The following editorial in the Fiji SUN speaks volumes about certain media outlets in Fiji who seem to have forgotten their role in the fight for the restoration of democracy, press freedom and human rights in Fiji. But we must not give up hope nor must we, like the Fiji SUN, raise our hands, and clap on behalf of the illegal regime in Fiji. Viva, press freedom!
One sided, UNESCO 5/3/2010, Fiji Sun Editorial
Today is World Press Freedom Day. In Brisbane at UNESCO’s main global event marking the day there will be lots of huff, puff and one-sided noise about Fiji.
It will be one sided because the Australian organisers have loaded the programme with people who are anti.
They have featured critics of our Government, but not any of the many people who have a very different point of view.
What a difference this is to the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) conference in Port Vila last year. A panel discussion during PINA featured various viewpoints, including from our own Ministry of Information on behalf of the Government.
While The Fiji Times representatives staged a walkout when the Ministry of Information representative spoke the rest of the participants in PINA stayed put and listened.
They understood that the Australian way is not the only way.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)supposedly promotes pluralism of viewpoints. It's a pity UNESCO then did not insist their Australian organisers showed similar balance to what PINA’s organisers did.
The failure to do this undermines the credibility of the events in Brisbane.