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Partisan political players

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, December 08, 2013

SOME news agencies in the country continue to show instances of overt bias and some journalists and media outlets still see themselves as partisan political players.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the comment in his opening address at the 15th Attorney-General's Conference which ended in Natadola yesterday.

He added the organisations and individuals he was referring to used the principle of a free media to hide behind partisanship and bias.

"There is still too much racism, too much ethnic, class and gender stereotyping," he said.

"But that is now for the Media Authority to deal with."

Commodore Bainimarama said the media played an important role in a developing nations like Fiji.

"In developing countries, the media needs to be a partner in national development and we expect the Fijian media to be that partner, no matter who is in government.

"We need more stories about Fijians on the fringes of our society, with a view to bringing them into the mainstream.

"Democracy means inclusiveness at all levels — it is not only restricted to the electoral process for national elections."

More than 300 members of the country's legal fraternity are attending the two-day conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.