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Pacific journalism will develop through truth and courage

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen”: Winston Churchill.

We have seen the erosion of truth and integrity in a number of island nations over the past few decades, allowing a dark cloud hovering over the Pacific Ocean which has brought about a sluggish, half-hearted and timid spirit.

The submission by some sections of what was a vibrant media has allowed this spirit to grow and thrive, and this will continue unless people speak up and address this momentum of continual muting of truth to her peoples.

The media has always been the platform which allows the truth to be consumed by the people, to shape their minds and bring clarity to their vision.

It is time the quiet Pacific peoples make a stand and speak up about the current growing spirit of fear and intimidation ravaging the once tranquil and peaceful region, and no longer be passive bystanders.

The Pacific ocean with 155 million square kilometres covering more than 30 per cent of the earth’s surface, consequently has 30 percent responsibility in terms of development and upholding truth.

And the truth of events transpiring around us through news disseminated to the people will be the light that dispels the darkness and the reality of a society of integrity to be restored.

Half-truths and covering up deeds that have been committed to keep a good face to the people without being transparent don’t add up, and cultivate suspicion and distrust.

The media plays a vital role in upholding truth and accountability and calling on leaders to be truthful and own up to their misdeeds, something which has been conveniently shut up by legislation.

The introduction of the Pacific Advocate at this stage of the game brings a breath of fresh air, providing an avenue for journalists to take part in restoring their trade to its former glory.

The use of all Pacific journalists and freelance contributors in the news site will inject vibrancy to allow the stories to be told in a different light and complement the current newspapers and magazines covering the region.

 

Rusiate Mataika

Rusiate is a Fiji national who commenced in journalism as a cadet with the Fiji Times in 1993. He has worked as a journalist and sub-editor with various media outlets including the Fiji Sun and the Daily Post. An avid rugby fan, Rusiate brings passion, experience and knowledge to The Pacific Advocate team.

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