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PINA Adddress on World Press Freedom Day 2013

By Moses StevensPacific Islands News Association
Media development in the Pacific is progressing well in terms of infrastructure and human resources indicating or portraying the fact that there needs to be some good attention paid to the sector as a significant player or component in the whole concept of "good governance" in the region.

PINA has always maintained that media being the 'traditional' fourth estate in any democracy, has a significantly important role in nation building in any country; And that as such media needs to be rightfully given its place as one of the components in an open, transparent and accountable governance system.
This year we celebrate the theme "Safe to Speak" to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.
For this, PINA would like to call on the members of the Pacific media family to think beyond their line of duties and the work they do in gathering, compiling and disseminating information as the normal process of informing, educating …

Press Freedom in a Democratic Society

This speech is particularly valuable at the present time because it deals with contempt of court, hate speech and defamation of character. - Ed. 

Nazhat Shameem1 Speech at World Press Freedom Day, May 3 2013.
University of the South Pacific School of Journalism,Suva, Fiji
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
― George Orwell
There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Free speech encourages debate whereas hate speech incites violence.”
― Newton LeeCounterterrorism and Cyber security: Total Information Awareness
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press sit uneasily with recognised limitations on both freedoms. Perhaps the best way to describe the relationship is to say that we are free to speak, but not when it deprives another of a right or freedom. The balancing of these rights, freedom of speech with rights of privacy, freedom of speech with the rights not to be defamed, freedom of speech with the …