Fiji Sun - - SUNFUN - Pad­maja, High Com­mis­sioner of In­dia to Fiji John Feakes, Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji

Icon­grat­u­late the en­tire team of on the oc­ca­sion of World Press Freedom Day’ and ap­plaud all jour­nal­ists and me­di­a­per­sons who are work­ing day and night to up­hold the freedom of Press.

In the words of Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Naren­dra Modi, a free Press makes a stronger democ­racy. It is the mul­ti­plic­ity of ideas and hu­man ex­pres­sion that makes us more vi­brant as a so­ci­ety.

In the times of a global cri­sis such as the one brought upon us by the COVID-19 Pan­demic, your role is all the more im­por­tant to up­hold the freedom of Press.

My best wishes to all the jour­nal­ists and me­dia-per­sons on their tire­less ef­forts for re­port­ing through­out the COVID19 Pan­demic.

I also take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late the Gov­ern­ment of Fiji on their marvel­lous suc­cess in con­tain­ing the out­break in Fiji.

for keep­ing Fiji safe. n be­half of the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion, I’d like to wish all mem­bers of Fiji’s me­dia fra­ter­nity a happy World Press Freedom Day.

My team and I meet jour­nal­ists reg­u­larly at events rang­ing from sports to Par­lia­ment sit­tings, high school grad­u­a­tions to Prime Min­is­te­rial vis­its – some­times all in the same day. The pro­fes­sion­al­ism and per­sonal com­mit­ment of the me­dia com­mu­nity here is im­pres­sive.

This day is an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on how the work of the press car­ries enor­mous value in pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with a trusted source of in­for­ma­tion. This has never been more im­por­tant as our two coun­tries, and many oth­ers around the world, need timely and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion as we re­spond to this un­prece­dented COVID-19 pan­demic.

As vi­brant mul­ti­cul­tural democ­ra­cies, Fiji and Aus­tralia both un­der­stand the im­por­tance of a me­dia land­scape which en­cour­ages ro­bust dis­cus­sion and sup­ports the rights and free­doms of the me­dia.

At its very best, jour­nal­ists can gen­er­ate na­tional de­bate on im­por­tant is­sues, help peo­ple form opinions, and hold or­gan­i­sa­tions ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

for the work you do.

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