Workshop in Tonga to help media organisations’ roles and language skills

A workshop was being conducted in Tonga today on media organisations’ roles and the use of Tonga language skills.

The workshop was led by Sione Tuʻitahi, a former Tongan editor and broadcaster.

“To help media organisations with their role on nation building and preserving the Tongan Language”, Tu’itahi said.

It was organised by the National Media Committee of the Baha’i Faith.

Tuʻitahi is now an educator and author in New Zealand.

“The public is enlightened and informed when the media tell the news as they see it without fear or favour.

And people are more knowledgeable while the Tongan Language is preserved and remain elegant when it is used with high professional standards, including translating from English,” he said.

Tuʻitahi facilitated a workshop on translation for the Baha’i community over the weekend, one of the activities to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Tongan Baha’is join millions of Baha’is across the world who are celebrating the birthday.

“It is an honour to have been invited to do the training,” Sione said, “and it is a double blessing to conduct the media workshop for editors and publishers who are my colleagues and friends over the years.

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