Opinion

Richard Naidu Claims Media Restricted, Fails To Provide Proof

Fiji is not immune to this global phenomenon, where we have seen more people flocking to social media for their news.
02 Mar 2019 10:00
Richard Naidu Claims Media Restricted, Fails To Provide Proof
Richard Naidu

Suva lawyer Richard Naidu yesterday claimed that Fijians were moving away from mainstream media and towards social media because of restraints placed on the media.

However, Arnold Chanel from Strategic Communications firm Vatis, questioned his claim and asked Mr Naidu whether he had research available to back his claim.

“People are moving to social media around the world, it is incorrect to say that this is due to restraints placed on the media. Would you (Mr Naidu) please show
us the research done to back your claim?” said Mr Chanel.

Mr Naidu, who made a presentation on the “Challenges of recognition of existing legislation on media independence”, was lost for words and unable to provide an answer.

The presentation was at the European-Union-funded Media, Democracy and the Digital Age Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Worldwide, there is a measurable trend where mainstream media readership is dropping as more people move to social media as a means of gathering information and keeping abreast of current issues.

This effect is felt on the circulation of print newspapers, especially in the USA.

Fiji is not immune to this global phenomenon, where we have seen more people flocking to social media for their news.

This has posed a challenge to most mainstream media organisations.

The Fiji Sun has strategically adapted itself to make use of new media as a means of reaching and engaging our readers.

We have a very large social media following and regularly use social media to engage our audiences.

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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