THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has paid a courtesy call to the Honourable Prime Minister at his office yesterday.
MASI representatives led by its President, Mrs Deli Oso, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Hilda Lamani and two board members presented to the Prime Minister MASI’s new executive and its future operation.
Oso acknowledged the Prime Minister for accepting MASI’s request for an audience.
She also congratulates Hon Rick Hou for his election as the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands last year.
“We thank you for accepting our request to meet with you as the Patron of MASI and your staffs.
“We also want to congratulate you for your election as the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands,” Oso said.
She told the Prime Minister that MASI has established its media corporate plan, MASI code of ethics and other policies to manage and improve media performance in the country.
Oso said MASI is slowly enforcing its policies but faces challenges to enforce the law as there is no power given to MASI to administer them.
“To address our challenges MASI is planning to establish a Media Ombudsman to monitor MASI members’ performance.
“We are also pushing for a Media Practitioner’s law that draw a level of professionalism for media practitioners to abide,” she said.
Oso suggests that assistance from the Prime Minister Office to establish the two plans will be paramount.
CEO Lamani explained that MASI now has its own office to manage MASI programmes and operations.
She said the new establishment was made possible with the help of UNDP, European Union and DFAT.
Lamani said MASI has 200 members most of whom are working in the mainstream and also government ministries, SOEs and NGOs.
Hou acknowledged the MASI President, CEO and MASI members for the opportunity to meet MASI executive.