Monday, February 15, 2010

Govt 'would like to assist media'

  • Sai's Comments:
  • How on earth can you assist the media, when you are placing so much restriction on their operation and their ability to fully report on the activities of the Government in Fiji?
  • This plea is no more than a charade and a dishonest attempt to hide the real clamp down on media freedom in Fiji. People are being sadly deprived of the right to know what is happening around them, especially the actions and activities of the illegal Government. They are so afraid of people finding out about the truth of their situation.
  • Sooner or later, we all know, people will get to find out the real truth about the illegal regime and its real intention to stay in power as long as it could by restricting the rights and freedom of the people of Fiji.
  • For this and other reasons, the regime must be removed from power in Fiji and all efforts must be directed at this objective to prevent further suffering by the people of Fiji.

Fiji Live News - February 14, 2010

While the Government would like to assist the media industry in every way conceivable, its resources however are not unlimited, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Peceli Vocea.

He made the comment while submitting Fiji’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“It therefore needs assistance to ensure that the media in Fiji provides the level of journalism and media coverage that encourages national unity and harmony, and which is conducive to the development of real and sustainable
democracy in Fiji,” Voce said.

He said areas of possible assistance could include the provision of funds for the effective operation of the media council executive body as per Government’s submission and the findings of the media review team and the provision of a permanent office and staff for the smooth administration of the media council’s affairs.

Other areas could be the establishment of an association of journalists to protect and promote their interests; upgrading of the salaries of journalists to a level commensurate with the kind of responsible and balanced journalism required of them; and increased training to improve the capacity of journalists.

Highlights of Fiji’s report include:

• Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development 2009 -2014, aimed at drawing a new Constitution and leading to democratic elections by September 2014;
• The Public Emergency Regulation places limits on the right to freedom of speech, expression, and press;
• Criminalization of the act of Trafficking in Persons;
• Efforts to eliminate abuse against children; and
• Establishment of the Fiji Human Rights Commission but faced difficulties in staffing it due to travel sanctions and other restrictions imposed by some of Fiji’s neighbouring countries.

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