Issue No. 40/2020 – Monday, 28 September 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
The Minister of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, Hon Simon this afternoon launched the first private newspaper to operate in the country – “Tuvalu Paradise News”.
Hon Kofe as Minister responsible for the development of communication in the country in his launching remarks commended the initiative by KMT News Corporation to involve in such development.
Hon Kofe expressed his thanks to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi for embarking on this new development.
Hon. Kofe also speaking on behalf of Government said “Government really supports this initiative as it is a media that disseminate news and enable Tuvaluans living in Tuvalu and also abroad to be informed of events and happenings in Tuvalu. What is important is for the newspaper to ensure that its news coverage is impartial.”
Hon Kofe said that he had been reading stories in the newspaper on its trial issues before this launching ceremony and he did enjoy the stories and quite satisfied with the coverage.
The launching ceremony was held yesterday afternoon and besides the launching of the newspaper, Hon Kofe also launched the newspaper’s website – <https://tuvaluparadise.tv>.
Attending the ceremony were some Cabinet Ministers and their wives, Taiwan Ambassador, Excellency Mark Su and staff of the embassy, the Australian High Commissioner, Excellency Karyn Murray, CEOs and their wives, subscribers, friends and family members.
Rev Penitusi Taeia, the Commissioned Minister for the Vaiaku EKT Church presided over the devotion and the prayer of blessing.
After the launching of the newspaper and website, as Chief Executive Officer, Owner of KMT News Corporation and Editor of “Tuvalu Paradise News” I addressed the gathering and I said that the main aim of the newspaper apart from the known roles of communication is to expose corruptions and ills and evils of society. This exposure will help the nation develop by addressing the corruptions issues that are being named in the stories.
I also thanked the gathering especially those who have supported the newspaper, especially those who have subscribed and I also thanked government for its support that Hon. Simon Kofe mentioned in his address. With all those acknowledgements, I also gave special recognition to Mr. Tuitala Lasifo who has been responsible for the development of the website and he is still hosting it in the meantime.
To date, the newspaper has more subscribers from overseas than local subscribers and most of them were foreign diplomatic missions.
So with the website, I am sure that it would attract more subscribers.