[Samoa Observer] Minister Reminds Samoa Media To Be Fair, Accurate
Journalist Association celebrates Press Freedom Day
APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, May 4, 2013) – Media freedom in Samoa is not absolute.
That was the reminder from the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Apia last night.
Speaking to members of the Journalists Association of Samoa (JAWS), the Minister said the media must take great caution to ensure stories are fair, accurate and balanced.
Reassuring the Government’s support for press freedom in Samoa, Tuisugaletaua said men and women of the media have an important role to play in the development of Samoa.
Objective and fair journalism, he said, creates an environment where the Government and the people can work to solve a number of issues.
The Minister also praised the work by the media in Samoa, saying it has contributed to a number of positive developments in the community. He quoted a famous American President who insisted that it is the lifeblood of the media to ask questions.
Samoa’s World Press Freedom Day celebration was held at Café Sele.
UNESCO’s Officer in Charge and Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, Dr. Susan Vize highlighted the need for the protection of journalists in their line of work. She pointed out that in a number of countries, media workers are being threatened – and sometimes killed – in their line of work.
Last night’s celebration was based on of the theme of “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media.” Prominent media figures such as Apulu Lance Polu (Talamua Media), Te’o Unasa Va’a (Iniini), Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia (RNZI) and Mata’afa Keni Lesa (Samoa Observer) had three minutes to address the theme of the evening.
President of JAWS, Uale Papali’i Taimalelagi reiterated the sentiments by the Minister saying that although it’s important for the media to be “able to speak,” it should do so “responsibly.”
The celebration was sponsored by UNESCO.
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