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Welcome to the 14 February 2001 edition of the online news service from the UNESCO/Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Pacific Journalism Development Centre, Suva, Fiji Islands. The centre was set up under the UNESCO IPDC/PINA project PACTRAINER.

1. PINA Experiences Helping East Timorese Journalists 2. PINA 6 Selected For Small States Science Journalism Workshop 3. PINA Members Protest Dawn Deportation Of Vanuatu Publisher 4. New Zealand Academic Stirs Up A Pacific Storm 5. Radio Company Launches Papua New Guinea Internet Site 6. New Pacific-Wide Magazine Uses Internet Technology 7. Samoa Observer Announces Felolini Maria Ifopo As Deputy Editor 8. Pacific Islanders Win UNESCO Gold 9. Site To Watch: http://www.pngvillage.com 

1. PINA Experiences Helping East Timorese Journalists

Suva (PINA Nius Online) - Pacific Islands experience and expertise are helping the new journalists association being formed for an independent East Timor.

Nina Ratulele, who runs the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) secretariat in Suva, addressed the inaugural congress of the Timor Lorosa’e Journalists Association.

She was invited to Dili to speak on how PINA is set up, how it operates, and its successful work promoting media training, media freedom and professional cooperation.

Ratulele was also asked to be adviser to the new association’s strategy and programme committee.

Following Ratulele’s address to the congress, international development agencies helping the East Timorese are looking at funding East Timorese journalists to take part in PINA programmes.

Ratulele also congratulated the East Timorese journalists on their brave struggle. She presented their new association an engraved traditional Fijian club from PINA president William Parkinson, vice-president Oseah Philemon, and PINA executives and members.

Ratulele is PINA administrator, editor of PINA Nius Online and a member of the governing council of IFEX, the worldwide network of media freedom and freedom of expression organisations.

Ratulele also spoke with the East Timorese journalists about membership in IFEX. She has been working to help their participation in this year’s IFEX conference and workshops in Bangkok.

Her travel to East Timor was sponsored by UNESCO’s Regional Communication Adviser for the Pacific States, Tarja Virtanen, who has been helping media development in East Timor. The East Timorese journalists hosted Ratulele in Dili.

The Timor Lorosa’e Journalists Association declared their desire to build an independent and free press for their new nation out of the ashes of destruction left behind by the Indonesian occupation.

More than 150 delegates attended the congress, representing 14 new media organisations formed in the United Nations-administered territory since a 1999 referendum voted overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesia.

Delegates declared their intention to speak on behalf of journalists in East Timor and to campaign for free press provisions during the constitutional assembly to draft a charter for East Timor.

Fears were expressed that investigative reports on local issues could cause tension in a community not used to the give and take of a free press. The association, it is hoped, will offer protection for the local media.

"This is an opportunity for all of us to build a strong, professional base," said Virgilio da Silva Guterres, one of the organisers and an editor with Lalenok, a local magazine. "The free press will be one of the foundations of our nation."

The congress was broadcast live on Radio Ramkabian, a new Dili community radio station which timed its debut to coincide with the congress.

There are four radio stations in the territory, two daily newspapers and eight other publications, all of which have begun operating since late 1999.

The pro-Indonesia militia violence following the referendum destroyed almost all media infrastructure in East Timor.

The territory is slated for full independence late this year or in early 2002.

Congress participants also dedicated a new road in Dili, Press Freedom Avenue (Avenida da Liberdade de Imprensa), along the highway where Dutch journalist Sander Thoenes was killed by Indonesian soldiers in 1999.

They also travelled to the rural town of Balibo to inaugurate a memorial to five Australian, British and New Zealand journalists killed by Indonesian troops in October 1975 while trying to report Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor. The country had been a Portuguese colony.

Hamish McDonald, author of the book, "Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra," which chronicles the assassination of the journalists, reminded delegates of the sacrifices that journalists have made to cover the territory since 1975.

McDonald urged Timorese journalists not to wait passively for outside agencies to investigate atrocities during the Indonesian occupation but to carry out investigations themselves. "There are many thousands of witnesses out in your villages waiting to be interviewed."

The congress was organized locally and supported by UNESCO, the United Nations Transitional Authority for East Timor, the World Press Freedom Committee, The Freedom Forum, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (Jakarta) and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance of Australia.

