NFP

Do the right thing – shoot the message, not the messenger – Prof Prasad

Do the right thing – shoot the message, not the messenger – Prof Prasad

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 03/05/2022
Professor Biman Prasad - [Image: National Federation Party]

National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad says do the right thing – shoot the message, not the messenger.

In a statement on World Press Freedom Day, Professor Prasad says it is totally wrong and unethical for Government or anyone to launch a tirade against the media organisation and their News Director, the Editor-in Chief or anyone else just because they don’t like the media amplifying the truth and voice of the people without fear.

Professor Prasad says it is critically important for the media to be impartial and amplify the voice of the people without fear, especially in an election year.

The NFP Leader says since September last year, the media, particularly The Fiji Times and Communications Fiji Limited, operators of five radio stations and the vastly popular fijivillage news site, have been repeatedly criticised by Government for amplifying the voice of the people through their elected representatives.

Professor Prasad says The Fiji Times and CFL are simply doing what any media organization should at all times.

He says they are simply performing their fundamental role as an effective watchdog of government.

The NFP Leader the media organizations are the messenger of truth but unfortunately the truth is unpalatable to the current Government.

Professor Prasad says furthermore, the Attorney-General’s statement in parliament on 24th September last year, while agreeing to the tirade against The Fiji Times and CFL by Assistant Minister Selai Adimaitoga for the media to declare which political party they support in their editorial policy, is the clearest indication of Government preferring a pro-Fiji First and partisan media in the country.

The NFP Leader says there is no place for a partisan media in Fiji that use media freedom as a blank cheque and perform the sole task of being a mouthpiece of Government.

He says instead, Government must fully adhere to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through the media regardless of frontiers.

The NFP Leader says this freedom and right are reposed in the people, which the State and politicians must respect at all times.

FEATURE NEWS
Young man commits suicide in Nasese, please seek help if you are facing challenges
Suicide remains a silent killer in our country as cases of concern continue to emerge this year where people are resorting to end their lives. In t...
13 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Nursing Association President Doctor Vudiniabola to appear on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan at 8 tonight
Fiji Nursing Association President, Doctor Adi Alisi Vudiniabola will appear on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan at 8 tonight. Adi ...
3 hours ago

Coca-Cola Games torch ends tour at CMF College, Basden College, AOG High School and International School Suva
It was an exciting morning for the students of CMF College, Basden College, Assembly of God High School and International School Suva after the ...
13 hours ago

Single mother graduates with honours despite financial struggles faced for the past 5 years
Salote Taukeisalili was full of joy as all her hard work paid off after she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education ...
13 hours ago

Dogs to be based at the Coke Games to ensure safety of athletes and students - Tikoduadua
Proactive steps are being taken by Police and government to ensure the safety of students and athletes during the Coca-Cola Games next week as the ...
13 hours ago

Naviyago village headman’s wife calls for suicide awareness after son’s death and other attempted cases
The wife of the village headman of Naviyago in Lautoka, Laite Kuruilase has called on people to speak out and share their problems with someone they ...
13 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
SODELPA Management Board instructs Gavoka to hand over Education portfolio to Radrodro
The SODELPA Management Board has now asked SODELPA’s Parliamentary Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Viliame Gavoka to relinquish his Education ...
3 hours ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho's Acquittal Appeal
Coverage on the appeal filed by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, John Rabuku against the acquittal of the former Prime Minister Voreqe ...
21 days ago

National Program Manager for Fiji 7s, Gareth Baber appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
Gareth Baber appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan to share his plans heading into the preparations for the upcoming tournaments ...
22 days ago

TOP