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Letter of the Year

Solomone Rabulu
Saturday, January 13, 2018

THE Fiji Times awarded the Letters to the Editor's Letter of the Year award to Lenora Qereqeretabua in Suva yesterday.

Ms Qereqeretabua wrote a letter titled "Please Cancel the Party" in The Fiji Times on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, requesting the government and organisers to call off a party to welcome back the Prime Minister and the Fiji contingent from the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

Ms Qereqeretabua said the Letters to the Editor column was an important avenue which enabled people from all walks of life to bring up subjects that were important to them and to the whole country.

"I felt that by using The Fiji Times Letters to the Editor column, I could make my voice heard," Ms Qereqeretabua said. Not only by the government of the day, but by other members of the public.

"This was not the first time that I've written letters to the editor in The Fiji Times newspaper and I encourage others to be vocal about their opinions about things that matter."

Ms Qereqeretabua said winning an award while addressing issues that mattered to the people was a sign that the pen was mightier than the sword.

"It's a sign that we, the people, must be allowed to voice our grievances through the media, which needs to be free of outside influence," she said.

"I hope that this encourages other people to voice their opinions without fear of recrimination."

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