PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS -- The Pacific Freedom Forum is extending condolences and sympathy to family, friends and media colleagues of the Fiji Times circulations staffer killed in a vehicle accident on Monday 8 August in Fiji.
The deceased has been confirmed as 24-year old Kaveni Korovou, of
Nabouciwa Village in Tailevu. He was part of a Fiji Times collections team doing runs when the vehicle
reportedly lost control and overturned in Nalovo, near Nadi. Two other passengers in the vehicle were treated for
injuries at the Nadi Hospital. In keeping with tradition, the newspapers management visited Korovou's
widow and father as part of the police team relaying the direct news
of his death.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and have charged the driver, a 50-year-old Fiji Times employee related to Korovou, with careless driving.
"Korovou was one of many behind the scenes staff who make daily
newspapers such as the Fiji Times a key information source for tens of thousands of readers who have little notion of those who do the behind the scenes work of news delivery," says PFF chair Titi Gabi of
Papua New Guinea.
"We are reminded that news journalists are only a small part of the
many teams involved in news production, and extend our deepest condolences to his colleagues, village, and family at this time of
It's understood Police are dealing directly with the Fiji Times
newspaper management as Korovou died while on work assignment for the company where he was a casual staffer.
Korovou's funeral arrangements are still being finalised.
"It's our hope that the company's insurance policy covering workplace
and work related accidents will cover Korovou's widow and their two young babies," says PFF co-chair Monica Miller of American Samoa.
"We commend the actions and sensitivity of management so far."--ENDS
Titi Gabi | Freelance Journalist | Papua New Guinea
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Monica Miller | KHJ Radio | American Samoa
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