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NADI, Fiji Islands (April 20, 1999 - Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Regional participants at last week's Media Control and Ownership Consultation in Fiji have called on Pacific governments to protect freedom of expression, support community owned media, and make the best use of new technologies.

The consultation, sponsored by the World Association for Christian

Communication - Pacific Region, was held in Nadi, 11-15 April 1999.

The participants endorsed the following statement:

Title -- 2064 REGION: Pacific governments urged to protect freedom of expression Date -- 20 April 1999 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- WAAC-Pacific Region>, 20/4/99 Copyright – WAAC Status – Unabridged

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