NGO Coalition calls for protection of Journalists
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Loata Waqanivavalagi
The NGO Coalition on Human Rights is calling for the respect of media freedom and the safety and protection of journalists.
NGO Coalition on Human Rights Chair Nalini Singh says the interrogation of journalists will only foster a climate of fear and intimidation for the press.
Singh says it’s important to promote an enabling space for our journalists and media, to prevent self-censorship in the newsroom and ensure people are being informed of current affairs and issues.
The NGO Coalition on Human Rights believes that public order and national security can be upheld and protected without undermining the principles of press freedom.
Meanwhile, the Media Industry Development Authority says there needs to be a robust discussion about constitutionally guaranteed rights, freedoms, and responsibilities and their impact on freedom of expression.
MIDA chair Ashwin Raj reiterated that journalists need to ensure their story is fair, accurate and balanced.
The journalists in question include veteran journalists and Directors for IB Magazine Netani Rika and Samisoni Pareti as well as their staff writer Nanise Volau.
The three were detained under a possible breach of section 15 of the Public Order Act.
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