Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) President, Georgina Kekea has revealed that Journalists in the country are always finding it difficult to access information for verification of stories by authorities when reporting on ‘Corruption’ related issues.
Ms. Kekea highlighted this when speaking during a panel discussion after the launching of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report, last Thursday.
She said it is challenging when journalists wanted to balance their news stories by getting verifications from responsible authorities.
“Recently you have heard the government has talked about reporters not verifying their stories.
“But accessing the information is impossible, in terms of accessing the right people to verify the information,” Ms. Kekea said.
However, she added apart from verification of stories, Journalists must also understand issues before asking the right questions.
To address such issues in the local newsrooms, MASI is assisting its media personals with capacity building training.
“MASI continues to hold training sessions to build the capacity of journalists to be able to understand issues better so that they are able to ask right questions and they can be able to do their job properly,” Ms. Kekea stressed.
Thus, she called on all media organizations to work closely with MASI when it comes to building capacities of journalists.
By ESTHER NURIA