Regional Archive May 2021

Samoa's first female prime minister was locked out of parliament by the country's outgoing leader - but still sworn into office in a makeshift ceremony held inside a tent.

FAST Party Lawyer Dismisses Claims of Swearing in as Illegal

The lawyer acting for the FAST party in Samoa has rejected claims that the swearing in of the party's Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as Prime Minister on Monday, in a tent outside of Parliament, was unlawful and unconstitutional.
Matisse Walkden-Brown & Cath Cooksley-Little of PTI Australia.

Transforming Digital Design in the Pacific

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia has announced a new collaboration with online visual communication platform Canva, providing tailored training and scholarships for 250 Pacific businesses with access to the Canva Pro platform.
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (above) unseated the world's second-longest serving prime minister - Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi - who has been ruling the country since 1998.

The Woman Who Unseated Samoa's Prime Minister of 20 years

Samoa is set to get its first female prime minister, marking the end of unprecedented political drama in the small Pacific island nation.
“But journalists need to be able to rely on their own independent reporting, without fear or favour, not just media conferences,” said Mr. Pareti.

Pacific Anti-corruption Journalists Call for Regional Commitment to Media Freedom

Marking World Press Freedom Day 2021, the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN) has called for a regional Pacific commitment to boost media freedom and help increase reporting on activities at risk of corruption.
The current PINA board members.

“Media Workers Are also COVID-19 Frontline Workers,” says PINA President

As we join the global community in marking the UNESCO 2021 World Press Freedom Day today, the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) acknowledges the great sacrifice and commitment of our media workers in covering the COVID19 pandemic and related issues.
“Engaging in meaningful conversations with young people, who make up more than half of our population in the Pacific, is key to improving understanding of one of the few primary industries accessible to all Pacific Island economies,” said FFA Director General Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.

Pacific Youth lead the Conversation on World Tuna Day

Amplifying the voices of young Pacific people and addressing their questions and concerns is at the heart of the Teen Tuna Tok campaign, launched this week to mark World Tuna Day (Sunday 2nd May 2021).