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No change to MIDA one eyed view on the media……. MIDA chair Ashwin Raj … considering revoking accreditation for some foreign media

MIDA calls for media ‘balance’ over poll rigging allegations

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Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Ashwin Raj has criticised some reporting of alleged discrepancies in Fiji’s election results and has called for more balance, The Fiji Times reports..

pacificfijielections logo 200wideRaj said it was discouraging that some media stories about the election counting process seemed unbalanced.

“I’m particularly concerned that they’ve taken the statements of a few political parties and gone ahead with [these] without necessarily attaining the views of the Supervisor of Elections, the Electoral Commission or the MOG [Multinational Observer Group],” he said.

Given the sensitivity of this year’s election, it was important that reports were balanced, Raj said.

“This is a particularly sensitive time for our history and our political history and you would have thought they would be a lot more sensitive to this.”

Raj also pleaded with members of the public not to believe everything they read and heard on social networking sites.

The authority could not control the flow of comments on Facebook but advised people not to take their issues to the social media but to seek legal avenues to address their concerns, he said.

He also said he was considering revoking media accreditations for foreign media companies covering the election because of a “lack of adherence to good reporting ethics”.

Source: Pacific Media Watch 8980

One thought on “No change to MIDA one eyed view on the media……. MIDA chair Ashwin Raj … considering revoking accreditation for some foreign media

  1. Already signs of no change is seen by this outburst. The media reports whatever it wants and people can make their own judgements when they read it. To stop the media from reporting freely is against the principle of free expression! This MIDA stance just shows that despite the staging of an election, nothing has really changed and will ever change. The people of Fiji have through the election legitimised the rule of Baikhai after all the years of grumbling! Now its back to dictatorship as usual and it will be interesting to see how the newly elected parliament operates under the Baikhai rule of the jungle. Welcome to reality of 2013 constitution – democracy Baikhai style!

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