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Journalists win praises

Dawn Gibson
Monday, May 26, 2014

JOURNALISTS in Fiji were commended by NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad at the party's committee meeting yesterday in Tamavua, where he said he understood media restrictions placed on journalists in the country.

"I commend our journalists who in spite of these harsh restrictions are doing their best to keep our citizens informed. To these journalists, let me say a big vinaka vakalevu," Prof Prasad said.

"The stakes have rarely been higher and weight on your shoulders so heavy. The nation owes you its profound gratitude as you take real risks to help project our messages to Fiji citizens."

When announcing some of the party's policies in Tamavua, he said if elected, the NFP would review the Media Decree.

He appealed to media organisations in the country to strive to provide productive working environments.

"I call upon media organisations and editors to provide the right environment for their reporters so that they can do their jobs responsibly. I make special mention of the media because of its important role in the transition to democracy.

"To paraphrase a message from a regional media and elections training program, freedom is when people can speak. Democracy is when government listens and the media is the messenger.

"Our citizens, our media, our businesses, our NGOs should have a fundamental right to access information regarding government decisions and actions that affect their lives."

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