Parliament press gallery launch

Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Chinese ambassador Qian Bo exchange gifts at the launch. Picture: SUPPLIED

PARLIAMENT proceedings will now be covered from the comfort of a press gallery within the chamber accessible for the media to use.

The parliament press gallery, which was launched last week, was a project funded by the Chinese government.

The gallery was one of the wishes of the late Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni.

During the launch of the gallery, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the initiative acknowledged the unique relationship the Parliament and the media shared.

“The launching of the media gallery today is not an isolated development but part of Parliament’s broader initiative under its 2018-2022 strategic plan to increase citizen awareness and engagement of Parliament and its parliamentary processes,” Ratu Epeli said.

“In 2017, after a lapse of several years, Parliament continued with the recording and broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings keeping up with the global trend of opening up Parliament sessions to the media which is the norm particularly in most Commonwealth countries.

“There is also work in progress to record and broadcast committee meetings to the media as this is where much of the parliamentary work is done.”

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