#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Cross Media Ownership and Cross Cabinet Positions: Spot the Hypocrites

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cross Media Ownership and Cross Cabinet Positions: Spot the Hypocrites

Under the illegal and obnoxious Media Decree, Cross Media Ownership is where a person of a certain medium is limited in the amount of shares they can hold in other mediums or of the same medium.

Section 39 sub-section 4 of the decree states that no person may act as a director in more than one media organisation and they have been given 12 months to comply with the cross ownership requirements in the Media Decree.

And yet see below the cross-Cabinet positions the coupists are holding since the 2006 coup:

Frank Bainimarama:
Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service; People's Charter for Change; Minister for Information and Archives; Minister for Finance and National Planning and Sugar; Minister for Provincial Development, Indigenous and Multi-Ethnic Affairs. The dictator is also the Commander of the RFMF.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum:
Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Electoral Reform, Public Enterprises and Anti-Corruption, Industry, Tourism, Trade and Communication.

Filipe Bole

Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Youth and Sports, Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.

Epeli Ganilau
Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, and occasionally the un-elected acting Prime Minister

Inoke Kubuabola
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation and International Cooperation

Colonel Samuela Saumatua:

Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment

Ms Sharon Smith-Johns:
In defending the media degree, the regime’s media propagandist pointed out similar legislations etc abroad. The difference is most legislations have come from governments who were given the democratic mandate to act and not through the barrel of the gun.

In any case, while Sharon-Smith Johns was busy defending the section on cross-media ownership in the decree, she herself was running around to other assignments, in her capacity as Acting Permanent Secretary for Information, National Archives and Library Services of Fiji.

What difference is there in her holding the various portfolios, which is closely related, and by those who equally have vested interests in cross-businesses?

Take the case of Mai Life Magazine, whose owners are now contemplating the future of their investment as the restrictions on cross media ownership in the new Media Industry Development Decree will have serious implications on the monthly magazine.

Richard Broadbridge said they have to study the decree before deciding their next step. However he said it would be a shame if Mai Life magazine is forced to close down. The Magazine is owned and operated by Richard Boardbridge and his wife Judith Ragg as Broadbridge is also the founder and the director of MaiTv.

Section 39 sub section 4 of the media decree states that no person may act as a director in more than one media organisation and they have been given 12 months to comply with the cross ownership requirements in the Media Decree.

We say to the Broadbriges; do not feel shameful, for it is those in the regime, especially Khaiyum and his un-elected Solicitor-General Christopher Pryde who should be shameful, and who should be fined and jailed for introducing the treasonous decree.

The difference between those having cross-ownerships is that they rightly deserve it whereas those holding cross-Cabinet positions have forcibly imposed themselves on the people of Fiji through the barrel of the gun.


Discombobulated Bubu said...

Obviously it is a case of open mouth first followed by foot in mouth with this regime .




Anonymous said...

Immediate problem is non of them are any good at any of them.

Navosavakadua said...

The claim that other countries have laws like the media decree overlooks one important difference. The laws in other countries have been passed by legislatures. They're not decrees issued by a military junta which has trashed a constitution, ruled out elections for five years and fired the independent judiciary.

And one more thing - the decree is retrospective. It catches companies that have invested in good faith under the laws applicable at the time of their investment.

I can understand that Frank Bainimarama doesn't appreciate this. It's obvious from every interview he's ever given that words like 'retrospective' are not in his C Grade Fiji Junior lexicon.

Radiolucas said...

What this shows to the rest of the world, and more importantly, investors for Fiji is that the military dictatorship is a capricious and self-serving government, only too happy to make up laws as they go along and break them as they please.

Good governance, democratic ideals and intelligence is not their strong point. I am not sure what is their strong point.

Anonymous said...

They don't need brains or strong points only willing bodies to make an image to the beast systematically doing what it takes to make it happen. THEY, is the superpower enforcing legislations around the world for the one world order. The one that came up like the lamb but spoke like the dragon. The beast that speaks like the first beast so that all the world will wander after the beast. And the poor junta think they are actually doing Fiji a favour.

Anonymous said...

From now on when I see Bainimarama bumboy,Sitiveni Ratu Rala on the streets in Sydney,I will punch his lights out...bastard!!!

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