Pacific media body criticised for stifling dissent

The Pacific Islands News Association has been accused of stifling dissent at its recent conference in Fiji. [iStockphoto: Thinkstock]
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The Pacific Islands News Association has been accused of stifling dissent at its recent conference in Fiji. [iStockphoto: Thinkstock]

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Dr Marc Edge speaks to Bruce Hill

Created: 27/04/2012

Last Updated: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:36:00 +1000

The Pacific Islands News Association has been criticised for allegedly stifling dissent at its recent conference in Fiji.

The Pacific Media Summit was hosted by PINA at Pacific Harbour in Fiji last month.

Organisers say there was a sense of unity among those who attended the forum.

But School of Journalism coordinator at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Marc Edge says, there was a lot of disagreement behind the scenes.

He told Radio Australia that opposition to the direction of the regional media organisation was not heard because the other side wasn't present at the meeting.

"The PINA conference organisers have to be very happy that they kept a lid on all the dissension but that was largely because many of the dissenters were not there," he said.

"And those who were dissenters either tried to act as conciliators or were not able to make their voices heard because it seems most of the decisions were made behind closed doors."

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