As Fiji's illegal government hastens to introduce its media decree, more journalists are suffering under its rule.
Two senior journalists at Fiji TV have been moved to lesser roles under claims they were biased against the Frank Bainimarama government.
It's believed Merana Kitione and Anish Chand were sidelined because of their links to the National Federation Party. Kitione, Fiji TV's Manager News Current Affairs and Sport, is married to former Fiji Times journalist and administrative officer for the National Federation Party, Kamal Iyer.
She is now acting training and development manager.
Another senior journalist, and close colleague, has been moved with her - desk editor and team leader news, Anish Chand, who is now in production. Chand has friends in the National Federation Party.
Kitione's old job has been filled by Tukaha Mua, who used to manage the programmes and distribution section, while Chand's position has been filled by Emily Mohi.
The Permanent Secretary for Information and Fiji Television Limited board member, Colonel Neumi Leweni, told Fiji Communications Limited the Fiji TV management was asked to remove Kitione and Chand from the newsroom.
Leweni was appointed to the board of directors on December 4 in 2009 and sources say the order to demote the two journalists came from high up in the illegal regime.
The junta revealed its controversial media decree last week, saying it's aimed at bringing about fairer reporting and greater responsibility and accountability from media organisations.
But the decree has been widely condemned by international media groups and regional governments, especially the provisions which will force media organisations to be 90 per cent owned by a local. Such a policy will effectively disestablish outfits like the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fiji Times, a regular and strong critic of the illegal government.
Under the media decree, media organisations can also be fined as much as five hundred thousand Fiji dollars and journalists imprisoned for up to five years.
In the past year, several journalists have been taken into custody and detained by the regime.
Editor's Note: Thursday April 15 6am
The Permanent Secretary for Information and Fiji Television board member, Lt Colonel Neumi Leweni, told Fiji Village yesterday the moving of Kitione and Chand was "an internal matter that had been dealt with by the management of Fiji One and the matter rests there.”
But Fiji TV’s lawyer, Tanya Waqanika, told a different story saying Kitione and Chand weren't the only staff that had been moved.
The changes she detailed, though, sounded unconvincing - the changes she revealed to Radio New Zealand sounded very much like Kitione and Chand's replacements.
Ms Waqanika was adamant Kitione was needed for training at its Suva office and other subsidiaries, saying she was one of Fiji TV's chief credited trainers.