14 May 2009

PINA investigating logistics of moving out of Fiji

1:58 pm on 14 May 2009

The Pacific Island News Association has been asked to provide costings on the logistics of moving its secretariat out of Fiji.

The association, which prepares the regional PACNEWS news service, has been severely impacted by the Fiji interim government's emergency regulations, which include extensive censorship of the media.

A number of journalists have been taken in by the military regime for questioning over stories that are critical of the government.

The PINA office manager, Matai Akauola, says in terms of moving office finances are already tight, but he says the impact of the censorship on staff and PINA members is huge.

"The morale is, you know, quite disappointing. We feel for our members here because there are more members financially for PINA who are based in Fiji, so that's something that needs to be looked at in totality, you know, and we have to be liaising with our members here in regards to any thoughts of moving elsewhere."

Matai Akauola says the PINA board plans to decide where it might relocate to prior to the association's next regional meeting in July.