2. PINA 6 Selected For Small States Science Journalism Workshop

Suva (PINA Nius Online) - Six Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) nominees have been selected to take part in a science journalism workshop for small states being held in Canberra.

The workshop is a joint initiative of UNESCO, India’s Committee on Science and Technology in Developing States, and the Australian National University Centre for Public Awareness of Science.

It includes workshop sessions on issues such as reporting science, science concepts, science research, training for science journalism and broadcasting science information.

There will be study visits to institutions such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station, and National Science and Technology Centre.

PINA participants are:

· Johnson Honimae, of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation;

· Jeane Matenga, of Radio Cook Islands;

· Firmin Nanol, of YUMI FM, Papua New Guinea;

· Viniana Nimosamalua, of Fiji's Ministry of Information;

· Oltrick Santos, of Radio Pohnpei;

· Viola Ulakai, of Radio and Television Tonga.

The PINA participation was made possible through support from UNESCO’s Regional Science Adviser, Hans Thulstrup, who is based in Samoa.

3. PINA Members Protest Dawn Deportation Of Vanuatu Publisher By Nina Ratulele

Suva (PINA Nius Online) - The banging on the door came at 5.30am. Two vehicles full of police had come to take the shocked journalist away. The police refused to let him call his lawyer. They refused to let him pack some clothes. They would not even let him take his medicine for diabetes.

Within an hour they had taken him from his home to the international airport and bundled him on to an early-morning flight. They deported him from the country he had invested in and lived in for 11 years. They did so without warning at dawn and without a chance for him to appeal to the courts.

Where did this happen? Not in some military dictatorship. It happened in Vanuatu, a country where media freedom had made big progress in recent years.

Deported was British-born newspaperman Marc Neil-Jones. He is founder, publisher and driving force of Vanuatu’s first successful independent newspaper, the twice-weekly Vanuatu Trading Post. Neil-Jones had set up the Vanuatu Trading Post in partnership with local investors after first coming to the Pacific to work on newspapers in Papua New Guinea.

The arrival of the police at his door followed a series of investigative reports he had recently done. The reports in the Trading Post revealed deals Vanuatu’s Government was allegedly negotiating with foreign businessmen and the backgrounds of some of those it was involved with.

Neil-Jones and his newspaper reported, for example, that:

 One Asian businessman named an honorary Vanuatu consul was alleged to have a criminal record.

 Another Asian businessman being eyed by the government as a financial saviour was alleged to have been accused of fraud back in Asia.

The reports were causing growing concern in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s pretty waterfront capital. They were also causing growing anger within the government of Prime Minister Barak Sope.

Sope is a veteran survivor of the wheeler-dealing world of Vanuatu’s ‘Big Man’ politics. He has a history of involvement with suspect deals, according to the regional news magazine Pacific Magazine. Economic reforms have slowed since Sope engineered the defeat of his predecessor and became prime minister in late 1999, Pacific Magazine said recently. Sope said Vanuatu is overburdened with debt and sorting this out is his priority.

Sope was out of the country when the police arrived at Neil-Jones’ door. But a statement issued in the name of his office said: "Trading Post publisher has been investigating the Government of Vanuatu in almost every activity. Our information revealed that the Trading Post publisher has some sources in Government who have been providing state secrets to him.

"He seemed to be getting access to confidential reports and continues to publish these reports despite being labelled ‘state secret.’ His permit does not allow him to be involved in Vanuatu’s internal politics. His unbalanced and negative reporting continues to instigate instability and is detrimental to investor’s confidence in Vanuatu.

"He seemed not to appreciate that Vanuatu's culture must be respected even in media freedom."

Whoever in government thought ordering the dawn deportation would end their problems with Neil-Jones miscalculated. International, regional and local publicity about the government’s alleged deals and friends increased as news of the deportation spread. Fellow Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) members from throughout the region led the way with a barrage of protest faxes to Sope’s office.

Vanuatu’s Opposition Leader, Edward Natapei, called the deportation illegal, undemocratic and dictatorial. He said the real reason for it was that Neil-Jones was about to break more news on a questionable deal between the government and an Asian businessman.

Natapei said transparency by the government is one of the fundamental principles of Vanuatu’s Comprehensive Reform Programme. He said when his Vanuaaku Pati led the government it respected the work done by the Vanuatu news media, particularly the Trading Post. This was because the people have a right to know what their government is doing, he said.

Stevenson Liu, president of the national media association Pres Klab blong Vanuatu, said it was very concerned about the government action. It called on the government to use the judicial system rather than deportation if it was concerned about media reports. It pledged to work for continuing media freedom.

PINA said it was appalled. PINA said the deportation of Neil-Jones was a chilling threat to freedom of expression and information in Vanuatu. PINA appealed to the Vanuatu Government not to return Vanuatu to grim days past when there were no independent media and the government-owned media came under constant government pressure.

Vanuatu’s Ombudsman Hannington Alatoa said it appeared the government acted illegally and may have breached Neil-Jones' constitutional rights. He began an investigation.

Acting Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek seemed to agree. In response to an urgent request from Neil-Jones’ lawyer he issued an interim order to the government to allow Neil-Jones to enter, reside, and work in Vanuatu. A court hearing on the deportation order was ordered.

Neil-Jones, deported to Brisbane on a Friday morning, returned on the Sunday night to a triumphant welcome even though he arrived near midnight. More than 200 cheering and clapping supporters were waiting at Bauerfield International Airport to welcome him. Local media said heavy pressure was put on the government-owned Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation not to show pictures of the crowd in its TV news.

Footnotes:

Prime Minister Sope went on national radio and TV to criticise Neil-Jones’ reports, calling them lies. He said he would change the law if needed to ensure Neil-Jones is deported. Police began investigating how the newspaper got its information.

Neil-Jones was admitted to hospital in Port Vila after collapsing from complications believed related to diabetes and stress.

PINA and Commonwealth Press Union colleagues of Neil-Jones continued to rally in support, calling for the Vanuatu Government to respect the fundamental human rights to freedom of information and expression.

4. New Zealand Academic Stirs Up A Pacific Storm

Suva (Pacific Magazine/PINA Nius Online) - A New Zealand academic and Fiji’s feisty and diverse independent news media have been slugging it out in a brawl spanning the Internet.

In the red corner: David Robie, University of the South Pacific's journalism coordinator at its Suva campus, weighing in with the support of colleagues in the university's academic staff association.

In the blue corner: An irate Fiji news media. They are led by the region’s biggest daily newspaper, the region's major locally owned broadcasting group, and the head of the regional association of the news media.

The contest: Over a 7000-word paper by Robie questioning Fiji media professionalism. It has been met with allegations of bias and improper research.

A round-by-round report compiled by Pacific Magazine’s Suva newsroom:

ROUND ONE

Robie - no stranger to clashes with local media during three years working in Suva - presents his paper at an Australian Journalism Education Association conference. He calls it "Coup Coup Land: The Press and Putsch in Fiji." It lists allegations against the Fiji news media performance before, during and after the May 19 Fiji coup.

Robie has been critical of Fiji news media at overseas conferences before. But this has largely gone unnoticed in Fiji.

The difference this time: Three young Fiji journalists, in Australia on a Pacific Islands News Association (PINA)-supported training programme, are in the audience. The trio, Vijay Narayan (FM96 news editor), Imraz Iqbal (Fiji Television reporter), and Frederica Delailomaloma (Fiji Times reporter), all covered the Fiji coup and its aftermath.

ROUND TWO

The Fiji journalists return home and news of Robie's paper spreads rapidly in Suva's newsrooms. Copies are downloaded from the Journalism Education Association website ( http://www.uq.edu.au/jrn/jea/full-program.htm ).

ROUND THREE

PINA Nius Online - the daily regional news service of the Pacific Islands News Association - reports Robie’s paper alleged sectors of Fiji’s media waged a "bitter campaign" against deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his Labour-led government after their election in 1999. It says the Robie paper questioned the professionalism of the Fiji news media.

Some Fiji women journalists are alleged to have used sexual relations to gain information from politicians, it says. The paper also claimed many Fiji journalists are young and untrained.

PINA Nius Online says that according to Robie’s paper, after the Chaudhry government’s election Fiji’s biggest-selling newspaper, the award-winning Fiji Times, appeared to wage a relentless campaign against it. This was done both through editorials and "slanted" news coverage, the Robie paper says.

ROUND FOUR

Robie quickly circulates a news release by e-mail headlined "Author slams flawed PINA Nius Online report."

He claims the PINA Nius Online report is a thinly disguised opinion and an example of the "distorted, unfair journalism and misrepresentation that part of my paper deals with."

He urges people to read his full paper. "My paper addresses the poor relationship between the media and the coalition government as a factor in the upheaval, and the subsequent coverage of the illegal regime and reconciliation," he says.

ROUND FIVE

One of Fiji’s three daily newspapers, the Daily Post, runs a report in which leading Fiji media executives Ken Clark (Fiji TV), William Parkinson (Communications Fiji Limited) and Alan Robinson (Fiji Times) criticise Robie’s paper.

The Robie paper is described as inaccurate and an insult to brave Fiji journalists who covered the coup in very difficult and dangerous circumstances.

ROUND SIX

Robie defends his paper and says the copy on the conference website is "only a draft."

"The irony is that the extraordinary reaction to it has highlighted the very hypocrisy and appalling journalism standards that I wrote about in the paper," he alleges.

"Media freedom in Fiji, it seems, remains only alive and well among some media executives who are happy with the status quo." He also suggests one of the Fiji journalists at the conference was there as a "propagandist for the illegal regime."

ROUND SEVEN

Parkinson, a Fiji journalist who founded and runs the region’s biggest independent radio network and is PINA’s president, says he and Fiji colleagues would "welcome a well-researched and balanced critique of the performance of the media in Fiji over the past two years."

"What we do object to is when an academic chooses to publish and present a work claiming to be an analysis of the media’s performance... that in fact is a poorly-researched diatribe which seems to be aimed mainly at self aggrandisement.

"Robie wonders why we have reacted strongly to his innocuous little paper. Maybe it is because we are sick of being insulted by foreign academics; diplomats, politicians and journalists who seek to write ‘dramatic’ headline-driven and downright inaccurate pieces at our expense.

On the performance of Fiji's journalists, Parkinson says: "In general, the media through this period handled the situation with extreme professionalism and very real bravery."

ROUND EIGHT

Robie responds: "These attacks by Fiji radio businessman William Parkinson and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) on my personal integrity and the credibility of the USP program are dishonest and offensive. Let the facts and my argument in the Journalism Education Association conference paper... speak for themselves."

ROUND NINE

Fiji Times publisher Robinson and editor-in-chief Russell Hunter meet with USP Vice-Chancellor Esekia Solofa. They present a formal complaint about Robie’s paper, and a detailed rebuttal of it.

They point out that over the term of the Chaudhry government The Fiji Times ran 54 comments and opinion pieces backing the government and 52 criticising it.

Robinson says: "He has failed to check ANY facts and he has failed to seek any form of balance in his determination to vilify this newspaper before an audience of journalism academics.

"He has manufactured 'evidence' to establish an erroneous conclusion. This is academically and professionally dishonest and it is deeply worrying to us that Mr Robie is charged with the training of journalists.

"Our own conclusion is this. The head of your journalism programme has failed to carry out even the most cursory research, favouring instead, the opinions of those who will support his preconceived views."

ROUND TEN

Robie responds: "I am disappointed at the bullying tactics and the hypocrisy of the Fiji Times. It is unfortunate that a newspaper that claims to support free speech and media freedom cannot find a journalistic way to debate the issues.

"Trying to gag me will not make the issues go away. Many individual journalists, diplomats and aid officials are among people who have personally complimented me on making public the issues."

ROUND 11

The president of the USP academic staff association, Biman Prasad, alleges a media campaign to discredit Robie and the USP's journalism programme. Prasad says the university’s journalism programme has won "widespread acclaim under Mr. Robie’s leadership."

"We believe that Mr Robie is only doing his work as an academic and it becomes the university’s responsibility to defend him and the programme from unnecessary comments from some elements of the media."

Radio Australia quotes USP academic staff association spokesperson Scott MacWilliam as saying that at a meeting on campus the Vice Chancellor supported the principle of academic freedom and defended Robie’s competence and integrity.

ROUND 12

Fiji Times editor-in-chief Hunter responds: "As usual David Robie marshalls his forces when under attack in order to divert attention from the main issue. His academic freedom is not under attack here.

"Indeed, readers may recall that The Fiji Times (which is now accused of everything from hypocrisy to bullying) published an editorial strongly supporting Mr Robie's right to carry out research and express opinions.

"What is under attack is his academic competence as a result of his paper which arrived at a bogus conclusions on the basis of no research whatsoever."

5. Radio Company Launches Papua New Guinea Internet Site

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online) - Media company PNGFM Ltd has launched its fourth brand into the Papua New Guinea market - its world wide web site.

PNGFM, founded by Communications Fiji Limited and Papua New Guinea partners, is the holding company for radio stations NAUFM, YUMIFM and Total Event Company. Communications Fiji Limited also operates radio stations in Fiji (3) and Solomon Islands (1).

PNGFM has branched out into the ever-increasing World Wide Web with the introduction of the Internet site www.pngvillage.com , an interactive site for users.

It is hoped that www.pngvillage.com will give both international and domestic users a site that will give them information about what¹s happening in PNG, the company said.

It said some of the features the user can expect are: free email hosting, message board, chat rooms, exchange rates, breaking news stories, audio feeds of news stories in ‘tok pisin,’ and on line shopping.

PNGFM said that Simon Kepui would manage the site, with a focus on increasing the facilities that are offered online.

We have a number of projects that will be implemented through 2001, so if you’re on the Net, get on to www.pngvillage.com and keep checking the pages, Mr. Kepui said when asked what the public can expect in the new website.

"One of the user-friendly features that you can access now is the PNG villager of the week. This will give people an opportunity to post their photos and pass their greetings to their friends and families both in PNG and around the world.

PNGFM also thanked its Internet Service Provider provider Online South Pacific for helping develop the site.

A direct request line is also available through pngvillage.com to both radio stations NAUFM and YUMIFM.

6. New Pacific-Wide Magazine Launched Using Internet Technology

Suva (PINA Nius Online) - Internet technology has been used to produce the first news magazine fully covering both the North and South Pacific islands.

First editions of the new Pacific Magazine were printed simultaneously on presses in Honolulu and Suva.

It follows the decision of leading regional news companies Islands Business International, Fiji, and Pacific Basin Communications, Hawai‘i, to combine resources to produce a magazine for the whole region.

The companies have also launched a major regional website, http://www.pacificislands.cc 

The Internet helps make the regional reach of the new Pacific magazine possible. The magazine covers 25 island countries and territories across the vast Pacific Ocean.

A letter to readers in the first issue explains how this is done as deadline nears: It tells how a report, including words and photos, moves from writer Tuo Chinula, to editors Laisa Taga and Giff Johnson, designer Erwin Baracao and graphic artist Virendra Prasad.

Five media professionals busy working together in the same building and watching the same clock as they ensure they meet a deadline? it asks. Not quite.

They are thousands of kilometres apart on different islands. Chinula is in Noumea, New Caledonia; Taga in Suva, Fiji Islands; Johnson in Majuro, Marshall Islands; Baracao in Honolulu, Hawai'i; and Prasad back in Suva, Fiji.

"They are using computers and the Internet to communicate and work in a digital newsroom spanning the world’s greatest ocean," the letter to readers explains. "Welcome to the world of Pacific, your new news magazine helping bridge the news divide and strengthen growing links between the North and South Pacific."

Majuro-based Johnson, Pacific's Managing Editor North Pacific, adds: "Such a step would have been impossible just five short years ago, but the age of electronic communication has finally taken root.

Johnson and Taga both stress that despite the new technology that makes the new magazine and the website possible, the focus remains on journalism excellence.

"Technology doesn’t produce a good read," says Johnson. "That still comes from from reporters on the beat." Adds Taga, Managing Editor South Pacific:

"Journalists have to inform people and inform them accurately. People’s views are shaped by what journalists tell them."

Pacific Magazine and www.pacificislands.cc were launched by Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase during ceremonies in Suva. He praised journalists working for the magazine - and described them as an inspiration for Fiji journalists to follow.

