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[creative-radio] SAMOA: IFJ honours courage and integrity of journalists


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Subject: [Pacific_media_watch] 6500 SAMOA: IFJ honours courage and
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Date: Sun, October 18, 2009 20:37

Title â€" 6500 SAMOA: IFJ honours courage and integrity of journalists
Date â€" 19 October 2009
Byline â€" Media release
Origin â€" Pacific Media Watch
Source â€" International Federation of Journalists, 19/10/09
Copyright â€" IFJ
Status â€" Unabridged

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SYDNEY (International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch):

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) honours the courage
and professionalism of local and foreign journalists reporting on the
tsunami that struck Samoa and nearby Pacific Islands on September 29
killing 119 people.

A trauma debriefing mission to assist local media personnel in dealing
with the impacts of reporting wide-scale disaster will be conducted in
Samoa this week by the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, at the
request of the Journalists' Association of (Western) Samoa (JAWS) and
IFJ Asia-Pacific.

JAWS secretary Cherelle Jackson said many local journalists had
reported the devastation of the tsunami to the international media even
as they were unaware of the fate of their families and friends.

"It was hard to report without being affected by what had happened,
nothing could prepare any journalist to cover such a tragic event
without being personally affected and reduced to tears on the spot," she
said in a statement.

The Alliance Safety and Solidarity Appeal, which is funded by donations
from Australian journalists, is jointly supporting the trauma-support
program to be conducted in Samoa's newsrooms by Dart Australasia's
managing director Cait McMahon and New Zealand veteran war and disaster
correspondent Jon Stephenson.

"The IFJ praises the courage and commitment of our Samoan colleagues
and their professionalism and integrity in reporting under such extreme
and personally affecting circumstances," IFJ Asia-Pacific director
Jacqueline Park said.

The IFJ stands in solidarity with Samoa's journalism community as it
meets the challenge of continuing to report on the impacts of such
wide-scale disaster. For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919. The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120
countries worldwide.

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