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Speaker calls on media to be fair and accurate

The media must ensure there is a free flow of information and that it interprets information accurately because it has a watchdog function and often informs public opinion and debate. Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni made these comments at the PACMAS Parliamentary Masterclass Workshop for journalists at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva today. Given the […]

Staff Writers

April 21, 2016 2:23 pm

The media must ensure there is a free flow of information and that it interprets information accurately because it has a watchdog function and often informs public opinion and debate.

MIDA Chairman Ashwin Raj and Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni at the PACMAS workshop today. (Peni Shute/Newswire).
MIDA Chairman Ashwin Raj and Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni at the PACMAS workshop today. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni made these comments at the PACMAS Parliamentary Masterclass Workshop for journalists at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva today.

Given the important role that the media has in being the link between parliament and the public, their pursuit of the positive ideals to encourage, promote and facilitate development of media standards in relation to parliamentary reporting should be commended.

Speaker Luveni said that parliamentary reporting required sufficient background knowledge and that the media was expected to provide adequate context and analysis as well as being able to put developments into perspective for people to make sense of the proceedings.

A good media report is one which lays out all the arguments, fairly and accurately, and let the audience decide for itself instead of imposing your views on it and completely distort what actually transpired in Parliament

Dr Luveni commended the collaboration between MIDA and the Australian Government funded PACMAS) for organising and engaging in a series of workshops to strengthen the reporting of Parliament by the local media.

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