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Media observer criticises Media Council move
Title -- 5276 FIJI: Media observer criticises Media Council move
Date -- 24 January 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- The Fiji Times 23/1/08
Copyright - FT
Status -- Unabridged
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WILSON RESPECTS TARTE'S STAND
SUVA (Fiji Times Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Fiji Media Council did not need to join the National Council for Building a Better Fiji to have its views made known, media observer and consultant Matt Wilson said yesterday.
He was responding to the media body's chairman, Daryl Tarte's, decision to join the council.
Wilson said the council was "very controversial and divisive" which was not surprising given the [post-coup] circumstances.
"I can understand why there are concerns about Mr Tarte joining." Mr Wilson said.
"There is, in my view, an issue about whether an organisation such as the Media Council should be involved in the NCBBF," he said.
Wilson said Tarte's membership with the council was open to misinterpretation.
"However, Mr Tarte is sincere in his belief that he can play a useful role in the council, and I respect that," Wilson said.
The Pacific Islands News Association said it was not in a position to comment.
Attempts to obtain comments from former Information Minister Ratu Jo Dimuri proved futile.
Last week the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity questioned the local media's independence following the council's decision to be involved in the interim government's proposed People's Charter.
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