PM pledges commitment towards free, fair and responsible media in SI

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The MASI Patron, third from left, and MASI President Mr Leni Dalavera of SIBC, fourth from left, with the 2016 MASI Awards’ recipients. Photo: PM Press.

THE Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Hon Manasseh Sogavare says that he is committed to ensure a free, fair and responsible media in Solomon Islands.

PM Sogavare made the statement while joining numerous media personnel’s at the Honiara Hotel last night (Thursday) in Honiara to honour the annual World Press Freedom Day which falls on 3 May every year.

Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has delayed their celebration until yesterday (Thursday) night.

“As the patron of media in Solomon Islands, I am committed to ensuring a free, fair and responsible media in the country.

“I am committed to ensuring the development of the media industry to ensure that Solomon Islanders are well and responsibly informed about their government and its decisions and policies and other issues affecting their lives or of interest to them,” PM Sogavare said.

He added that press freedom also comes with responsible reporting that seeks to present an unbiased truth.

“As media practitioners you must at all times, seek to impart the total truth and report it accordingly.

“Rumours have no place in ethical journalism. You must at all times be neutral to ensure your reporting on issues is balanced.

“You must also guard against the distortion and mischaracterizing statements in an attempt to provoke hate, disharmony, political instability and so forth.

“You must guard the journalism profession from disrepute by upholding ethical journalism,” PM Sogavare told the media personnel’s.

“As the head of a political government, I can assure you tonight that I am determined to ensure the political government which I lead- Democratic Coalition for Change Government responds appropriately to the concerns, needs and aspirations of Solomon Islanders through the introduction of appropriate policies and legislations.

“Achieving the collective dream of all Solomon Islanders for a better Solomon Islands will not come easy and cannot be achieved through the sole government effort. The fulfilment of this collective dream lies on the shoulders of all Solomon Islanders.

“Solomon Islanders inclusive of media practitioners must perform to their utmost best in their various walks of life as part of their contribution to the development of Solomon Islands,” he said.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day was renowned with the theme: “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is your Right.”

By Admin/News Desk

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