SI Journalists reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 25 April 2018
“LOCAL journalists were once again being reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role, in keeping the government accountable in the fight against corruption.
“Head of the University of South Pacific (USP) Journalism School, Dr Shailendra Singh told the journalists, in an Anti-Corruption Reporting Workshop in Honiara, Monday.
“He said, the role of Journalists’ is important to keep people informed, primarily, to keep the government accountable.
“The priority is scrutinising the government,” said the regional media specialist, although he added that the private sector and civil society organisations are also prone to corruption.
“People need to be informed to be able to analyse government’s performance, because we have elections every 4-5 years.
“And, people need to be fairly informed, to be able to make a right choice,” he said.
“Dr Singh further explained that, if people are informed of the government’s conduct or policy, they can vote the government out or keep it in power should they choose.
“That is why it is so important that we (media) scrutinize both the government conduct and policy on a regular basis.”
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