IFJ Releases Press Freedom in the Pacific Report

 

The

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.

 

The

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

regard.

 

The

Press Freedom in the Pacific report is now available on the IFJ website.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on

+612 9333 0950

 

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