|Not so idle hands of Epeli Nailatikau has signed off yet another decree. pic MINFO.|
In again trying to reinvent the world to suit its purposes, the regime tries to dupe both the nation and the media with a statement that makes big the fact no media will be liable for publishing the comments of the illegal leader Frank Bainimarama or government ministers.
In reality, media teams are being lulled into maintaining the status quo: reporting the view of the regime without analysis or criticism ahead of anyone brave enough to front the elections or make it to Parliament. The discerning will have noted, too, the 'fair play' spin in the headline.
The Decree is consistent with the Parliamentary privilege as was applicable in Fiji and which is applicable in countries throughout the Commonwealth; however, it goes further by protecting media organizations.
The law is intended to facilitate open and frank discussion between Government, the public and other stakeholders in the lead up to Fiji's Parliamentary elections.
The Decree will expire upon the date when a new Parliament is convened which will have its usual privileges for statements made by Parliamentarians.