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