14 Feb 2017

Hopes self censorship proof will help Fiji media

11:00 am on 14 February 2017

The author of a study showing continued self-censorship among Fiji's journalists hopes its findings will help move the industry forward.

Ricardo Morris has just had published analysis of the study which was carried out a year ago and sponsored by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

He says the 40 responses to his eight question survey revealed only a slight leaning towards self censorship but follow up interviews showed evidence it was being practiced at an editorial level.

"This is the elephant in the room for Fiji media that we find it a very prickly topic to talk about," said Mr Morris.

"But I think that once we can get over this hurdle of accepting that there is some element of self censorship still existing even after the 2014 election, we can begin to find ways to mitigate the effects of self censorship in the media."

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