draft profiles for pacific freedom forum

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EDITORIAL NOTE

Layout on this page is ugly-as.

Draft profiles are presented anyhow for quick industry and public overview.

Ugrading to proper links on niusonline - with updates and corrections - enables better feedback from people interested in media centrality and capacity.

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membership
pacific freedom forum
wednesday 20 august 2008

32 members + public list Forum transparency Forum membership update
Emerging transparency
Background ..
more bookmarks, links, etc to come

country count

1 aotearoa
1 american samoa
1 kiribati
1 hawaii
1 samoa
1 vanuatu
2 fiji
2 solomon islands
4 australia
5 cook islands
13 papua new guinea
32 members +

1 group email
1 cc email (2 email, 1 person)
public list

  1. monica miller, chair

  2. susuve laumaea, chair

  3. lisa williams-lahari, founder

  4. alfred sasako, manager

  5. jason brown, manager

  6. john anderson, member

  7. linda uan, member

  8. malio sio, member

  9. mark hayes, dr, manager

  10. ulamila wragg, manager

  11. titi gabi, manager

  12. yehiura hriehwazi, manager
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Forum transparency
membership, public vs. private

12 public members 20 private members
member transparency = 37 %
management, public vs. private
9 public managers 5 private managers
manager transparency = 64 %
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Forum membership update

The Pacific Freedom Forum now has 32 members, 15 of them signing within the first 24 hours.

Well, only 14, really, because in the rush PFF forgot to add Susuve Laumaea to the Forum email list.

A bit puzzling for Lauaea, considering the forum had asked him to co-chair the forum and act as a spokesperson with Monica Miller. It only took a few days for a PFF manager to get suspicious as to why the co-chair was so quiet.
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Emerging transparency

From an industry that calls continually for transparency, members of the media are a shy bunch - just 35 % - one out of three - opting to publicly declare their support for the Pacific Freedom Forum.

An encouraging sign to emerge is a strong commitment towards transparency from founding forum managers, nine of 14 managers opting to go public - about two thirds.

At first glance - or thin slice as the jargon has it - the public face of freedoms seems a fair cross-section of islands media. There is a student, senior manager, news director, random freelancers, media volunteers, company directors, an academic and an aspiring politician, one with extensive experience on both sides of  hourly deadlines.

Background

In one short sentence, the Pacific Freedom Forum is an advocacy space for urgent issues facing freedoms of speech.

PFF is the latest acronym to leap into the alphabet stew of regional institutions, a fresh, young pea, bobbing around bravely among big, meaty NGOs, CSOs, NSAs, dodging a PING, a PANG, and a PIANGO of jargon-laden social justice.

Actually, one acronym is completely made up, presenting a golden opportunity for more vowel mash-ups.
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Formal motion

After a few days internal debate over chicken-or-egg priorities, PFF noticed a media query asking for more details about members. This prompted a speedy motion, formally mooted, that:

"That all members of the Pacific Freedom Forum agree that all current membership details i.e. name, current positions, and country of residence be publicly and permanently disclosed, with agreement to this transparency being a pre-condition of any future membership application."

One private manager suggested that members could put their names to each motion as they saw fit – building precedence on a case-by-case basis.
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Membership transparency

An original 13 members of the Pacific Freedom Forum, joining within 24 hours, have all been given manager status by the forum founder.

Of those 14, nine have chosen to join a public list following formal motion to require public disclosure of membership.

