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Media Association And MIDA Condemn Threats

Media Association And MIDA Condemn Threats
Samuela Lagataki
September 11
11:31 2014

The Fijian Media Association has strongly condemned the threats being made against Fiji Sun journalist Jyoti Pratibha and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s Vosita Kotoiwasawasa and is calling on all the leaders of all political parties to do the same.

The Association has also urged political party leaders and candidates to call on their supporters to show restraint and stop these threats immediately.

“We understand that there is unhappiness and anger at some of the reports written by our colleague Jyoti. However those aggrieved can respond strongly and make their feelings known in a proper way without resorting to threats to kill journalists or cause them or their family physical harm,” says Fijian Media Association president Ricardo Morris.

“We note that no media has been spared criticism over the course of the campaign – with different political parties attacking the media organisations and journalists they don’t like.”

“However we urge the Fiji public to appreciate and understand the immense pressure journalists are working under, in a highly charged political environment.

“Our journalists are facing pressure, intimidation and threats everyday with various sides pushing their policies and agenda, and the media is an easy scapegoat when things are not going someone’s way.

“We can see that certain media organisations have taken positions on this election, and some may not agree with this – but the Fiji public is blessed to have a variety of news media organisations to choose from, two newspapers, two radio companies who have six stations each in three languages delivering the news, two television stations, and three news websites where they can get their news from everyday.

“Threats against any journalist, even those you may not agree with, must not be condoned.”

Media Industry Development Authority chairman Ashwin Raj has also urged all Fijians to refrain from using media including social media to incite violence.

He said that death threats against journalists were alarming.

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 

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