Wasea Basha: FBC All Clear
Complaints against Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s Wasea Basha programme won’t be referred to the Media Tribunal.
According to a statement from the Media Industry Development Authority that on 21st October 2016, the authority received a complaint against FBC from Pita Waqavonovono, Jope Tarai, Vani Catanasiga and Seni Nabou in relation to the contents of the programme.
A statement released by MIDA chair Ashwin Raj said the complainants claimed that the comments on the show were tantamount to explicit racism contrary to Part 4 Section 22 of the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 in that the material contained in the programme was against public interest or order and national interest and it also created communal discord.
However, the authority had thoroughly investigated the complaint pursuant to Section 25 of the Decree and they have considered the official response of FBC.
Mr Raj said the nature of the statements made in the programme lacked balance and substantiation.
“Given the standing and ability to influence a wide spectrum of society as a public figure, responsibility lies greater on the journalists particularly given the sensitive nature of the subject matter,” Mr Raj said.
The tone was not provocative according to the statement that the language was not inflammatory.
“A close examination of the programme shows that there is no pattern of hostility towards any community, on the contrary the program has had a strong multicultural impetus in promoting values of pluralism, racial harmony and diversity through language,” Mr Raj said.
Edited by Naisa Koroi