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Information provided by Radio is more reliable and accurate than the social media

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/02/2017

Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.

In a special program to mark World Radio Day, today February 13th, the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said information disseminated by radio is very reliable compared to the social media.

He said social media can provide information of individual interests whereas radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue to change. He believes radio provides facts and reliable information.

Acting Prime Minister also spoke more of the significance of Radio for it provides information on various issues through its programs such as news, educational programs, current events, weather information and others.

Technology he said has enabled Radio organizations to use mobile phones to distribute their programs in different forms aimed at providing information to help and develop the nation as a whole.

Director of Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office – NEMO – Leveni ‘Aho said, he couldn’t find the exact words that will best describe the significant roles of Radio.

Radio is more useful now than ever especially at this time, our cyclone season and people in the outer islands especially Ha’apai and Vava’u, radio is their most useful means of communication to listen to weather forecasts and cyclone warnings.

UNESCO initiated the first World Radio Day in 2012 and is now in its 6th year.

The UN organization is inviting all radio stations and supporting organizations to join them today in celebrating radio and how it helps shape our lives.

Radio Tonga is celebrating Radio day throughout the week with panel discussions, talk back shows amongst others.

Radio is being celebrated as a way of educating people, providing information, and promoting freedom of expression across cultures.

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