EU Fiji marks World Press Free­dom Day

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The Euro­pean Union funded civil so­ci­ety project Valu­ing Voices was launched in Suva yes­ter­day, mark­ing World Press Free­dom Day.

It also be­gins the roll out of a se­ries of new EU­funded ini­tia­tives de­signed to con­trib­ute to the con­sol­i­da­tion of democ­racy and the rule of law, and re­spect for all hu­man rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms. The Valu­ing Voices project will be im­ple­mented over 30 months by the Bri­tish Coun­cil and Save the Chil­dren Fiji, to­gether with Dia­logue Fiji and Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific’s Ocea­nia Cen­tre.

Valu­ing Voices is an in­no­va­tive arts-in-de­vel­op­ment project, de­signed to sup­port hu­man rights ad­vo­cacy in re­la­tion to Fiji’s in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments to me­dia in­de­pen­dence fo­cus­ing on hu­man rights de­fend­ers of women and chil­dren.

The project ex­plores the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of free­dom of ex­pres­sion and the role that art and cul­ture play in cre­at­ing strong civil so­ci­eties. EU Am­bas­sador to Fiji and the Pa­cific, An­drew Ja­cobs, who hosted the launch at his res­i­dence, said: “‘The Valu­ing Voices project which we are launch­ing to­day is about valu­ing ALL voices in so­ci­ety. “Valu­ing Voices is about sup­port­ing hu­man rights ad­vo­cacy through cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism and the arts. It is based on an un­der­stand­ing that di­ver­sity of voice leads to bet­ter gov­er­nance for ev­ery­one.

“It’s one of sev­eral projects re­cently sup­ported by the Euro­pean Union in Fiji aimed at con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment and con­sol­i­da­tion of democ­racy and the rule of law, and re­spect for all hu­man rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms.

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