Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela was paid a courtesy visit by executives of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) on Thursday 11 January at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The purpose of the visit was to brief the Prime Minister whom is the patron on the MASI about the work of the association and to give him some updates about some of its plans.
During the meeting, MASI President, Deli Oso took the courtesy to congratulate Hon. Houenipwela for his election as Prime Minister and stated that the MASI looks forward to working together with him as the patron of the country’s media association.
Ms Oso also stated that whilst the association has a Code of Ethics serves to guide the work of its members, there are situations whereby certain journalism and/or media practitioners failed to abide to the Code of Ethics and because of that, the association is working towards setting up a framework in the form of a legislation whereby MASI members who failed to adhere to its code of ethics can be easily dealt with.
The President also raised the concept of a Media Practitioners Act which would establish a Media Ombudsman whose role would be to enforce compliance with media ethics.
“Whilst other professionals like lawyers have a Legal Practitioners Act, media practitioners should also be guarded by a Media Practitioners Act”, Ms Oso stated.
In response, the Prime Minister thanked the President and her team for their visit and acknowledged the important role that the media plays stating that in terms of transparency and good governance, the role of the media must be performed with responsibility.
The Prime Minister also acknowledge that the role of the media in informing the people is a critical one and that the Government will do its part to ensure for a set of legislation which can assist to protect media practitioners and the industry that they serve be enacted.
The MASI President was accompanied by the CEO of the MASI along with two of its executive members Ben Bilua and Uriel Matanani.
Source: PM’s Press Secretariat