USP PLANS LIVELY MEDIA FREEDOM DAY DEBATES, ACTIVITIES

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 29, 2002 - Wansolwara Online-USP Journalism/Pacific Media Watch)---The University of the South Pacific journalism program plans a lively day of debates and activities on World Media Freedom Day on Friday, May 3.

Here is the program:

9:00 am-9:45 am: Open day print, radio and video presentations in Newsroom and labs, H301A, Humanities Building, by student journalists

9:45 am-10:00 am: Cultural performance, introduced by Jackie Crenshaw, Journalism Students Association (JSA)

10:00 am-11:00 am: Fiji Human Rights Commission director Dr. Shaista Shameem: Keynote Address: "Human rights and the Media: The Challenge for a Genuinely Free Press in the Pacific." Lecture Theatre H101, Humanities Building (basement, near Journalism). Response: Debbie Singh, freelance journalist and regional media consultant. Facilitator: Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate, Head of the School of Humanities.

11:00 am-12:00 noon: Panel of editors, reporters and commentators discussing media freedom and the newsroom: Fiji Sun editor Samisoni Pareti, Daily Post reporter Mithleshni Gurdayal, Fiji Times deputy chief-of-staff Matelita Ragogo, Fiji Television's Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Daily Post reporter Josephine Prasad, former Review editor and lecturer Shailendra Singh, Pacific News Bulletin editor Stanley Simpson, Radio Fiji reporter Tamani Nair, Wansolwara editor Tara Chetty, media and politics lecturer Dr. Tarcissius Kabataulaka. Lecture Theatre H101. Facilitator: Journalism coordinator David Robie

12:00 noon-12:30 pm: Late morning tea in Newsroom, H301A

12:30 pm-1:45 pm (lunchtime session, Newsroom):

1. UNESCO media freedom mini-doco

2. USP/UNESCO/SPC journalism students documentary (52 min): "The Culture of Peace in the Pacific Islands" (includes press freedom)

2:00 pm-2:45 pm: Steve Sharp, lecturer in journalism: "Conflict, the Media and Building a Culture of Peace." Lecture Theatre H101. Facilitator: Shailendra Singh

2:45 pm-3:15 pm: Luisa Tora, winner of the French Embassy Prize to Nouméa, New Caledonia: "The Media in New Caledonia: Some Personal Impressions." Lecture Theatre H101. Facilitator: Ashwini Prabha

3:15 pm-4:00 pm: Student forum: Panel of JSA students: "Journalism as a Career: Are We Paid What We Are Worth? Or Are We Worth What We're Paid?" Fiji: Joe Yaya; Kiribati: Akka Rimon; Maldives: Noora Ali; Nauru: Joanna Olsson; Nigeria: Abby Foluke; Samoa: Jackie Crenshaw; Solomon Islands: Evan Wasuka; Tonga: Latu Matoto; Tuvalu: Melali Taape ; Vanuatu: Cindy Toka. Lecture Theatre H101. Facilitator: Vicky Lepou, JSA president

4:00 pm: Closing cultural performance and afternoon tea (JSA), Newsroom, H301A

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