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Media freedom wanted by group

By FONUA TALEI Provision for the promotion of freedom of the media was highlighted by the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni while making their Constitution Commission submission yesterday. Its coordinator, Roshika
14 Oct 2012 09:15

By FONUA TALEI

Provision for the promotion of freedom of the media was highlighted by the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni while making their Constitution Commission submission yesterday.
Its coordinator, Roshika Deo said freedom of the media was the cornerstone of democracy and human rights and is also referred to as the fourth arm of the State.
“A code of conduct for media organisations should include controlling hate speech, and advertisements that perpetrate harmful stereotypes of girls and women. This code of conduct should not curtail media freedom,” Ms Deo said.
She argued that the alumni were of the view that same sex marriage, abortion and prostitution should be legalised and decriminalised.
Ms Deo said the forum does not recognise the legitimacy and authority of any military government.
“We the young women of Fiji islands are tired of coups and of living in fear, violence, and insecurity. We do not want to see our families, friends, and colleagues leaving and migrating from this country because of this very reason. We want to create and cultivate a culture of non-violence, a culture of equality, humanity, and respect,” she said.
“We also sincerely believe that if women were involved as half of the decision makers, half of the problems we have in our beloved country would not exist. Women and other vulnerable groups should be actively and substantively involved in all national decision making levels, including peace and political transformation processes.”




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