What is journalism for

Sailosi Naewe, Naduru Rd, Nausori | Saturday, December 30, 2017
AS another year comes to a close I would like to convey my appreciation to the staff and management of The Fiji Times.
The Fiji Times readers, from left, Joseva  Matasau, Kavit Nand and Unaisi Ritova browse through the paper in Suva yesterday.  Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
The Fiji Times readers, from left, Joseva Matasau, Kavit Nand and Unaisi Ritova browse through the paper in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Your paper has strived (in trying conditions) to allow us the members of the public to read news that is independent and reliable so we can make sense of what is happening around us.

In the book Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel the question was posed, "What is journalism for?"

Their answer is intriguing.

"Journalism was for building a sense of community that the government could not control. Journalism was for citizenship. Journalism was for democracy."

And as Czech president Vaclav Havel told a group of journalists gathered in Prague in 1991, journalism was for taking back the language from a government that had subverted it with propaganda that "undermined freedom of thought itself".

Wishing you all a prosperous new year and may you continue to provide the citizens of Fiji with information they need to be free and self-governing.

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