Monday, 5 October 2009
FIJI Media Council after Tarte: needs free media, free speech to do its job
"In a region as diverse as the Pacific, setting up a media council from scratch and getting it to the stage where partners are prepared
to put in money to fund its operations is a major achievement, and it is just so ironic that such a well thought out review could not have
come at a more challenging time, " he says.
"What the review process and public submissions have shown is that a media council is something many believe in. As a neutral and trusted link between media houses and a public complaints process, it is a key function that needs everyone’s support".
"Pacific nations keen to encourage public feedback and responses to what’s published by news outlets would be well advised to look into their own media councils and apply the lessons learnt during Tarte’s time with the Fiji Media Council, and the review report." says Miller.