Quote of the Day

From a speech by journalist Graham Davis on jornalism and Fiji:

Judgment and integrity are the qualities that make journalists respect the facts, the confidences of those who give them information, strive to be balanced and fair, give their stories context and polish and re-polish them – however tight their deadlines – to get them as close as possible to an adequate facsimile of the truth.

And I say facsimile because journalism is the most imprecise of arts, not least because one person’s truth can be another person’s falsehood.

You can, however, strive to have integrity and judgment.

So let’s just talk about this in the Fiji context, as seen by someone like myself…born here and a former citizen, having reported local events but who’s spent a lifetime in the foreign media, on the outside looking in.

And what a picture Fiji presents right now – an entire country hostage to the premise of one person’s truth being another person’s falsehood.

So much of what is said about Fiji in the international media is woefully short of integrity or judgment.

Indeed, we live in a truly parallel universe when it comes to media coverage ….alleged versions of the truth so polarised that your ordinary reader, viewer or listener can be excused for having no idea what to believe.

Never mind your average person with only a passing interest in the country. Even so-called experts have trouble working out who’s right and who’s wrong, such is the deluge of misinformation on Fiji masquerading as fact.

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