MEDIA freedom is paramount, says People's Democratic Party leader Felix Anthony.
Mr Anthony made the comment at the PDP AGM which was held in Lautoka last Saturday.
He spoke on the issue during an overview of the party's manifesto to be launched next month.
"The PDP recognises that freedom of information and media freedom are fundamental rights," he said.
"It also respects the media as a valuable development tool and believes that democratic governance is enhanced when the media plays its watchdog role as the 'fourth estate'."
The party aims to create a policy and legislative framework that upholds the public's right to information and the freedom of the media, "while at the same time requiring that the industry operates with integrity and transparency and media freedom is exercised responsibly to ensure fair, objective, non-partisan and accurate reporting".