|Fiji publisher/freelancer Ricardo Morris|
Morris, a Suva-based freelance journalist and publisher of Republika Magazine, is a founding member of the PFF and takes up the voluntary role from outgoing coordinator Jason Brown, of the Samoa Observer.
"We welcome the commitment and leadership of our new coordinator and the insights that he will bring to the regional and global media monitoring networks," says PFF Chair Titi Gabi of PNG.
PFF co-chair Monica Miller from American Samoa, noted the tasks facing the new coordinator.
"It is no small ask for anyone to accept the hat of leading the direction, engagement and focus for PFF's efforts to speak out on free speech, free media. Ricardo
takes on the role not just at an important time for media in his country, but for regional media as a whole."
"PFF's direct links to practising Pacific journalists across the region continues to show us that as the watchdog industry, we need to be vigilant of the people's right to know, even as we must strengthen processes for the people's right to let us know what they think of news ethics and media standards," she said.
In his role as Coordinator, Morris will be leading drafting work and engagement with a range of PFF partners. He will also advise on advocacy and partnership projects with PFF members around ethics and self-regulation and lead PFF's Pacific hosting of the annual red-letter day for journalists, World Press Freedom Day, every May 3. --ENDS
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The Pacific Freedom Forum are a regional and global online network of Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent of raising awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom of expression and be served by a free and independent media. We believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments to good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to the attention of the wider regional and international community.