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MIDA Commends Media

MIDA Commends Media
September 23
10:49 2014

The Media Industry Development Authority commended the media for doing a splendid coverage of Fiji’s historical elections.

MIDA chairperson Ashwin Raj said he was ecstatic that the media came out in numbers.

“One has to admire the tenacity of their spirit, and I am pleased that they came out in numbers and worked day in day out covering the election,” he said.

“It is a very strong testament to the fact that the political spaces have really opened up in Fiji that the media is free to cover.

“I was also appreciative that the media for a large part observed requirements of blackout period.”

However Mr Raj expressed a few concerns over the reporting of international media.

“I had concerns of some of the international media and the lack of balance and accuracy in their report.”

He said some had done a couple of reporting on the alleged fraudulent practices in the election without including views from the Electoral Commission.

“But after my intervention they did retract and included the views of the Electoral Commission which was very important,” Mr Raj said.

Mr Raj expressed disappointment about lack of historical knowledge by international media on the events in Fiji.

This is after a report appeared on Al Jazeera reporting that this would be the first time Indo-Fijians would be voting. They also spoke about the 2000 coup in terms of one which was perpetrated by indigenous Fijians against a minority rich Indo-Fijian community.

“Now that’s a problem that not all Indo-Fijians are rich, so in that sense to what extent does  it actually build in the kind of racial stereotypes that have led to a lot of fragmentation in our society,” Mr Raj said.

“So I have had concerns about parachute journalists coming in with no historical knowledge and critical acumen.”




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