PINA AND UNESCO PROMOTE ARTICLE 19 OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN

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PACIFIC ISLANDS NEWS ASSOCIATION Suva, Fiji Islands

IFEX- News from the international freedom of expression community.

PRESS RELEASE April 7, 1999

RIGHTS IN PACIFIC ISLANDS

Radio, television, and newspapers are being used to promote World Press Freedom Day in the Pacific Islands and celebrate fifty years of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. PINA, with support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is coordinating a major regional campaign. This emphasizes to the people that "Media Freedom is Your Freedom" and highlights Article 19. It leads up to World Press Freedom Day celebrations on 3 May 1999.

Television and radio spots, posters, and bookmarks have been produced for distribution to PINA's members in twenty one Pacific Islands countries and territories. They are in both main languages of the region, English and French. They all promote Article 19, which says: "Everyone has the right to freedom of information and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

As well, Article 19 has been translated into all the main local languages of the countries and territories from which PINA's members come. These translations have been compiled into a special UNESCO/PINA publication for distribution throughout the region. This also includes World Press Freedom Day messages from UNESCO's Director-General, Federico Mayor, and PINA's President, William Parkinson, plus other special articles on media freedom and Article 19. As well, it highlights the Declaration of Almaty, from the UNESCO seminar on promoting an independent and pluralistic Asian and Pacific media.

PINA's main regional celebration on 3 May will be held in Suva to coincide with the opening of two major regional workshops being coordinated by the UNESCO-supported PINA Pacific Journalism Development Centre. Participants from PINA members around the region will be in the Fiji Islands for these workshops, which are funded by AusAID, and will join in the celebrations.

As well, PINA members throughout the region will coordinate their own national celebrations.

For further information, contact:

Nina Ratulele Coordinator, PINA Pacific Freedom of Information Network Pacific Islands News Association Private Mail Bag Suva, Fiji Islands

Street Address: Level 2, Damodar Centre 46 Gordon Street Suva, Fiji Islands

Tel: +679 303623; Fax: +679 303943; e-mail: pina@is.com.fj Internet site: http://www.pressasia.org/PFA/

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