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Pacific Islands News Association
Suva, Fiji Islands
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July 22, 1999

CONNIE CHEW LEADS NEW FIJI SUN TEAM

SUVA---A former news editor of the original Fiji Sun newspaper has been named editor-in-chief of a new Fiji Sun to begin publication soon.

She is Connie Chew, who has returned to Fiji after working on and editing community newspapers in the United States.

The new daily newspaper is backed by local business investors. It has recruited a number of former staff members of the original Sun, a popular daily with a reputation for investigative journalism. The original Sun was closed during the 1987 Fiji military coups.

The new Fiji Sun will compete with the region's largest daily newspaper, The Fiji Times, and the Daily Post, in which the Fiji Islands Government is the largest shareholder with 44 percent interest.

PRIME MINISTER CHAUDHRY TO OPEN PINA 99

SUVA---Fiji Islands Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has accepted an invitation to open the 1999 Pacific Islands News Association convention, to be held in Suva October 8-11.

The Prime Minister has recently been a critic of the Fiji Islands news media.

In a letter of acceptance, his press secretary, Alipate Mataitini, said the Prime Minister "looks forward to meaningful discussions on issues relative to the media."

The PINA convention is the main annual conference of the Pacific Islands news media. For information, contact Nine Ratulele, pina@is.com.fj

WOMEN’S RADIO OPENS IN FIJI

SUVA---A small FM radio station run by women in a regional community education training program opens outside the Fiji capital of Suva Friday.

The station is part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Community Education Training Centre at Narere, between Suva city and Nausori airport.

Their station is funded by New Zealand Overseas Development Assistance. It will broadcast to communities near the center as part of training for women in a one-year regional course in community education.

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