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Fijian Media Association to Look at Issues Raised During World Press Freedom Day Forum

Panellists seemed hopeful for the future of journalism in the country.
04 May 2019 12:00
Fijian Media Association to Look at Issues Raised During World Press Freedom Day Forum
From left: Panellists Fred Wesley (Fiji Times editor-in-chief) and Nemani Delaibatiki (Fiji Sun managing editor training) during the Fijian Media Association World Press Freedom Day forum in Suva on May 3, 2019. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

The Fijian Media Association (FMA) will look at issues raised at a panel discussion in Suva to mark World Press Freedom Day yesterday.
The issues include:

  • The lack of understanding by some members of the public on the role of the media. Recently two female journalists were manhandled at the Nausori Magistrates Court. They were there to cover a rape case. FMA president and Fiji Sun’s managing editor Training Nemani Delaibatiki said journalists should not be intimidated while doing their work. He said any attack on journalists was an attack on media freedom;
  • Some provisions in the Media Decree. Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley highlighted the rule on by-lines;
  • The need for solidarity among journalists; and
  • Concern over the impact of fake news on social media.

The panel consisted of Indra Singh, news director at FBC; Nemani Delaibatiki, Fiji Sun’s managing editor training and FMA president; Fred Wesley, editor-in-chief of The Fiji Times; Makereta Komai, PINA Manager. The moderator was lawyer Jon Apted. The FMA event was sponsored by the European Union, Citizens’ Constitutional Forum and UNDP.

The panellists talked about their experiences in the 2018 General Election and the important role the media played to help voters make informed and educated political choices.

Despite all of the obstacles journalists face, the panellists seemed hopeful for the future of journalism in the country and urged journalists to continue doing their jobs faithfully.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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