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'Exercise self reflexivity'

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, May 03, 2014

MEDIA Industry Development Authority chairman Ashwin Raj says he will not hesitate to protect journalists who publish stories that may be unpopular.

He made the comments at World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the University of the South Pacific.

Speaking on a panel that included journalists Stanley Simpson, Seona Smiles, Republika editor Ricardo Morris and former The Fiji Times editor Netani Rika — Mr Raj said he would throw his lot in with journalists who stayed true to their ethics.

Responding to an audience question on how journalists could hope to be critical and do their jobs with legislation that was restrictive he said, "this is an interesting question and I think it is the paradox of our times".

"We need to kind of exercise self reflexivity and ask ourselves why do we fear accountability?

"That's the brief that I'm interested in. If we are free if we are accurate and we've got evidence for what we say I say we say so."

World Press Freedom Day will be commemorated today.





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