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Pacific journalists to meet here in May

Pacific Islands News Association President Moses Stevens

NUKU’ALOFA-April 19, 2018: 9.40pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Close to 100 journalists and media operators from around the Pacific are due to meet here in Nuku’alofa from May 7-11 in the 5th Pacific Media Summit.

That is being jointly hosted by the Ministry of Information (MEIDECC) and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

The summit is being funded by the Tongan Government, PINA and funding partners from the region and around the globe.

PINA Secretariat Manager Makereta Komai said from Suva that the final numbers of participants will be finalised this weekend – with over 90 already confirmed for the week-long event.

The summit will be preceded by two days of pre-summit meeting.

The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 8.

Delegates have registered from around the region, with facilitators from around the globe as well.

PINA will also hold its election for executive members at the summit.

Longtime President Moses Stevens could be facing some challenges for the position.

Meanwhile, the first environment journalist network for the Pacific will also be launched at the summit.

The Pacific Environment Journalists Network (PEJN) is being funded by Internews and the Earth Journalism Network and was par of the resolutions at the COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany last year.

Coordinator and interim Chairman Iliesa Tora said the network hopes to work with regional journalists and funding partners on developing the capacities of regional journalists on environment reporting.

PEJN will host a workshop at the pre-summit program for the Pacific Media Summit here on May 7-8.

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