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Advocacy Journalism Needed In Region: Moti

Advocacy journalism, when ethically practised, is not licensed propaganda, says former Solomon Islands Attorney-General and Fijian-born constitutional law expert, Julian Moti. Speaking about the role the Australian press played in
12 May 2017 14:48
Advocacy  Journalism Needed In  Region: Moti
Author and journalist Susan Merrell (left), with Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Julian Moti QC and Dean of University of Fiji’s School of Law Shaista Shameem at the launch of the book ‘Redeeming Moti’ at the Albert Park Pavilion on May 11, 2017. The copies which were for sale at the event sold out in a matter of minutes. Also present at the launch with Judges and Magistrates of the Fijian Judiciary was the Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa. Mr Moti acknowledged the Fiji Sun and three regional and international media outlets – the Solomon Star, the World Socialist Web Site and Blak and Black – for providing fair coverage during his political persecution. Mr Moti walked a free man from the highest court of Australia after seven years of political witch-hunt which ruptured his stellar law career. The Australian government recently apologised to Mr Moti and compensated him for his kidnap from his Solomon Islands home back to Australia. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Advocacy journalism, when ethically practised, is not licensed propaganda, says former Solomon Islands Attorney-General and Fijian-born constitutional law expert, Julian Moti.

Speaking about the role the Australian press played in his political witch-hunt, Mr Moti called for advocacy journalism in the region.

“Our region’s media industry should be neither wary nor shy of recrimination for taking up the cudgels for those who are condemned to suffer injustice,” he said at the launch of his book, ‘Redeeming Moti’.

“It was a supine Australian media establishment which never rallied to my cause when they should have, for reasons only they know and we can only guess.

“A vigilant press, following their nose, would have tracked down the official source of the political justifications for cutting down a tall poppy by using the might of the Australian law and justice steamroller to crush a peanut.”

The book Redeeming Moti, written by Susan Merrell, was launched yesterday at the Albert Park function room in Suva.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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