MEDIA organisations and journalists need to familiarise themselves with the laws of the country, says newly-appointed Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Ashwin Raj.
Mr Raj said since taking up his new role two months ago, it was apparent that the media industry and journalists were not taking full cognisance of the Media Industry and Development Decree 2010.
"If you look at the Media Industry and Development Decree 2010, it plays a fundamental role in your work and I would like to request you that you fully familiarise yourself with the provisions and requirements of the decree," he said.
Mr Raj asserted the decree was not simply for powerbrokers but for journalists as foot soldiers who made news every day.
"It's critical you fully understand the media codes around advertising, political advertising, content regulation, enforcement of media standards, registration of media organisations and the role of the media tribunal," he said.
Mr Raj said the new Constitution was a radical break from the past and an important attempt towards addressing many historical derailments that have divided Fiji and curtailed the possibility of inclusiveness development in deep democracy.
"The Constitution refers to all Fijians without suffusing historical contingencies — who we are, where we are, when we are and how we are — and yet the content remains saturated with identity politics," he said.
"Indo-Fijians are still referred as Indians. I find that to be deeply problematic, it's not historically correct, it's not sociologically correct; the media needs to get it right."
Mr Raj urged media organisations to do justice to history when making reference to ethnicity.