THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) will refer the issue raised in the Island Sun newspaper on Monday to the MASI Leadership Advisory Group (LAG).
Newly elected MASI President Charles Kadamana said this is to allow an independent body of veteran and senior journalists to look into the issues raised in the newspaper article.
In a statement he said, the MASI executive committee is taking this step due to potential conflict of interest in dealing with those issues at their level.
In the article the newspaper has questioned the process of the special general meeting (SGM) for the election of President and Vice President last Saturday.
Mr Kadamana said, the MASI Leadership Advisory Group will enforce this obligation and responsibility as per the MASI Constitution 2017 Section 11.0: Subsection 11.3
”In the course of these investigations all MASI members are requested to abide by the MASI Code of Conduct.”
Mr Kadamana said the MASI executive committee would like to reiterate that as professionals within the media industry, all MASI members who are responsible for the dissemination of important and credible information to the public must exercise greater responsibility in their actions.
Despite the issue, Mr Kadamana said MASI will continue to conduct its roles and responsibilities to its members, and fulfil its obligations to its donors, funders and supporters.
”In this regard, I renew my call for unity among the members and urged MASI members to work together to drive the organization forward.
”As members we all have the responsibilities to ensure the integrity of our organization is not tarnished by self or vested personal interest.
”I assure the members, key stakeholders and aid partners that my executive will ensure a high degree of professionalism is executed to lead MASI into new heights.”