Monday, March 30, 2009

JAWS Board re-elected for third consecutive year

APIA (January 09) - At the Annual General Meeting of the Journalists Association of [Western] Samoa (JAWS), the 2008 Board was re-elected and voted in for the third consecutive year.
“We see that the current Board has done a terrific job, so why change,” said former JAWS President and RNZI Correspondent Tipi Autagavaia.
The three year Board is made up of Papalii Ualetenese Taimalelagi as President, Lagi Keresoma as Vice President, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson as Secretary, Angela Kronfeld-Polu as Treasurer, Sioeli Alofaifo as Assistant Treasurer and Ame Sene as Assistant Secretary.
Despite advice by the Board to reconsider and revote all positions as dictated by the Constitution of JAWS, the members insisted on re-electing all Executive Members to all their current positions.
“This is not the first time it has happened, and I guess it is a good reflection of our work,” Papalii said.
In the past year JAWS has been involved in the organising of a regional Human Rights Media Conference, as well as in country training on environment reporting, and sponsoring a Public Relations workshop for PR Officers in Government and the Private Sector.
JAWS continues to work in the interest of freedom of the media.