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Call for factual reports

Maciu Malo
Friday, December 21, 2012

OVERSEAS media have been urged to report on facts when covering stories related to the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

The call was made by Shangri-La's Fijian Resort manager Michael Monks who was disappointed with the way the Australian and New Zealand media responded to the impact of the storm.

"I have received calls from overseas media with regards to the cyclone and the safety of our guests and I was surprised with the kind of questions they asked me," he said.

"In fact one impact of this cyclone is that we have very unfriendly neighbours in New Zealand and Australia. These overseas media wanted to focus on the negative side of things instead of asking how we are coping after and during the cyclone."

Mr Monks commended the government and other stakeholders for the cyclone alert and awareness.

"I commend the government for what they have done — the way they warned members of the public on the cyclone and that really helped us to save lives with no major injuries," he said.

"All our 315 hotel guests are safe, likewise our staff members, but damage was to the vegetation with many trees down," he said.