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Launch Of Media Parliamentary Reporting Handbook At House

Steve Chase, veteran Australian Parliamentary reporter and trainer and a vital contributor to the booklet launch, is hopeful that the booklet will be of great assistance to reporters.
04 Apr 2019 10:10
Launch Of Media Parliamentary Reporting Handbook At House
From left: Veteran Australian Parliamentary reporter and trainer Steve Chase, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Opposition MP Ro Teimumu Kepa on April 3, 2019, during the launching of the Fiji Parliamentary Reporting Handbook.

The Fiji Parliamentary Reporting Handbook was launched at Parliament in the presence of the Speaker, Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and Fijian Media Association members.

The handbook is a practical guide to assist journalists report proceedings in Parliament.

Steve Chase, veteran Australian Parliamentary reporter and trainer and a vital contributor to the booklet launch, is hopeful that the booklet will be of great assistance to reporters.

“I am hopeful this handbook will go a long way towards equipping reporters to carry out the importance of the task of reporting on the deliberations in Parliament in a fair and impartial way,” says Mr Chase.

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj was at the launch.

“This is a strong testament to the fact that we take the institution of the media and Parliament significantly, entrenching a culture of deep and deliberate democracy to recognise the media to play a fundamental role,” said Mr Raj. Australian

Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji, Anna Dorney, strongly believes in the role of media in society.

“The media plays a critical role by providing crucial information that educates the public,”

“It will assist the Fijian media to play its key roles to provide the Fijian public accurate, timely and impartial information about the work in this Parliament,” she said.

The Australian government, New Zealand and Japan were donor partners to the structure of the new booklet and worked alongside the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Fijian Media Association.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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