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FMA celebrates World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2018 1:27 am

The ethical dilemmas associated with reporting in times of crisis is one of the major topic of discussions during an Editors Forum in Suva today as the Fijian Media Association marks World Press Freedom Day.

FMA Secretary Stanley Simpson says the safety of journalists when reporting on natural disasters and other crisis situations and how best to deal with restrictive authorities in times of crisis reporting will also be discussed.

Simpson says editors will have more to share based from their experiences on the recent plane crash, cyclones and floods early this year.

The panel of speakers include Islands Business Editor – Samisoni Pareti, Fiji Sun Training Editor – Nemani Delaibatiki and Fiji Times Bureau Chief West – Margaret Wise.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa paid a special tribute to individuals and organizations who have continued to contribute towards the evolution of the freedom of the Press.

The Opposition Leader also saluted journalists who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedom of the Press.

She says freedom for the press and professional journalism is critical in order to create meaningful discussions and pave the way to a knowledge based society.

Ro Teimumu says the press links the government with the people and is an important element in generating discussions in the process of national development.

The World Press Freedom Day themed- “Keeping Power in Check- Media Ethics and Crisis Reporting” is celebrated by all media organizations today.