#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Junta believed to be discussing media decree today

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Junta believed to be discussing media decree today

The junta's interim cabinet is supposed to be going through the media decree today.

Coupfourpointfive understands the regime is wading through the feedback but it'll be at least a fortnight before it signs it off.

It was originally suggested stakeholders get three months to make submissions and have their say.

But the illegal goverment will probably try to bundle the controversial document through, as quickly as possibe because of its contentious nature and the growing calls for it to be dropped.

Regional governments, media stakeholders and interest groups have all criticised the proposed decree as draconian and punitive but the regime shows no sign of backing off.

Few people doubt the decree will become law but many have been hopeful there'll be some compromise by the illegal government. 

Just two out of three public consultations were held in the end with the third cancelled.

Still, there's been no shortage of coverage. Dozens of stories have been written about the decree and they keep coming, such is the concern.