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In praise of the media

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, February 25, 2013

THERE have been a lot of changes in the country and to be able to inform the public on a daily basis on issues that arise is an astonishing task.

These were the words of 64-year- old Yadua villager from Gau, Samuela Damudamu, during his first visit to Fiji Times Limited last Saturday.

Mr Damudamu said he always wanted to visit the Fiji Times and to witness the efforts put in by people who run a newspaper company.

He said people living in Gau hardly read the newspapers because of barriers like location, supply and logistics but they were still interested in getting informed about issues occurring in the country.

"We have always heard about the Fiji Times and what it does, but to be able to see what they actually do is just amazing," he said. "I was in Suva doing my last minute shopping when I decided to pay a visit to the Fiji Times building and see the wonderful work being done by the company.

"Seeing the papers go to print was just great and seeing the efforts put in by the staff to gather and print news was just ideal. They gave me an opportunity even though I was just an ordinary villager visiting the Capital City."

Mr Damudamu said he would return to his village and tell his story about his short visit to the Fiji Times and what he learned from that tour.

"I did not get the chance to tour the whole building but I was given a tour of the main areas of the newspaper company and I should say that there have been a lot of changes in terms of skill, machines and other resources used to gather information," he said.

"The equipment used were quite advanced and the outcome was amazing. I would be able to tell this story to my children, grandchildren, relatives and villagers of Yadua of how I came about visiting the Fiji Times."

Mr Damudamu said living on the outer island was good but being deprived of news was an issue, because they were not informed daily of issues that affected them.

"We only wished if newspapers were able to be delivered to various villages so that we could be informed but that would probably take some time," he said.