Fijian Media Association Launches Press Club

We never will make everyone happy and sometimes we don’t live up to expectations, but every day we turn up: FMA general secretary
05 May 2022 13:43
Fijian Media Association Launches Press Club
Fijian Media Association executives (from left), Reginald Chandra (Fiji Live), Makereta Komai (PINA), Indra Singh (FBC), Stanley Simpson (MaiTV), Australian Deputy High Commissioner Paul Wilson , Rosi Doviverata (Fiji Sun), Vijay Narayan (Fijivillage), Fred Wesley (Fiji Times) and Dreu Vukailagi (Fiji TV). Photo: Inoke Rabonu

To mark World Press Freedom Day this year, the Fijian Media Association (FMA) launched the Fiji Press Club.

It was launched together with its new logo at a reception held at the Albert Park pavilion on Tuesday night.

The launch of the Fijian Press Club was a partnership between the association and the Australian High Commission; it aims to develop the media industry in the country.

The press club is a forum to generate dialogue between the media and the key stakeholder about different issues.

While speaking at the launch on Tuesday, the association’s general secretary Stanley Simpson said the media played an important role in keeping the democratic society flowing, keeping people informed, and facilitating exchange of ideas.

“We never will make everyone happy and sometimes we don’t live up to expectations, but every day we turn up,” he said.

“Even though we regularly get sworn at, ridiculed, belittled, physically and mentally vilified, we wake up the next morning and have a go at it again.

“Many of you have worked in this industry for so long and it has been the passion that has guided you.”

The association’s executive and news director for Fijivillage Vijay Narayan urged members of industry to remain competitive in the industry.

“Remain competitive because that will bring the best out of us,” he said.

“You shouldn’t be afraid of any law, as long as your ethics are strong, that’s your guide. You can get ridiculed, stay your course.

“Freedom of expression and the freedom of the media are the foundations for a strong democracy.”





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