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Fiji Sun Joins World News Day

Fiji Sun Publisher and chief executive officer Peter Lomas said like newspapers around the world, the Fiji Sun faced major challenges because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
31 Aug 2020 10:23
Fiji Sun Joins World News Day

Fiji’s leading newspaper, the Fiji Sun, will again take part in this year’s World News Day celebrations, being held on September 28.

This is the second year the Fiji Sun will join newspapers and news publisher from around the world in the event. They include leaders from Asia-Pacific such as South China Morning Post, China Daily, The Daily Star, The Straits Times, Bernama, The Star, Jakarta Post, Manila Bulletin, Chosun Media, and Viet Nam News.

World News Day aims to raise public awareness of the critical role that journalists play in providing credible and reliable news, to help people make sense of the rapidly changing world around them.

Last month, the Fiji Sun became the first Pacific Islands newspaper admitted to membership of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Fiji Sun Publisher and chief executive officer Peter Lomas said like newspapers around the world, the Fiji Sun faced major challenges because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“But we produced the Fiji Sun newspaper every single day – even during the lockdowns in Lautoka and Suva,” he said.

“We were the only newspaper to continue to distribute papers into Lautoka and the North every day throughout those tough times. Everyone who works at the Fiji Sun saw it as their responsibility to make sure the paper reached the people to make sure they got the right information.”

Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore’s The Straits Times, said: “Newsrooms and professional journalists everywhere have stepped up to the challenge of covering the COVID-19 pandemic. World News Day this year will be an occasion to tell the story of how 100 newsrooms from across the planet responded to this global crisis and played a role in keeping our societies well informed, as well as bringing our communities together, so critical in these testing times.”

David Walmsley, outgoing chair of this year’s co-presenters the Canadian Journalism Foundation and editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, said World News Day was about recognising the people in the news and listening to how journalism had made a difference in their lives.

“It is about coming together across the continents and displaying support for journalists and their audiences who together, using facts and understanding, make the world a better place,” he said.

World News Day is presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and World Editors Forum (WEF) — with support from Google News Initiative.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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