Today marks a new chapter for the media fraternity as the Fiji Media Council sees the light of day again.
This comes after the induction of members and launch of the Fiji Media Council was held today.
This has been labeled yet another major development in our national media landscape.
Since the repeal of the MIDA Act in April this year, there has been a lot of work progressing to establish the Fiji Media Council, and today the composition of this important body has been finalised.
This was highlighted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, and Small and Medium Enterprises, and Communications, Manoa Kamikamica at the Fiji Media Council Member Induction in Suva.
“There has been a lot of work progressing to establish the Fiji Media Council, and I am pleased to announce that the composition of this important body has been finalised”.
“The Fiji Media Council comprises a diverse group of individuals committed to upholding the highest journalistic standards, defending media independence and freedom, and proactively addressing public concerns”.
DPM Kamikamica congratulated Agatha Ferei who was unanimously elected as Chair of the Fiji Media Council and members of the council.
DPM Kamikamica said the main goal of the Fiji Media Council is to promote self-regulation uphold high standards in the media industry and act as a platform for people in the media world to talk, work together, and resolve any issues that come up.
Additionally, DPM Kamikamica said the Fiji Media Council is working on creating a set of guidelines called a ‘Code of Ethics and Practice’ for everyone in the media field.
“These guidelines stress the importance of accuracy, fairness, and accountability in journalism. The Council is also all about boosting media literacy among the public, giving people the tools they need to critically engage with media content”.
In his closing remarks, DPM Kamikamica reiterated the Coalition Government”s commitment in supporting Fiji Media Council in its endeavors.
The Fiji Media Council is made up of a diverse group, including national media organisations, government reps, and community members.
The Fiji Media Council comprises a diverse group of individuals who are committed to upholding the highest journalistic standards, defending media independence and freedom, and proactively addressing public concerns.
The newly elected interim Chair of the Fiji Media Council Agatha Ferei says this is a new journey for the media and the people of Fiji.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary for the Fiji Media Association Stanley Simpson says the current government played a vital role in the formation of the Council.
The other members of the Council include Arshad Daud, Inoke Bainimarama, Laisa Bale, Marc McElrath, Naina Ragigia and Shirleen Sahai.