News journalists reminded to maintain integrity, ethics

NUKU’ALOFA, 08 MAY 2018 (POST COURIER) – Journalists from the Pacific were reminded to maintain their integrity and continue to uphold ethical values in order to fight corruption in the region.

More than 30 journalists from the region are currently attending a week-long Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) 5th Pacific Media Summit in Tonga.

PINA President Moses Steven in his opening speech told journalists that their main roles were to educate and inform their people.

“As journalists and news organisations our job is to educate, inform and entertain,” Stevens said.

“I can say I am pleased to see that media houses in the region are now building their media organisations to ensure they fulfill their roles as news providers.”

He said people’s lack of knowledge also contributed to corrupt practices especially during election time.

Stevens said corrupted practices by people who lacked vital information help put their friends in higher offices.

“This sort of corruption must be looked at and as journalists our aim is to inform and educate,” he said.

He said corruption undermined the rule of law and weakened people’s  trust in leaders.

Tonga Minister for Justice and Prison Vu a Fa’ otusia officially opened the summit.

Australia High Commission to Tonga Andrew Ford also welcomed all participants and reminded journalists that good governance was important for any country and institution to ensure they fight corruption.

The pre-session summit began with presentations on the role of media in oversight and accountability – following the work of integrity institutions.