Of the remaining five, private, managers, one points out that some PFF members have valid cause for wanting to stay anonymous. Issues like job loss, or even harassment by military thugs sounds like valid cause for private membership.
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Generally accepted practice

Private sources can give valuable insight and feedback. This idea is so fundamental to journalism that even junior journos would go, “yeah – duh.” Given that it is generally accepted practice on the frontlines of journalism, it could be argued that similar synergies apply back among the support troops. In short, there is journalistic precedence for the approach apparently supported by most PFF members and managers.
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Public member list

name: monica miller
public profile: google
positions: editor, co-chair
organisations: radio, pacific freedom forum
country: Samoas
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum
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name: susuve laumaea
public profile: google
positions: chair
organisations: pacific freedom forum,
country: papua new guinea
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum,
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name: lisa williams-lahari
public profile: google
positions: founder
organisations: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum
country: cook islands,
contributor: islands business international
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum,
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name: titi gabi
public profile: google
positions:
organisations: papua new guinea media council ??,
country: papua new guinea
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum manager
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name: ulamila wragg
public profile: google
positions: chief reporter
organisations: cook islands news
contributor: islands business international
member: interim cook islands journalists association, pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum manager
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name: alfred sasako
public profile: google
positions:
organisations:
status: ngos, government
country: solomon islands
contributor:
member: media association solomon islands MASI, pacific islands journalism online PIJO, pacific freedom forum, PFF.
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name: jason brown
public profile: google
positions: editor, acting secretary, interim secretary
organisations: avaiki news agency, pacific islands media association, cook islands journalists association, interim.
status: ngos
country: avaiki, cook islands
contributor: islands business international, pacific media watch, jpk update
member: pacific islands news association PINA (pending response), pacific islands media association, pacific islands journalism online PIJO, pacific freedom forum PFF manager.
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name: linda uan
public profile: google
positions: producer, manager
organisations: nei tabera ni kai video
status: ngo
country: kiribati
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum
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name: john anderson
public profile: google
positions: director, trainer
organisations: nei tabera ni kai video
status: ngo
country: kiribati
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum
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positions: journalism lecturer
organisations: university of queensland
status: academic
country: australia
contributor:
member: pacific islands journalism online, pacific freedom forum, manager
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INFORMAL | COMMENTS
Response to the formal motion was affirmative from 12 out of 32 members, well under half, not enough to carry the motion if simple majority were called.
However, a majority of managers, 10 out of 14, voted for public disclosure of their background details, in the interests of transparency, accountability and credibility.
As suggested by a private manager, the forum appears to have informally adopted the idea of putting their name to motions on a case-by-case basis, usually accompanied by the usual cautions, commentary and crack-ups, as follows.
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“I am OK if it is just names, job title and country. No to phone numbers, email, spouse, children, age etc, etc!!!!!”
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Name, job title,country will suffice thanks. With our slow internet we're a tad confused as to the consensus about revealing who we are.
Events have probably shot past us at a great rate, but in case it hasn't, we support Name, Who we are, Where we are, What we do & title. No to email & telephone - enough unwelcome stuff comes from those sources.
Loved the stuff - would you please let us Luddites know what to do.
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“I posted the news release and forum statement on my blog yesterday. Hopefully my former colleagues in Samoa will read and take note of..or have already on other news sites.. also for the PI student journalists still in training here in NZ who frequent our blog spots. The news release and statement is just the sort of collective voice from the more senior/ experienced journalists in the region who worked on it that inspires newcomers in the field. “
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“Name, country, organization … all good.”
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“I agree with … the suggestions put forward.”
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“Motion seconded by me and I consent to the letter, intent and spirit of the motion.
“All those in favor say "Aye" !
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“You can't eat your cake and keep it too. You're either in or you're not. It's an exercise in freedom. No one is holding a big stick over your head to join or be active. If looking after your little quiet comfort zone quietly is more important to your quiet self than a collective advocacy to right the wrongs for the larger collective benefit, then just remain a passive spectator.”
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“I’m voting with both hands and feet...Full transparency.”
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“Great passion from the co-chair!!”
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“Hmmmmmm..very transparent”
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“Just make sure you're not using all four at the same time. You'll have no legs to stand on otherwise.”
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“Hey can you write shorter than this, I mean I wanna read but by the time I finish reading and absorbing everything in this email I would have again missed my deadlines, my babies screaming for their next feed and the pigs from my uncle next door have dug into all my flower beds!!!!
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