#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Media decree approved with few changes, despite submissions

Monday, June 28, 2010

Media decree approved with few changes, despite submissions

The news Fiji media decree has been approved and as expected the Fiji Times has been given three months to comply.

The Media Industry Development Decree, which came into effect today, with the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, announcing it was law at a press conference this afternoon.

The Fiji Times quotes Sayed-Khaiyum as saying: "Under the Decree, all the directors and at least 90 per cent of beneficial shareholders of any media organisation must be Fijian citizens permanently residing in Fiji.

"The residency requirement has been relaxed, and permanently residing now means any person residing in Fiji for three out of the seven years prior to registration and thereafter residing in Fiji for at least six out of 12 months of a year.

"All media organisations have three months from today, to ensure that their directors and 90 per cent of the beneficial shareholders of the media organisation are Fiji citizens permanently residing in Fiji.

"I wish to make it clear that any media organisation which fails to comply with this requirement shall cease to operate as a media organisation, and shall also be liable for an offence under the Decree. At this stage, Fiji Times is the media organisation that needs to comply with the ownership requirements."

Media censorship will continue for the next three months as the Public Emergency Regulation.-Fiji Times.

Editors' Note: Many submissions were made but the decree is largely unchanged from the original product released for discussion.

Read it here

Picture: Fiji Times Editor Netani Rika.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Netani deserves it. He was hell-bent on promoting begaitve and biased stories and opinions after FLP won elections in 1999