LOCAL journalists working in various media department and organizations within the country (Solomon Islands) are being urged to at all time guide their journalism profession by upholding ethical reporting.
Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, who is also the Patron of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), reiterate the statement while joining numerous media personnel’s in a function hosted at the Honiara Hotel, Thursday night to honour World Press Freedom Day.
“As media practitioners you must at all times, seek to impart the total truth and report it accordingly.
“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,” he said.
PM Sogavare added that press freedom also comes with responsible reporting that seeks to present an unbiased truth.
“Rumours have no place in ethical journalism. You must at all times be neutral to ensure your reporting on issues is balanced,” he said.
PM Sogavare also used the occasion to pay tribute and honour to the significant role of the media practitioners in ensuring that a vibrant democratic continues to be enjoyed in Solomon Islands through the fundamental principles of press freedom.
“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,” 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 STEPHEN DIISANGO