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Prasad’s Skirt Journalism Talk saddens Acting PM

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he is unhappy that the work of journalists is being personalised by some educated people. He was commenting yesterday on National Federation
22 Jul 2015 11:32
Prasad’s Skirt Journalism Talk saddens Acting PM
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he is unhappy that the work of journalists is being personalised by some educated people.

He was commenting yesterday on National Federation Party leader and MP Biman Prasad’s statement linking Fiji Sun managing editor news Jyoti Pratibha to skirt journalism. Mr Prasad was responding to a critical editorial about him and Wadan Narsey by Ms Pratibha.

 

What a pity

But Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “It’s a pity that someone such as Biman Prasad, who has a doctorate, has made some very scathing comments about Ms Pratibha.

“Any rebuttal of an opinion piece or article written by any journalist is being countered by reference to very gender bias type of comments.

“Skirt journalism basically has a lot of connotations that somebody is perhaps promiscuous to get stories –  perhaps articles written with the stereotypical image or with a lot of emotion or not thinking rationally and logically.

“That is the kind of stereotypical connotation you have when you make those types of comments. It is quite a pity, it’s quite sad to have those kinds of comments made by people who are members of the Parliament.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the attacks on the basis of gender were very shallow.

“I do feel for Jyoti Pratibha as a female journalist, it does not generally do any service in terms of talking about mainstreaming women. We talk about mainstreaming women, the private sector and the Government sector.

“Let’s hope that they learn from this, of course Jyoti has a fairly thick skin but it would be nice that people who hold public office and indeed people who may be writing opinion pieces to stick to the issues.

“You rebut issues; you rebut ideas with other ideas and not to personalize issues or to make comments that are so gender bias or in this sort gender prejudice.”

Feedback: sheetalp@fijisun.com.fj

 

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