The attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum yesterday told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that media industry stakeholders will have enough time to look through the Media Decree before they make their submissions.
He said stakeholders will be given the draft media decree at least two and a half hours before they are to make their submissions.
FBC quotes him as saying: “We believe so. In fact what’s actually being put into the draft decree is the many various codes the media need to adhere to or have been adhering to that were in existence, for example through the media council. These are actually now being put as proposed law.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says there won't be any surprises in the media decree, as much of it has already been revealed.
“The bulk of the decree has been set out in the advertisement. The Code of Conduct and also for example when you advertise sexual offences whose names you put out, whose names you don’t. How do you portray people who have been charged?"
"There’s various areas that cover that, its actually quite clear cut. So everybody knows what it is. As the advertisement also says, it has to do with cross media ownership, as you know there was a policy previously, now its being put into law," he said.
"Media Ownership is also addressed in the decree which we looked at jurisdictions like the USA, we have also looked at countries like Singapore where they have a media development authority, which the decree also establishes.”
The Media Decree has been brought in to provide laws that the media should abide by.-Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.