IFJ Honours Courage and Integrity of Samoa Journalists


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



JAWS Secretary

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.  


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919


The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide