PACIFIC MEDIA LEADERS AT WORLD MEDIA AND TERRORISM CONFERENCE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---Two senior Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) members will participate in an international conference on Terrorism and Media as part of UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day celebrations.

Terrorism and Media is the theme of this year's World Press Freedom Day, marked around the world each year on May 3.

To attend the UNESCO conference in Manila, Philippines, are:

Themes to be debated at the Manila conference, the main international celebration of World Press Freedom Day, include:

Journalists from around the world whose daily work exposes them to the dangers of terrorism and violence will take part.

So will representatives of leading international professional organizations and non-governmental civil rights bodies.

Participants are expected to adopt recommendations concerning press freedom and the safety of journalists working in violent environments.

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will also mark World Press Freedom Day with a ceremony at Malacañang Palace, in Manila.

This year's $25,000 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will be presented by Director General Matsuura to Zimbabwean journalist Geoffrey Nyarota.

Mr. Nyarota, 50, is the editor-in-chief of Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper, the Daily News.

Despite many death threats and two bomb attacks against his paper, Mr. Nyarota has persisted in denouncing corruption and criminal activities among top government officials in his country.

He has been arrested and detained repeatedly and there are several libel suits pending against him.

President Macapagal-Arroyo and Director General Matsuura will also present a plaque commemorating the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a victim of international terrorism. He was assassinated in Pakistan in February of this year.

Two photographic exhibitions will be held alongside the conference. One, organized by Agence France Presse at the Westin Plaza, will be about terrorism, while another, at the National Museum, will focus on press freedom.

PINA'S MAIN EVENT IN MADANG

PINA's main regional World Press Freedom Day/World Media Freedom Day event is a six-day Training the Trainers in Crisis Reporting workshop.

This will be held on the campus of Divine Word University in Madang, in northern Papua New Guinea.

Participants include news executives, senior journalists, and journalism trainers from the Cook Islands, the Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

They will -- with support from the Divine Word University Communication Arts Department -- develop a crisis reporting training module that can be used throughout the region.

It will be designed so it can be adapted for use by trainers at regional, national or newsroom level, or in journalism school courses. It will be distributed through manuals and on CDs.

Workshop trainers and participants will also join the May3 World Press Freedom Day celebrations on Divine Word University's campus. This will include taking part in panel discussions with students.

Funding and support for the workshop and training module development has been obtained from the AusAID Pacific Media Initiative. This is Australia's main program helping regional news media development.

The workshop's lead trainers are:

The training-the-trainers workshop is based on recommendations from PINA's Media and Violence: Designing Coverage to Foster Peace workshop.

This was held as part of last October's 2001 PINA convention in Madang.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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