‘Role of media vital’

NFP supporters listen attentively during a campaign gathering at the Muanidevo Primary School on Wednesday night. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE media continues to play a fundamental role in any democracy and as such, their work needs to be respected by all around the country, including whatever government comes in after election.

Responding to a question during a campaign session in Muanidevo Primary School, Dreketi on Wednesday night, National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad was asked why journalists were covering campaigns now.

A member of the public told Prof Prasad this was funny because the media failed to give equal coverage to members of opposition during parliamentary sessions.

Prof Prasad told members of the public to respect the media since they played an important role in any democracy. He had also urged media agencies to ensure that all political parties were given fair coverage in the lead-up to the next general election.

“We respect journalists for taking their time, resources and energy to cover any news including the various campaigns of several parties around the country,” he said.

“I understand the second part of the question raised because I feel that the media continued to be suppressed to carry out their duties.

“I am aware of situations where articles and news items are changed by editors because of external pressures especially from Government while some media agencies are doing a perfect job.”

Prof Prasad said it was good to know there were some media agencies that were still intent on carrying out their duties despite the challenges they faced. “There are still others that turn a blind eye to their true calling.”

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