Monday, August 15, 2011

[pima.nius] Fiji: Fatality highlights news support roles -- condolence message from PFF

12:02 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.

in solidarity, lis

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PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS -- The Pacific Freedom Forum is extending
condolences and sympathy to family, friends and media colleagues of
the Fiji Times circulations staffer killed in a vehicle accident on
Monday 8 August in Fiji.

The deceased has been confirmed as 24-year old Kaveni Korovou, of
Nabouciwa Village in Tailevu. He was part of a Fiji Times collections
team doing runs when the vehicle reportedly lost control and
overturned in Nalovo, near Nadi. Two other passengers in the vehicle
were treated for injuries at the Nadi Hospital. In keeping with
tradition, the newspapers management visited Korovou's widow and
father as part of the police team relaying the direct news  of his
death.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and have
charged the driver, a 50-year-old Fiji Times employee related to
Korovou, with careless driving.

"Korovou was one of many behind the scenes staff who make daily
newspapers such as the Fiji Times a key information source for tens of
thousands of readers who have little notion of those who do the behind
the scenes work of news delivery," says PFF chair Titi Gabi of  Papua
New Guinea.

"We are reminded that news journalists are only a small part of the
many teams involved in news production, and extend our deepest
condolences to his colleagues, village, and family at this time of

bereavement,"

It's understood Police are dealing directly with the Fiji Times
newspaper management as Korovou died while on work assignment for the
company where he was a casual staffer.

Korovou's funeral arrangements are still being finalised.

"It's our hope that the company's insurance policy covering workplace
and work related accidents will cover Korovou's widow and their two
young babies," says PFF co-chair Monica Miller of American Samoa.

"We commend the actions and sensitivity of management so far."--ENDS

CONTACT: PFF Chair Titi Gabi | Freelance Journalist | Papua New Guinea
Mail: PO Box 7776, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea | Mob: (675) 7314
3929 | Email: titi.gabipng@gmail.com

PFF co-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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