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USP talks media freedom

May 2, 2014 1:50 am

Press Freedom and the Fijian Election will be the topic of discussion at the USP’s School of Journalism in Suva this afternoon.

The debate is being organised to commemorate World Press Freedom Day tomorrow.

Fellow in Journalism Patrick Craddock says they hope to provide a forum for some open discussion.

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“It’s really on how journalists will be reporting on elections. As you know we’ve got MIDA which has got certain laws and regulations and the Electoral Act. One of the difficulties as you know, has been sections 115 of the Electoral Act which makes it difficult for any NGO’S to takes part in any discussion.”

Craddock says World Freedom Day also pays homage to journalists around the world who’ve been killed or imprisoned in the line of work.

“It’s something to commemorate the freedom of the press and journalists who get killed on the boarder and things like that. Today our topic is Press Freedom and elections. It’s an open topic and chaired by Stanley Simpson.”

The panel discussion begins at 2pm today.

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