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Time For Sign Language On TV, Say Deaf Youth

Time For Sign Language On TV, Say Deaf Youth
December 21
16:07 2016

The President of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth of the Oceania Region, Krishneer Sen, is concerned about the way news is being broadcast by the television forums.

Mr Sen feels there is lack of accessibility for news when it concerns the deaf people in our community.

Mr Sen said: “There is lack of sign language interpreted news and provisions for subtitles during news updates when we are watching the television.

“We feel it should be mandatory for all news to have captions as its part of being inclusive.

“The members of the Fiji Association of the Deaf are concerned about their safety because they cannot understand what the TV companies are saying about the situations in Fiji especially during this cyclone prone season.

“Dr Jiko Luveni already mentioned that the parliament will consider the sign language provision and it has been overdue since 2014 and this is 2016.”

Mr Sen has previously raised his concern regarding interpreted news and provisions for subtitles with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and Fiji One News.

According to Mr Sen there are 400 registered members with the Fiji Association of the Deaf, but there are many others who are still hiding with families in villages.

Mr Sen said: “The presenting of news must be made with English captions or sign language interpreters to be incorporated on TV.

“I urge the Fijian Government and the Fiji Media Association to look into this serious matter and to solve the matter as soon as possible during this cyclone season.”

FBC’s chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “That is something that’s in our plans and we will be doing something about it in the very near future.

“It’s not an easy thing to do as you’ve got to find the right people and reliable people to do it.”

Fiji Television chief executive officer Geoffrey Smith said: “Fiji TV acknowledges the concerns raised by the Fiji Association of the Deaf and had considered it some years back but could not pursue due to budgetary restrictions.

“We can re-visit those plans once again but as a private organisation with no form of Government assistance, any substantive plans to make this possible moving forward will have to be sourced entirely internally.

“It is certainly something we can work towards in early 2017.

“If possible, Fiji TV will also be relying on the Association to help us with some up to date statistics on those in the country with hearing disabilities to also help us establish a strong business case to make this happen as soon as feasible.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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