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Seminar to discuss media freedom

Saturday, April 28, 2007

THE amount of freedom that the media should have in terms of its reporting while the country is under a state of emergency will be discussed during this year's Media Freedom Day seminar next Thursday.

Titled Media freedom during a state of emergency', the seminar will be held at the University of the South Pacific Oceania Centre at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Limited's editorial development manager, Chris McLeod.

According to Fiji Media Council executive secretary Bob Pratt this year's topic in the seminar was different from issues previously highlighted.

The reason, he said, was that, this year's topic would relate to what was happening in the country rather than deliberating about media freedom in general "year in and year out".

Mr Pratt said it would be interesting to listen to what the keynote speaker would have to say about the state of emergency and media freedom in Fiji.

A panel discussion will take place following the keynote address.

The panel will include the deputy commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces who will represent the State, while USP would be represented by senior lecturer of the School of Social Sciences Professor Steven Ratuva.

Freelance journalist Sophie Foster will represent the media and Daryl Tarte will be moderator.


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