THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) will merge with a number of non-government organisations (NGOs) to form a partnership in the fight against corruption.
This follows the successful training on anti-corruption reporting last week for local journalists in Honiara.
MASI President Charles Kadamana uttered this, in his closing speech at the end of the four-day workshop, Thursday.
“From this workshop, MASI will create partnership with other organisations that have the same interest, which is to fight against corruption in this country.
“As a body that looks after the media in Solomon Islands, MASI will rely on journalists to report on anti-corruption for better results on an effort to weed out corruption, therefore, as journalists we must sing the same tune, and the tune is to fight corruption.
“Solomon Islands is our country, so fighting corruption is everybody’s business.
“So journalists, I urge you to go out and utilise that skills you have learnt, to good use,” the President said.
He added that, the workshop will be beneficial to the media practitioners and its stakeholders that are involved (TSI, UNDP, and other NGOs).
He also acknowledged particularly the United National Development Program (UNDP) in providing funds towards the success of the workshop.
In his address, UNDP’s Peace building project fund, Manager Angus Wandi said, they are looking to partner with MASI in the fight against corruption in the country.
“There is a cure for corruption and it is transparency. This is where the media plays the important role.
“The UNDP is very grateful, that this training is targeted to all of us, and we are also honoured to be partnering with you (MASI) in this training.
“Because, we are really hoping and expecting that this is a beginning of the work to promote transparency, to promote integrity, to promote anti-corruption, in Solomon Islands in particular the communities in various provinces, and globally,” Mr Wandi said.
The Project Manager further stated that, it is not only the media that can play that role, but everybody can play a similar role, including the NGOs.
“We really hope that this is the beginning of the process of cooperation and partnership, and we hope that there are follow up trainings, and we can do this collectively,” Mr Wandi added.
Meanwhile, Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) Chief Executive Officer Ms Ruth Liloqula also said, her organisation is now also anticipating partnership with the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI)
By RONALD TOITO’ONA