2 Nov 2012

Call on Pacific journalists to remain vigilant

3:41 pm on 2 November 2012

A Pacific media watchdog is calling on journalists in the region to remain vigilant to threats to their work, and unafraid to report such threats.

The Pacific Freedom Forum's co-chair, Titi Gabi, says too often intimidation, threats and attacks on journalists by those who cannot stand to be questioned or exposed, go unpunished.

The PFF says attacks across the region highlighted in a Pacific Press Freedom report earlier this year are rarely investigated.

Ms Gabi says this lack of accountability ensures a culture of impunity continues and deepens the reluctance of journalists to investigate issues in the public interest.

She says the PFF is urging Pacific editors, news and human rights organisations to take action from now until the 23rd of November by featuring or encouraging debate over impunity.

The call is part of the global '23 actions, 23 days' media campaign leading up to International Day to End Impunity.