VETERAN Solomon Islands media leader Robert Luke Iroga has accepted the role of Melanesia Co-Chair for the regional article 19 network, the Pacific Freedom Forum.
Iroga, a longtime journalist who has served in high-level media advisory roles to the ACP in Brussels and the Solomon Islands Government before starting his magazine print and online publication, is a recognized media industry leader.
He accepted the handover of the PFF co-chair role this week from outgoing Co-Chair and former Solomon Star editor Ofani Eremae.
“It’s been an absolute honor to serve alongside my regional colleagues Bernadette Carreon and Monica Miller, and I pass on the torch knowing the importance of this network in leading from within an industry which provides the eyes, ears, and voice of our Pacific nations,” says Eremae.
Thanking Eremae for his legacy of leadership, PFF Chair Bernadette Carreon of Palau also welcomed Iroga to the new role.
“Our new Melanesia co-Chair is no stranger to the Pacific media family and will help grow the message that strong Pacific futures for all depend on strong, informed, public conversations where our people enjoy their right to know what’s happening via independent and strong Pacific media.”
“We wish our outgoing Melanesia co-chair all the best for what will surely be the next level in his media future,” says Polynesia co-chair Monica Miller, from American Samoa, “Thank you Ofani, and we look forward to remaining in touch through your journey. To Robert- you are well aware of the shoes you will fill, and we welcome you back to the media watchdog clan!.”