Press body keeping watch over journos

No act of abuse against journalists will be ignored

In response to every act of abuse reported to them, the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) will act with determination and use their multi-nation resources to ensure maximum publicity when journalists are arrested, tortured or even killed in their pursuit of truth.
 

Pacnews
Fri, 24 Oct 2008
LONDON, UK —– Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) will ensure maximum publicity when journalists are arrested, tortured or even killed in their pursuit of truth

In response to every act of abuse reported to them, the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) will act with determination and use their multi-nation resources to ensure maximum publicity when journalists are arrested, tortured or even killed in their pursuit of truth. “The welfare of our members is central to the work of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. We have documented evidence of journalists in some countries being abused by despots masquerading as politicians,” stated the communiqué from the conference held in Kuching, Malaysia, between 14 and 18 October 2008.

“We will expose and embarrass. We will lobby our own governments to pressure these despots into treating journalists with basic human respect.”

This conference marked the 30th year since the CJA was founded. It focused on sending journalists back to their media houses with greater knowledge about current issues and more tools to help improve their reporting skills. Ninety-minute skills training sessions were also offered to working journalists on three successive mornings during the conference. The CJA also urged increased and improved coverage of climate change in news media throughout the Commonwealth. “We feel that climate change, and its potentially devastating impact on all aspects of human life across the planet, needs intense and ongoing journalistic attention using the checks and balances that the best practices of our profession demand.

“As an invigorated, more robust Commonwealth Journalists Association enters a new era of unprecedented connectedness among members, we will use our capacity to share information on the impact and science of climate change in our home countries and foster diligent reporting on climate change at the media houses we represent.”

5 Responses to “Press body keeping watch over journos”

  1. EnufDictatorship Says:

    We are grateful to organisations like the CJA who actively look out for the people in their profession.

    However, it may not be enough for the people of Fiji, if our journos are intimidated and scared to publish/present what they feel/believe should be reported. As in the e.g. given in one of the previous sections where Sakiusa Bolaira ignored the qst that was directed to Leweni and didn’t bother to get back to it after the break.

    Have u also read lately the LTEs to the Fiji Times? Most seem nothing like the ones that they published pre-Hannah-deportation times.

    However, it’s good that they are publishing pieces by Kamal Iyer. I guess they must do something like that to keep their readership numbers that would also be interested in reading Victor Lal.

    But I feel that the Fiji Daily Post seem to keep plowing ahead as usual with their views and the public’s (for and against illegals) of what’s going on at home. Good on them!

    So, if the CJA is behind ALL journos, why are some of ours scared and toning down their reports on these illegals and the degrading reperscussions of their selfish acts?

  2. amazon Says:

    The far-reaching implications of Gates extraordinary decision are almost surreal and unimaginable. Hell, even if i were President, I’d want my powers checked to save me from myself lest I wake up one morning and decide to banish the likes of NP to Planet Pluto🙂

  3. freedomfighter Says:

    Enufdictatorship – Where is Victor Lal – Fiji SUN has gone all quiet – have they sacrificed him to make the regime happy?

  4. benhur Says:

    Kudos to the UN for sending this entity over to Fiji to physically viewed and assessed our political,social and economic situation in the country. I’m sure the UN is totally aware that such visits can only create positive outcomes for the country and its leaders? I suggest,that more visits from this world body is required?

  5. amazon Says:

    An apt quote for our press by Thomas Jefferson, a great democrat & 3rd US President 1801-09 …

    “Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost”

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