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New phase for media

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, June 28, 2014

VETERAN Trinidad and Tobago journalist Wesley Gibbings has expressed delight towards Fiji's media following a four-day Media and Elections workshop hosted by the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA).

Gibbings, in an interview yesterday, said having been in the journalism profession for the best part of 33 years, it was encouraging to note the enthusiastic approach Fijian journalists were taking towards having elections this year.

"I think that the media enter a new phase of its development with this election of 2014.

"The circumstances are very unique, they are operating under a regulatory framework that has never been in the past," Gibbings said.

"So, it is very important for media practitioners to acquire a very intimate understanding of all that is required of them, so that they will be able to provide the elector with the information that they will need to make proper decisions on the election date."

When asked about the feedback journalists and stakeholders alike provided to MIDA regarding election dos and don'ts, he said discussions proved interesting and insightful.

"They have all raised some very valid issues regarding access to information and the ability for them to practise their profession freely and I think those are all very valid and legitimate concerns.

"It is good that they have been brought out into the open, particularly in the presence of officials who have the responsibilities for administering the rules of the game."

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