World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Attack on FBC reporter outside court stirs media protests

FIJI: Attack on FBC reporter outside court stirs media protests

http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/fiji-attack-fbc-reporter-outside-court-stirs-media-protests-9833


Another attack on a Fiji journalist is condemned by the Fijian
Media Association. Image: FBC News

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Item: 9833

By Kelly Vacala

SUVA (Asia Pacific Report/Fijian Media Association/FBC News/Pacific Media Watch): The safety of media personnel has come under the spotlight again after an attack on a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation television journalist on Monday.


FBC’s Praneeta Prakash … stone thrown at her, verbally abused. Image: FBC

A remand prisoner threw a stone at an FBC news reporter while in the presence of a police escort outside the Suva courts.

The police at the scene refused to take any action against the remand prisoner even though the reporter was also verbally abused.

FBC journalist Praneeta Prakash was shooting footage of a man sentenced in a corruption related case in Suva when a remand prisoner being escorted by police to the cell block threw a stone at her which struck her stomach.

Fijian Media Association general secretary Stanley Simpson said reporters covered court stories in order to inform the public and to ensure that justice was served under the law.

“The journalist needs to be left to do their work because in the end it benefits everyone,” he said.

“We saw a Fiji TV reporter was manhandled, we saw a Fiji Sun reporter get attacked recently, and now we see the terrible incident of a stone being thrown at a journalist.

Journalist ‘has every right’
“In these public spaces, and especially in the public interest, the journalist has every right to be there to take footage.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said a thorough investigation on the incident would be carried out.

“We have had some incidents where members of the public have attacked journalists again. We would request them to respect the rights of the journalist. They are simply doing their jobs, they’re not breaking any law.”

Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Director Ashwin Raj said it was “deeply concerning” that journalists were exposed to such situations and they must have a safe environment where media was able to discharge its duties.

Kelly Vacala is an FBC News journalist.

Fijian Media Association

Creative Commons Licence

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news