"The standards of journalism they maintain remind us of what is possible," Qarase said. "They know their business, they can write, they are accurate, they take time to understand issues and they can be trusted."

Pacific Basin Communications will continue to publish other publications in its group from its headquarters in Honolulu. They include its flagship magazine, Hawaii Business.

Islands Business International will continue to publish its 10 other magazines from its base in Suva, including specialist South Pacific business publications.

7. Samoa Observer Announces Felolini Maria Ifopo As Deputy Editor

Apia (Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online) - The Samoa Observer has announced Felolini Maria Ifopo has been appointed Deputy Editor of its award-winning newspapers.

In this new position in the company, Miss Ifopo will assist the Observer’s founder, editor and publisher Savea Sano Malifa in the day-to-day running of the newspapers.

Malifa was last year named one of 50 world press freedom heroes of the past 50 years by the International Press Institute, the worldwide body of editors and news executives.

Miss Ifopo was raised and educated in New Zealand, but her parents, Mau’u Lopeti and Nivaga Migao, were originally from Samoa.

She has degrees in journalism and the arts and has held editorial positions on newspapers in New Zealand and Britain. She has also had training in photography, management and economics.

The Samoa Observer is the only daily newspaper in Samoa and has won a series of international awards for its defence of freedom of freedom of expression and information. Its reporting on corruption issues has led to the burning down of its building and printing press, the assault of Malifa, threats to him and his family and a failed plot to kill him.

Awards the Observer has won include the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Pacific Freedom of Information Award and the Commonwealth Press Union’s Astor Award.

8. Pacific Islanders Win UNESCO Gold

Suva (PINA Nius Online) - A TY documentary by Pacific Islanders ‘Atu Emberson-Bain and Michael Rokotuiviwa Preston has won the UNESCO gold medal award in the first New York Festivals award for productions from developing countries.

The Where the Rivers Meet documentary was researched, written, produced and directed by Tongan-born Fiji Islander Emberson-Bain. Camera and sound was by Fiji-born Michael Rokotuiviwa Preston, who composed and performed the film’s original music.

Where the Rivers Meet was commissioned in 1998 by the World Council of Churches Peace to the City Campaign. The global campaign produced a series of documentaries showcasing community-based peace-building initiatives in societies beleaguered by violence or conflict.

The seven cities chosen were Durban (South Africa), Boston (U.S.A.), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Rio de Janiero (Brazil), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kingston (Jamaica), and Suva (Fiji Islands).

Where the Rivers Meet is set against the backdrop of Fiji’s 1987 military coups and a colonial legacy of ethnic division.

It features the work of three civil society organizations to build cultural understanding, religious tolerance, and respect for human rights. They are Interfaith Search (Fiji), People for Intercultural Awareness, and the Citizens Constitutional Forum.

The New York Festivals have been organising annual competitions to honour outstanding achievements in a variety of media for more than forty years.

The UNESCO awards have become part of their annual International Television Programming Awards competition.

Since 1995, UNESCO Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals have been awarded to television documentaries on themes that best exemplify the goals and ideals of UNESCO. These themes have included human rights, cultural and gender issues, eradication of poverty, social issues such as the elimination of child labour, preserving the environment, education, freedom of expression, and peace.

Last year, the New York office of UNESCO and New York Festivals created a new category in the competition especially to honour television documentaries from developing countries and emerging states. They received entries from Africa, the Arab States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Central Asia and Eastern Europe as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

‘Atu Emberson-Bain is an independent consultant, researcher and documentary filmmaker. Her previous documentaries include Caught in the Crossfire, a film about sex workers in Fiji that was also a collaborative production with Michael Preston.

Emberson-Bain is a graduate of the universities of Oxford, London, and the Australian National University in Canberra. Fiji-born Michael Preston is a professional musician (saxophone, percussion) and sound engineer who has performed and taught music in Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia.

9. Site To Watch: Pngvillage.Com

Papua New Guinea’s news media continue to lead the Pacific Way on news on the Internet. Daily newspapers Papua New Guinea Post-Courier and The National both have news-packed websites. The weekly newspaper group Word Publishing is also has a regularly updated news site. Now joining them is: http://www.pngvillage.com 

It includes regular updates from the news teams of the PNGFM stations NAUFM and YUMIFM.

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