New press gallery for Parliament under construction
January 23, 2019 12:45 pm
Parliament is expected to have a new press gallery in the next sitting.
Currently under construction, the press gallery will be in the Parliament Chambers for the first time since the new parliament complex opened five years ago.
Acting Secretary General to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua says the new press gallery which will be glass encased will enable journalists to get a bird’s eye view of the deliberations in the house.
Fully funded by the Chinese government, the press gallery was a project spear-headed by the late Speaker of the House – Dr. Jiko Luveni and the Fijian Media Association.
“The space which they were designated was too crowded and not conducive to parliamentary reporting, so she it would be good to have a space in the Chamber to have media settled to be able to report fairly.”
Meanwhile, the Fijian Media Association’s General Secretary, Stanley Simpson has welcomed the re-establishment of a press gallery within the House.
Simpson says the new press gallery will be more conducive for better media reporting of the parliamentary proceedings.
Parliament is scheduled to sit from the 11th of February.