Wednesday 17 December, 2008 -- The overnight detention on arrival in
That's the view of the Pacific Freedom Forum, an online media network of Pacific journalists aimed at promoting the right of Pacific people to be informed and to speak their minds via a free and independent media. The regional media network says the image of Pacific leadership amongst Forum nations is being seriously damaged by
"The latest incident involving Ms Dreaver, an experienced Pacific journalist, and implicating her in a secret 'watch list' when she already had clearance from the Ministry of Information to do her job is undermining the credibility of the regime. When leaders state a public commitment to media freedom, and then blatantly set out to silence it, they come off looking ridiculous," says Freedom Forum chair Susuve Laumaea.
"This is a shameful example of insecure leadership in a nation which houses the secretariat for our regional leaders and so many other development partners committed to principles of good governance and the human rights of all Pacific people," says Laumaea.
Dreaver hails from
PFF co-chair Monica Miller, News Director of 93 KHJ Radio in American Samoa and former President of the Pacific Islands News Association, says the latest incident is a worrying trend in a litany of harassment against media workers by Fiji's government.
"For Dreaver and other journalists, this treatment is just part of getting to the truth," says Miller, "but my heart goes out to the people of
PFF interim Chair
Susuve Laumaea | Sunday Chronicle Newspaper |
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PFF interim co-Chair
Monica Miller | KHJ Radio |
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The Pacific Freedom Forum are a regional and global online network of Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent of raising awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom of expression and be served by a free and independent media.
We believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments to good governance.
In support of the above, our key focus is monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to the attention of the wider regional and international community.