Fiji Times withdraws membership of PINA
Thursday, July 08, 2010
The Fiji Times newspaper has withdrawn its membership of the Pacific Islands News Association, saying it is no longer appropriate to continue as member.
In a letter to the PINA President Moses Stevens, Fiji Times editor Netani Rika says they understand that the organization faces difficulties in working out how to deal with the situation in Fiji.
However Rika writes that the course of action taken by PINA on the situation in Fiji is not in the best interest of the Fiji Times.
The Fiji Times writes that PINA’s stand does not support the fundamental principles of the media – which they believe are fundamental to society.
Rika told FBC News that their withdrawal has nothing to do with the setting up of a new organization, nor are they looking to set up a new organization.
He says they just feel PINA is not working in their interest.
The Fiji Times faces closure in three months due to foreign ownership conditions set out in the new Media Decree.
Report by: Stanley Simpson
July 08, 2010
Fiji Times Dumps PINA
One by one, right thinking members of the Pacific's Fourth Estate abandon the military regime backed PINA.