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PM to open Pacific media meeting here on Tuesday

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NUKU’ALOFA-May 4, 2018: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, will officially open the 5th Pacific Media Summit here in Nuku’alofa on Tuesday.

Hon Pohiva has confirmed being Chief Guest at the event, which is bringing close to 80 regional media personnel plus international resource people to the bi-annual media gathering.

Organised by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and hosted by the Government of Tonga through the Ministry of MEIDECC, the event is returning to Tonga after 15 years.

PM Pohiva, who once was known for his strong support for media freedom, has been on the wrong side lately with local media, especially after his stance against the national broadcaster Tonga Broadcasting Commission, which is a member of PINA.

PINA President Moses Stevens said having Hon Pohiva as chief guest certainly marks the importance with which his government views the media.

“We are grateful to the Prime Minister of Tonga for accepting the request made for him to be the chief guest,” Mr Stevens said.

“We are looking forward to Tonga and the discussions which will be held there.”

The meeting will kick off on May 7 with pre-summits at the Epworth Hall in Kolofo’ou.

That will then be followed by the summit on Wednesday and Thursday while the PINA Retreat and annual general meeting will be held on Friday, May 11.

Tonga is also expected to back a nominee for the PINA President’s post.

Elections of office bearers will also be held.

A highlight of the AGM will also be discussions over the new PINA plan for the future.

Participants start arriving this afternoon.

The meeting will end on May 11.

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