had happened, nothing could prepare any journalist to cover
such a tragic event without being personally affected and reduced to tears on
the spot,” she said in a statement.
The Alliance Safety and Solidarity
Appeal, which is funded by donations from Australian journalists, is jointly supporting
the trauma-support program to be conducted in Samoa’s newsrooms by Dart
Australasia’s managing director, Cait McMahon, and New Zealand veteran war correspondent Jon Stephenson.
“The IFJ praises the courage and
commitment of our Samoan colleagues and their professionalism and integrity in reporting
under such extreme and personally affecting circumstances,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
The IFJ stands in solidarity with Samoa’s journalism community as it meets the challenge of
continuing to report on the impacts of such wide-scale disaster.
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide