Monday, June 27, 2011

[pima.nius] New Public service broadcasters network a positive sign: PFF

1:25 PM |

via PFF

Colleagues, the www.pacificfreedomforum.org site has been updated with
the text below. Thanks for your publication and sharing with relevant
networks.

Sunday, June 26,  2011
PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS -- A newly-formed Pacific regional
network for Public Service Broadcasters is a positive move for the
industry and Pacific audiences, says regional media monitoring network
the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF.
State-owned broadcasters from Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the
Solomon Islands launched the new group from their inaugural meeting in
Port Vila this month.
"The history of Pacific media and public information has its roots in
Public service broadcasting and this move from government stakeholders
is a sign that public service broadcasting is getting some renewed
attention," says PFF acting chair Monica Miller, of American Samoa.
"Public service broadcasting is people-service broadcasting, and has a
special mandate to ensure it gives voice and participation to the
silent," she says.
Market competition from commercial broadcasters, shrinking revenues
for program production, staffing and technical standards, and
resources to handle the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting
are key priorities for the new network.
"We especially welcome any moves to address the levels of public
confidence in state-owned media through guidelines and protocols which
better define the roles of managing boards, and limit government
interference," says Miller.
"Our news colleagues in public service broadcasters receive the same
media ethics and news training as their colleagues anywhere else. It's
important that we are all clear on standards, rights and
rresponsibilities so they are able to maintain editorial independence
as the best way to serve the public interest. And they should be able
to do so without second guessing how political leaders may react to
their work, and the flow on impacts for their jobs and families," she
says.
"PFF looks forward to working with the new group to help strengthen
free expression by Pacific people via the media systems which are
managed in their interest," she says.--ENDS.


CONTACT: PFF Acting Chair Monica Miller | KHJ Radio | American Samoa
Mob 684 258-4197 | Office 684 633-7793 | Email: monica@khjradio.com
The Pacific Freedom Forum are a regional and global online network of
Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent of raising
awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom
of expression and be served by a free and independent media. We
believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the
vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our
leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments
to good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is
monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to
the attention of the wider regional and international community.

--
Lisa Williams-Lahari
Media Freelancer
Regional Coordinator, IFJ Pacific Media for Democracy and Human Rights
Project
Ph Mobile: 677-7574230
Skype: lisalahari

* "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter."-- Martin Luther King Jr.  *

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