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Labour leader challenges media

Shalveen Chand
Monday, August 04, 2014

THE media was challenged by the Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry on Saturday not to withhold information from the public regarding questions about the electoral process.

Chaudhry said the media continued to exercise restraint in publishing articles questioning the credibility of the polls.

"A number of our statements questioning the process have been ignored by the mainstream media. It's not that we didn't try to get your attention. We gave media releases throwing attention on to this but they were not broadcast or published," he said.

"And I would like to make it very clear that the local media has a duty to the people. The media has a duty to the people which overrides its commercial interest.

"They have a duty to inform the people, inform them correctly and if they are withholding information from the people, knowing well that the information is true, important and vital, then they are not doing their duty.

"The media will be failing in its duty to the nation if it wilfully ignores developments that are questionable and potentially dangerous."

Chaudhry said FLP was looking at removing all laws restraining media freedom.

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