Fiji Time: 6:53 PM on Thursday 26 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Independent body to monitor media

Nasik Swami
Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE Media Industry Development Authority is awaiting feedback from heads of various media organisations on what they think should be the composition of the independent body to monitor political coverage of all media organisations.

"We have made suggestions and waiting for the editor's feedbacks. It's for them to put in their ideas," said authority director Matai Akauola.

"That's why the editors will decide, it might be a group independent of MIDA — the group can say at the end of the day this is what they saw in the media reporting."

Earlier, MIDA chair Ashwin Raj told this newspaper the independent body would monitor the media to ensure they gave equal access to all political parties in the lead-up to the general election.

Mr Raj said they received complaints, not just from political parties but from government and members of the public, of some media organisations being biased.

"You know, people say that we have not been given equal amount of access so we will have an independent unit to see how much access political parties and government are getting," he said.

Mr Raj said giving equal access to political parties, government and other entities was a requirement for media organisations.

"So we need to ensure there is evidence-based intervention.

"Nobody should presume that a particular media organisation is biased towards a particular political party or a particular entity," said Mr Raj.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61990.6009
JPY 53.088950.0889
GBP 0.32320.3152
EUR 0.42670.4147
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66410.6391
USD 0.47810.4611

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s fans disappointed
  2. Sea ordeal leaves scars, brothers swim for 14 hours
  3. Of course it sells!
  4. Fijians celebrate win
  5. Cracked beam leads to one-lane traffic
  6. 'No special treatment for police'
  7. Driver charged in connection with fatal accident
  8. Villages escape flooding
  9. Ministry probes death
  10. PM: Violence against women unjustifiable

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. 7s taboo Friday (20 May)
  6. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  7. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  8. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  9. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)
  10. Life of sacrifice Sunday (22 May)