Civil society across the region - PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga, presenting at high level UN event on post-2015 agenda. Photo / PIANGO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Talofa, greetings civil society partners,
Not always in ways some feel that media 'should', but how media 'could' with shrinking capacity - and nearly always for public good. Now, news media need help from civil society organisations - to #saveshortwave.
Here's why :
On 31st January, ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, cut off shortwave broadcasts to the Pacific region – the latest in years of cutbacks. This means there is just one regional shortwave service remaining - RNZI – now in its seventh year of a funding freeze.
Ending nearly 80 years of shortwave service has been widely criticised, with just over 1,000 supporters joining our petition already. Among them, Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, and senior officials from around the island region. Even Australia's own Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop has expressed concern.
Please consider formally signing our PFF petition, here : https://www.change.org/p/abc-chair-hon-james-spigelman-save-lifesaving-shortwave-radio-to-the-pacific
Please consider making a submission to the senate hearings by 10th May later this year, here : http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Shortwaveradio
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