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Fijian Media Association Holds Dialogue With The Department Of Environment

Members of the Fijian Media Association (FMA) had the opportunity to dialogue with the Department of Environment Permanent Secretary, Joshua Wycliffe and his team on better environmental reporting. The purpose
12 Aug 2021 10:25
Fijian Media Association Holds Dialogue With The Department Of Environment

Members of the Fijian Media Association (FMA) had the opportunity to dialogue with the Department of Environment Permanent Secretary, Joshua Wycliffe and his team on better environmental reporting.

The purpose of the virtual session was to discuss how the media, government and environmental organisations can work together to ensure that the media reports accurately and that information is easily accessible.

PS Wycliffe highlighted the need for media personnel to understand how the Department works and build better relationships with sources on environment stories.

“We are happy to discuss with as much information we can release to the media about projects and the sensitivity around it and I draw around it a boundary as to how much legally I am able to disclose,” Mr Wycliffe said.

He added that though there are limitations and considerations to be made in terms of processes of information before it is given for media use, the Department will continue to do its best in providing accurate information.

Mr Wycliffe also encouraged journalists to give them ample time to respond to their queries.

Department of Environment Director Sandeep Singh also attended the session.

FMA General Secretary Stanley Simpson said it was important for reporters to balance their stories and the key authority of information as mandated by the government on a particular issue.

He also urged the Department to provide data to support environment reporting.

Mr Simpson also suggested that journalists should be included as part of the Fiji delegation in regional and global environment conferences.

A draft outcome document is being prepared to outline yesterday’s discussions.

The document will be able to guide the media to better report on environmental issues as well as stakeholders in committing to it.

The dialogue was made possible through the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) with the support of Internews Earth Journalism Network.

Newsroom editors, journalists from mainstream media outlets, environmental non-government organisations and student journalists were part of the virtual dialogue.

 

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