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Workshop On Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation Reporting

Our news media must be given tools for writing and speaking about the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues. A workshop was held at TappooCity, Suva,
07 Jul 2015 11:21
Workshop On Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation Reporting
Chairperson for Media Industry Deployment Authority (MIDA) Ashwin Raj

Our news media must be given tools for writing and speaking about the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues.

A workshop was held at TappooCity, Suva, yesterday which aimed to raise awareness on issues and terminology regarding sexual orientation and gender identity among media in Fiji and to give tools for writing and speaking about these important LGBTI issues.

Various media organisations.

Chairperson for Media Industry Deployment Authority (MIDA) in Fiji Ashwin Raj said, “This is an important step in terms of training the media in terms of sensitisation of LGBTI issues.

“I think what is important for the mainstream media to realise what the legal framework is,” he said.

Mr Raj said Fiji had made enormous strides by enacting progressive anti-discriminatory laws prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of one’s sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

“The 2013 Constitution through its Bill of Rights (especially sections 17 and 26) and the Media Code of Ethics (especially sections 6, 8, and 12) of the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 as well as the National Gender Policy provide a useful legal and policy framework,” he said.

He said workshops such as these were part of the wider work to address these issues.

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