The interim regime has tightened its noose around broadcast media by promulgating the Regulation of National Spectrum Decree(Decree No. 48 of 2009).
The Decree was promulgated by the regime appointed President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on 13th November 2009. It is the brainchild of interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
As the interim minister for Public Enterprises and Communication, Sayed-Khaiyum is not only in charge of the communications sector but also Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Ltd (Radio Fiji).
FBCL is managed by his younger brother, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and this Decree which nullifies the permanent status of all frequencies from 3Hz to 300GHz, is mostly aimed at assisting FBCL to launch its national state run television service on frequencies and infrastructure already installed and used by Fiji Television Company Limited.
Sources say the Decree has now converted all television and radio licenses to temporary status. The Decree gives the Communications minister – in this case Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum - absolute powers to revoke a broadcaster’s licence to use a frequency that it had been allocated.
Any broadcaster who falls victims of this draconian decree is prohibited from challenging the decision in any Court, Tribunal or Arbitration and cannot claim compensation.
We will have a comprehensive analysis of the Spectrum Decree and its intentions later.
Read full decree here - http://www.mediafire.com/?1hytjkyyivz