13:05 TodayTaken from/By: FacebookReport by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
The Permanent Secretary of Information Sharon Smith-Johns has issued an apology to veteran journalist Samisoni Pareti for refusing his accreditation to cover the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Nadi last week. In a statement this morning, Smith-Johns says their decision to refuse Pareti’s accreditation was based on incorrect information due to miscommunication between the Ministry and the Media Industry Development Authority. Smith-Johns says she has launched a full investigation into the matter to make sure that an incident like this is not repeated in the future. According to the Ministry of Information Pareti’s accreditation was refused as he is not a registered journalist with MIDA. Last night, Pareti stated that he is at loss as to what kind of registration the Ministry wants as MIDA had been informed in an official letter on the 16th of June, from Islands Business magazine that he is now the Editor in Chief. Pareti stated that if Smith-Johns had checked with MIDA, she would have been informed of his status. Meanwhile, this afternoon, following the apology issued by Smith-Johns, Pareti told FBC News, the PIDF has come and gone, but he will accept the apology.