Pacific Media Watch

8 June 2020

VANUATU: Media group condemns ‘intimidation’ of woman journalist

Security at Port Vila's Bauerfield airport ... journalist blocked from doing her job. Image: Hilaire Bule/RNZ Pacific

PORT VILA (Radio NZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre): Vanuatu’s media advocacy group Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV) has condemned what it calls intimidation of a local journalist by airport security and local police.

This was following action taken by security at Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport who ordered Vanuatu Daily Post journalist Kizzy Kalsakau to delete her photos.

Kalsakau had taken photos of the arrival of a New Zealand plane transporting relief supplies for Cyclone Harold victims and the repatriation of 58 ni-Vanuatu caught in the covid-19 pandemic last Wednesday.

Kizzy Kalsakau
Kizzy Kalsakau (right) and her colleague wait on the roadside about 1km out from the airport. Image: Hilaire Bule/RNZ Pacific

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The journalist was asked by airport security and police not to take photos and told to leave the premises.

The president of MAV, Stevenson Liu, described the action of security as “inadmissible” in a country with free media.

He said people wanted to know about their families returning.

Vanuatu has no reported cases of covid-19 coronavirus.

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