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Be Vigilant With Social Media Platforms: Professor Misir

Be Vigilant With Social Media Platforms: Professor Misir
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fiji Professor Prem Misir with the participants at the World Press Day celebration at the Saweni Campus in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
May 05
11:06 2018

Participants at a World Press Freedom Day workshop have been reminded to be very vigilant with social media plat­forms which sometimes spread fake news.

The reminder has come from Uni­versity of Fiji Vice-Chancellor Pro­fessor Prem Misir while opening the workshop at UniFiji’s Saweni campus near Lautoka.

“We need journalists to report on facts and it’s important that we all celebrate this day. This is very im­portant for all journalists for the very important role they play in society,” he added.

“It is also very important to pro­tect our journalists from assaults and violence, hundreds of jour­nalists have been killed across the world because of the power they have to reveal real issues affecting people.”

University of Fiji held the work­shop to familiarise students with the work of journalists in conjunc­tion with World Press Freedom Day.


As part of the workshop, Fiji Sun Senior Business journalist Charles Chambers, Department of Infor­mation West Bureau chief Isaac Lal, Police spokesperson Wame Bolatolu, Property Fiji media of­ficer Litia Vuladausiga and Fiji Sun Nadi editor Waisea Nasokia were part of a panel discussion organised by UniFiji as part of the celebrations.

Professor Misir said journalists had a major role to play in a demo­cratic society and were responsible for keeping the public informed on issues within Government and the private sector.

The theme for this year was “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”.

Participants were then requested to observe a minute of silence to remember journalists who were killed in the line of duty.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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