#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Decree talks off to a bad start

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Decree talks off to a bad start

Fiji's interim government has taken a stab at the Fiji Times newspaper a day out from the public consultations for the new media decree.

The self-appointed government wants an from the newspaper following a recent comment by its Managing Director Anne Fussell regarding the new Media Development Decree.

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation says Fussell had said the Decree could impact on potential investment and on revenue streams which flow on to the Fiji community through income tax and VAT.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the comment could be seen as a threat by the Fiji Times.

“What we would like to ask Anne Fussell to tell the people of Fiji is what does she precisely mean when she says that the Decree will have impact on the investment and revenue streams that is flowing to Fiji. And indeed, she talks about tax and VAT. How is that going to affect the people of Fiji with this media Decree.”

Taking a swipe at the newspaper company the AG says the Fiji Times has had a negative mindset about Fiji.

"Firstly, the Fiji Times is the purveyor of negativity as far as Fiji has been concerned at least for the past three years. This is the media organization that does not recognize the government, does not call the Prime Minister - the Prime Minister - that does not recognize various other members of the government, yet they are concerned about the economy and trying to link the economy with the decree."

The public will be given the Decree at 8am tomorrow with consultation expected to begin at 10.30am.

Fussell has expressed concern that the public should have been given more time to study the Decree however Sayed-Khaiyum says the one day consultation will be adequate.-FBC

Picture: Anne Fussell (top right) in the Fiji Times newsroom with lawyer Richard Naidu and police spokeswoman, Ema Mua.  Bottom right: Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.