The Fiji Sun says rumours the Fiji Media Industry Development Decree will not go ahead have been rubbished by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The rumours have been linked to some staff of the Australian-owned Fiji Times, which is the news organisation most likely to be affected.
This is because of restrictions on foreign ownership and control of Fiji media outlined in the original draft of the decree.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the consultation process has been completed, amendments are being made and the final decree is being readied for promulgation.
“It will be ready as soon as possible,” he said.
There will be some amendments following the consultations and submissions, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed.
When asked what these might be, he said he could not elaborate at this stage.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed the consultation process had now been completed and as soon as they completed the amendments the decree would be promulgated.
Two areas that are widely expected to be amended are lessening of the penalties on individual journalists and a more inclusive membership of the authority set up under the decree.
There were numerous submissions on these issues during the consultations.-Fiji Sun