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Date Posted: 22:46:58 02/01/06 Wed
Author: Thakur Ranjit Singh
Subject: Re: re: 4864 FIJI: NZ media under fire over 'sensational reporting'
In reply to: Michael J Field 's message, "re: 4864 FIJI: NZ media under fire over 'sensational reporting'" on 02:19:11 01/31/06 Tue

I am not sure who Michael Field is asking to get his view. I have all the respect for him as the most experienced journalist in Pacific affairs. I am not too sure who was supposed to ask his point of view. However as the one who penned the Auckland Times story, and who is well aware of Fiji situation, I do not think I need anybody's view on the distorted reporting. If anybody who needs views of Pacific experts like Michael Field, it is New Zealand Herald and TV3. As matter of interest, perhaps somebody can ask these mainstream New Zealand media, how many ethnic people do they employ from the Pacific who can have some understanding of what is "really" happening in the Pacific. Such media should stop relying on "parachute journalists". And when people like me would like to project the victim's point of view in NZ media, they tell us that our writing do not meet their journalistic standard, whatever that is. This is my first hand experience with an ethnocentric mainstream NZ media. That was my lament. To address this problem , we are in the process of forming an Ethnic Media Council to give us lesser mortals a collective voice in a closed shop.
THAKUR RANJIT SINGH

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