Fiji Time: 12:07 AM on Saturday 30 July

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 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Complete waste'
  2. Sevens unite
  3. Last lot to Rio
  4. Execs at loggerheads
  5. Fearless Riwai
  6. Edible bamboo import
  7. Farmers submit proposal
  8. Agents of change
  9. Qiliho assures safety
  10. $12.5m for minors

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  8. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  9. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)