16 Jul 2010

PINA reiterates decision to stay in Suva, despite media restrictions

6:54 am on 16 July 2010

The Pacific Islands News Association says it will keep its headquarters in Fiji and is looking at registering its secretariat in Suva as a non-commercial company.

The decision that would end its registration in Samoa since 1985 as a non-charitable organisation.

Fiji Live reports the decision was made during a teleconference of the PINA executive board last week, ending a public row that culminated with the resignation of vice president, John Woods of Cook Islands News.

Woods had questioned PINA's administrative and financial affairs, calling for it to be relocated from Fiji.

According to resolutions from the meeting, the PINA board accepted Woods' resignation.

The association's secretariat will also write to him for clarification on the hosting of the second Pacific Media Summit planned for 2011.

It says if Cook Islands withdraws, Fiji will be asked to host the summit.