Pacific Media Centre Pacific Media Watch Pacific Journalism Review Asia Pacific Report
 

NZ: Journalism educator says Fiji MIDA demands are 'mind-boggling'


PMC's Dr David Robie at the business media summit in Sydney this week ... critical of the MIDA approach in Fiji. Image: John Wallace/APJC

Friday, March 28, 2014

Item: 8529

AUCKLAND (Radio NZ International / Pacific Media Watch): A Pacific journalism educator says the Fiji Media Industry Development Authority is putting mind-boggling demands on the media.

A row between the authority and the ABC flared at the recent Pacific Media Summit in New Caledonia over a veteran ABC reporter Sean Dorney's comments on the state of media freedom in Fiji.

The director of AUT University's Pacific Media Centre, Professor David Robie, who was at a business media summit in Sydney this week, says Dorney's comments are widely shared in the Pacific.

He says it's laughable that the MIDA is asking for a retraction from the ABC.

He says the MIDA chairman, Ashwin Raj, has called for wider discussion about politics, but it seems his organisation has set itself up as a censor.

"This is the time now to get as much open media and debate as possible leading up to the elections later this year and here we have MIDA trying to sort of set some sort of limits and effectively a gag on both the ABC and Sean Dorney. It's quite mind-boggling that they're actually trying to do this, and it's a very unprofessional approach."

- Professor David Robie

MIDA pursues complaint against Australian journalist

Creative Commons Licence

 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence.

PMC profile photograph

Pacific Media Watch

PMC's media monitoring service

Pacific Media Watch is compiled for the Pacific Media Centre as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.
(cc) Creative Commons


Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.