The Fijian Media Association (FMA) conducted its annual general meeting on Friday (22 March 2024), at the Fiji Museum in Suva, where it reviewed the work carried out in 2023, including its financial report, proposed measures to strengthen the organisation and forthcoming projects in 2024.

The meeting, in the 10th year since the FMA’s establishment, also elected its Executive Committee for 2024-2026 and appointed the association’s first Life Member in Fiji Times photographer Atunaisa Rasea who retired on Friday after more than 30 years of service.

The meeting discussed the FMA’s healthy financial position, with the challenges of implementing its line-up of projects in 2024. In this context, there were discussions of the history of the association, especially during the period of its formal registration on 29 April 2014, at a time when the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA), regulating and constraining media activities was in force.

There had been strong development within FMA’s Women in Women In Media Fiji project during 2023, with the project expected to continue this strong growth in 2024.

One of the FMA’s priorities during 2023, following the change in government, was to push for the repeal of MIDA and the setting up of a self-regulating mechanism. Both of these were achieved in 2023, with the removal of MIDA and the establishment of the Fiji Media Council, an independent self-regulating arm supported by all of Fiji’s media organisations.

The challenge in 2024 is the implementation of donor-funded activities, regular communication with members, and broadening the reach of FMA’s activities to more members.

Executive Committee 2024-2026

President: Rosi Doviverata
Vice President: Fred Wesley
General Secretary: Stanley Simpson
Assistant General Secretary: Indra Singh
Treasurer: Reginald Tui
Assistant Treasurer: Vijay Narayan
Executive member: Makereta Komai

Special thanks to FMA’s donors for their support during the past year including ABC International Development through the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, U.S Embassy Suva and Internews.