#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: llegal regime admits to anomalies in draft media decree

Thursday, April 15, 2010

llegal regime admits to anomalies in draft media decree

The attorney general for the illegal government in Fiji has told local media there is no specific time frame on the implementation of the Media Industry Development decree 2010.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says his government is working on improving some of the anomalies in the draft, which emerged during consultations last week.

He said they are currently in the process of transcribing the discussions that took place and that participants will be given copies.

“There have been some useful suggestions that are being considered and we may need to go back to people who made those comments for clarification,” he said.

He says one of the anomalies is that the decree does not cater for ownership in more than one medium.

“For example, if I own a newspaper company or radio station, does my service also on the internet count as having ownership in another medium because as you know having cross ownership in media does not allow you to have ownership in more than one medium.”

He said this needs to be taken into consideration as a number of media organization have their usual publication method along with the same information being put up on the internet.

Asked about the future of Fiji Times Limited and the issue of the 10 per cent foreign ownership, he said it was a case of selling shares.

"It's not for me to speculate on what will happen or tell the future. That is the way to go and that is what we will focus on," he said.

Asked whether media companies could make further suggestions, he said people were free to contact his office with written or oral submissions.-Sources Fiji Live and Fiji Times

4 comments:

  1. "Its for for me to speculate on what will happen or tell the future".

    If ever confirmation was needed that this fool doesn't know what he's doing or where he's going - this is it.

    Sooner this man departs for Dubai
    - better things will be.

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  2. so it is based on the marvellous african success story Zimbabawe and the 'business indigensiation' that is proposed to take place there. Where local business run by foreigners are forced to give a stake to 'suitable locals'.

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  3. Who Let The Dogs Out?April 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    The team of legal expertise that Murdoch keeps for just such occasions has found their way around some of the finest legal minds in the States, the UK and Australia in order to get the boss what he wants. They’ve probably already figured out that Murdoch’s shares only need to be sold to the family trust or other figurehead entities to enable him to maintain complete control of the FT.

    So, despite our AG’s boundless confidence in his legal ability and that of his team of poodles, I somehow imagine that if just one of Murdoch’s attack dog lawyers were to be let loose on our esteemed AG, it would ensure that the man’s feet ended up in his mouth and backside at the same time.

    I do so wish I was adept with a pencil – the cartoon image of that would be wonderful

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  4. Anon @ 11:04am

    I agree - this may the next step in an attempt to "buy off" the people by "redistributing" property without any legal justification - because the military doesn't need one and they effectively control the court systems at this stage.

    It is no wonder that there are no major investors in Fiji anymore.

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