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FMA President Dismisses Perception Media Not Free

FMA President Dismisses Perception Media Not Free
Fiji Media Association President Nemani Delaibatiki
May 04
11:39 2018


Delaibatiki calls on journalists to practise their profession without fear

The president of the Fijian Media Association (FMA), Nemani Delaibatiki, has called on journalists to practise their profession without fear.

Mr Delaibatiki said the claim by some that the media was not free was not true.

He said it was only a perception, a hangover from the days of censor­ship in the newsroom.

He reminded journalists that the penalty provision against journal­ists who breached the media law had been repealed.

He said he understood this was the cause of fear and reservation before.

He said if journalists were well trained and covered their basics, there was nothing to fear.

He said not much investigative journalism was happening be­cause journalists lacked the skills and the resources to do it.

He said that was why training was needed.

He was addressing a FMA gather­ing in Suva to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day.

He said the training of journal­ists was crucial if the standard of journalism was to improve.

He said only some media organi­sations like the Fiji Sun were in­vesting in training.

The Fiji Sun newsroom has the largest pool of graduates.

In addition two more journalists are pursuing similar programmes overseas.

He said all media organisations must commit to the training of their journalists.

Currently there was a small pool of skilled and experienced jour­nalists to draw from, he said.

He said one of the challenges that journalists faced today was to do investigative journalism.

Journalists observed a one-min­ute silence to remember more than 70 journalists killed last year and the 11 who died in two explosions in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Media Association in a statement, said the organisation was proud of its members and proud to celebrate this World Press Freedom Day with them.

The statement said that journal­ists had worked hard and endured many challenges over the past year.

It said they deserved to be recog­nised for the great work they did every day.

The FMA celebrations started with a Zumba workout at Albert Park in Suva.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar



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