MIDA delivers Wasea Basha decision
December 1, 2016 4:08 am
The Media Industry and Development Authority has stated it will not refer the Wasea Basha issue to the Media Tribunal.
MIDA investigated a complaint lodged by Peter Waqavonovono, Jope Tarai, Vani Catanisiga and Seni Nabou, in relation to the contents of the show, which complainants claimed were tantamount to explicit racism.
MIDA chair, Ashwin Raj, says after having examined the contents of the particular episode, the content of the program contained generalizations and stereotypes berefed of accuracy, balance and fairness about the social progress of the i-Taukei community.
He adds this was not about denigrating, but may have also have the effect of giving credence to racist stereotyping given the power of the media.
Raj goes on to say, while the statements made in the program lacked balance and substantiation, the tone was not provocative and the language was not inflammatory.
He says there was no obvious call to violence.
Raj says a close examination of the show shows that there is no pattern of hostility towards any community and was one which promoted racial harmony and diversity through language.
MIDA says the presenter, Nemani Bainivalu had also apologized in three languages and FBC had also taken several remedial steps.