Daily news outlet Cook Islands News becomes official home for newly-registered regional media freedom watchdog.
Deputy Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate says he’s fully supportive of the registration by the Pacific Freedom Forum in the Cook Islands this week.
“This is a really positive development for media in the region and the fact that the Cook Islands was chosen by the majority of PFF journalists as the country to be registered in is, I believe, testament to democracy and media freedoms being alive and very well here.”
Sir Terepai (right) said following the enactment of the Official Information Act, often known as the Freedom of Information, having PFF registered in the Cook Islands is seen as being “very positive for the country.”
“This shows that regional media organisations and individuals consider the Cook Islands as a stable, democratic country where our Constitution is intact and respected, a good place to register a freedom forum.”
Sir Terepai said congratulations must go to Cook Islander Lisa Williams-Lahari who has been the towering strength behind the formation of PFF, “so it makes good sense that PFF is registered here.”
Sir Terepai also offered congratulations to Cook Islands News, the newly registered office of PFF.
Ends JUNE 15, 2009