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Speak The Truth Boldly, Rika Urges

Journalists and student journalists were yesterday urged to speak the truth and speak truth to power while doing their work. Veteran journalist and Islands Business magazine group managing director and
02 May 2015 10:36
Speak The Truth Boldly, Rika Urges
Netani Rika, the managing director and publisher of Island Business magazine group, during the World Press Freedom Day celebration at USP Laucala yesterday. Photo: Rama

Journalists and student journalists were yesterday urged to speak the truth and speak truth to power while doing their work.

Veteran journalist and Islands Business magazine group managing director and publisher Netani Rika made the comment during a panel discussion on World Press Freedom Day at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus.

“That means taking on the role of pointing out inaccuracies or failures of policies,” he said.

“This should not only be government policies, but policies for initiatives for non-government organisations, of schools, international donors and looking at other bodies of society and also looking at how societies can be improved.

“Some would say that quality journalism is that you would have to have quality journalism schools, quality employers, quality salaries and then you would have to have quality environment provided by the states in which for quality journalism to thrive.

“You can’t just have one of this. The whole of society needs to work together in order to provide the environment for quality journalism to exist.”

Meanwhile, Mr Rika reiterated that the media needed to be open minded and take a long, hard look about the way suicide cases were reported. His comments came after concerns were raised by Methodist Church in Fiji communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan on the coverage of the suicide case by a student at Jasper Williams High School in Lautoka recently.

Mr Rika said suicide cases were not supposed to be reported.

This, he said, was because it would have factors that could influence others into being involved in the act of committing suicide.

“The issue of suicide is one that is important for us to address in this country, either as parents, as leaders or as the media,” Mr Rika said.

“It is a topical issue that needs to be addressed, but covering the issue and the way it was done, I do not think it was helpful at all.

“The Fiji media needs to take a long, hard look at this issue and be open-minded about it and determine what went wrong and how the issue can be addressed better in the future.”

More than 50 student journalists and mainstream journalists were part of the celebration yesterday.

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