International media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has announced its inaugural list of the world’s most courageous journalists.
The group released its ‘100 Information Heroes’ list ahead of World Press Freedom Day.
The list comprises women and men from 65 nations.
“Through their courageous work or activism, these “100 heroes” help to promote the freedom… “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,” Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
Tongan broadcaster Kalafi Moala is one of two Pacific representatives on the list, along with East Timor’s Jose Belo.
Moala was jailed for publishing seditious material in the 1990s.
He told Pacific Beat that Tonga and nations across the southern Pacific are still unused to a media that criticises authority.
World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 03 May.
SIBC News understands, the Media Association of Solomon Islands, MASI, will celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day next weekend.