Parliament Press Gallery launched
March 9, 2019 1:17 pm
Media personnel wanting to cover Parliament proceedings during sitting days will now have the luxury of using the press gallery in the Chamber.
Launched yesterday, Speaker of the House, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau acknowledged the unique and important relationship between Parliament and the media.
The Government of China funded the project which was one of the wishes of the late Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni.
The Speaker also noted that the launching of the media gallery is not an isolated development but part of Parliament’s broader initiative under its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan to increase citizen awareness and engagement of Parliament and its parliamentary processes.
China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo says the assistance is part of their continued support to Fiji.
Acting Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua says the initiative was part of their journey of reaching out to members of the public, civil society groups and the wider community through the media.
Meanwhile, Fijian Media Association General-Secretary Stanley Simpson says the new press gallery will allow journalists to do their work much more effectively for the benefit of all Fijians.