Despite the challenges faced by journalists in the last 16 years, they still persevered and updated the public on the situation on what is happening in our country and around the world.

Attorney General, Siromi Turaga made these comments while speaking at the Fijian Media Association World Press Freedom Day 2024 in Suva Wednesday.

Turaga said press freedom is not just a privilege but a fundamental human right, essential for upholding democracy, fostering transparency and promoting accountability.

Turaga acknowledged the work that journalists do as a press service and have a one-stop for society by striving to make those with power accountable, the uncover truth and be the voice of the voiceless.

The Attorney General says many journalists have been victims themselves in trying to break stories and are facing intimidation, threats and also verbal physical violence to pursue truth and justice.

Turaga said despite these dangers, journalists remained focused on their commitment to shining light on the issues that matter, even when the majority stands against them.

He said the repealing of the Media Act last year signifies the positive steps towards media freedom in Fiji.

Turaga said every news reporter must report freely and without fear.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna said press freedom is something not to be remembered once a year but every day.

Puna said the strong and thriving Pacific future for our people needs to have a strong, resilient and thriving media.

He said the work and commitment of the media in the Pacific give credit to the Pacific way.

He is reminding the journalists that their work and leadership must be able to withstand the same level of scrutiny and standards that they apply to others which will ensure they do their jobs well and serve the public to trust in their efforts.

The theme for this year is A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis.