The people’s newspaper

I join my fellow writer Joeli Naleca (F/T 11/07) and other ardent readers of The Fiji Times to congratulate the people’s newspaper in its bid for three top awards.

It is a proud moment that The Fiji Times is a finalist in three categories of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association.

While the two entries – Post-STC Winston and Pinktober editorial campaigns are finalists in the Best Cause Related Campaign or Community Service Regional Category, the 2016 Olympic Games campaign is a finalist in the Sponsorship of the Year Category and The Fiji Times award winning Kaila! newspaper is a finalist in the Best Young Reader Program.

I am proud to be associated with the people’s newspaper.

Reading the newspaper’s first editorial, I read with delight that the then editor of The Fiji Times GL Griffiths highlighted the importance of establishing a public newspaper to assist in the governing towards peace and unity between the settlers and the natives.

He further wrote that: “The only promise that we make is that we shall watch the times and try to make our paper a public good; a practical, useful and honest medium for the support of honour, truth and right. We shall maintain the liberty of the press and the rights to all men”.

The words of the late Griffiths have formed the core principles on which our newspaper operates today and I salute The Fiji Times for this stand.

Since primary school, The Fiji Times has served me with news and information relevant to my studies.

My favourite then was the sports column and I did not miss articles on soccer and rugby.

As life unfolded and when I entered secondary school, the front pages of The Fiji Times mattered to me as well.

Attending a school in Wainikoro meant that The Fiji Times arrived in the afternoon when the news would have been old to those in towns and cities who had access to the newspaper in the morning, but we cherished the news that reached us late. Back then we had to contribute 5 cents for a copy of the newspaper, but we did not regret.

Today I buy a copy of The Fiji Times every day and nothing beats the feeling when you read your favourite newspaper knowing that it contains news and information that one could count on.

Go on The Fiji Times! Continue to strive for accuracy, transparency and accountability.

It’s hard to start a day without reading the people’s newspaper.

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