#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Tomas delays Media Decree talks

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tomas delays Media Decree talks

Fiji's interim Permanent Secretary for Information and government spokesperson, Lt Col Neumi Leweni, has confirmed that a public consultation on the media decree that was supposed to start on Wednesday has been postponed because of Cyclone Tomas.

Leweni was unable to say when the discussions would be back on the table or how many days would be allocated to it.

The consultations were supposed to be held in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.

The Media Decree, as with all of the other Decrees, are controversial with critics describing it as probably  the final nail in the coffin to permanently bury media freedom and free speech.

The interim government maintains the aim of the Media Decree is to improve the industry but there has been particular concern about its intentions and decision to exclude the Fiji Times and Fiji Television from the public consulations.

Booth media agencies have been accused of being partisan but many would agree that all media outlets in Fiji have been forced to be partisan since the implementation of censorship last year.

The media cannot, and are not allowed, to report statements from pro-democracy activists, negative stories like the declining economy and sugar industry or job losses, or even do critical analysis of issues either through radio talkback shows, Close-Up (Fiji TV) or newspaper editorials.

News teams are allowed only to report statements from the regime or stories that have little news value or ones that take up significant space and time on news bulletins.

The fact that the media has been forced to become partisan to the regime, is forcing organisations to fill their news pages or bulletins.


Anonymous said...

what's military doing to help people?

Anonymous said...

Tomas should kill talks not delay it ....

Anonymous said...

Don't understand why Viti's self proclaimed saviours don't go to Suva point & order Tomas away?