Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Akauola keen to see IFEX transparency and governance model come to the Pacific<<
>Inspirational company: PINA's Matai Akauola with IFEX members Chris Warren of MEAA Australia (back), Owais Ali of PPF in Pakistan, Joel Simon of the global Committee for the Protection of Journalists, and IFJ international head Aidan White (front) Akauola says the IFEX 09 meeting process, long on heated discussion and debate over procedural issues before resulting in a general meeting vote of support for stronger strategic planning and networking, provides a handy template for breathing new strength into regional media unity in the Pacific. The insights will be catalysed by his successful bid for one of the 7 available spots on the IFEX council, a two year post for which PINA was nominated by the Association of Carribbean Media, a regional network based in Trinidad. The council provides oversight to the work of IFEX and sets up the general meetings. IFEX executive members will be voted on in the next 30 days from those on the council.
PFF has joined the gender working group, aiming to bring Pacific lessons and insights to help grow clarity in this critical area.