No word yet on the licensing fate of Fiji TV.
The station's operating licence ends on Saturday but as of this morning it has not yet heard from the regime's Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
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The Ministry of Information tried to deny Coupfourpointfive's story about Fiji TV being warned off about giving air time to political parties but our information has been right all along.
We now understand Fiji TV is making contingency plans to end its service at midnight this Saturday (June the 30th) when its current license expires.
There is huge concern about the plug being pulled: hundreds of people are likely to lose jobs and it will be another massive blow to the livelihoods of many families.
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The state-owned station recently benefited from a $22 million injection of funds.
Worryingly, the new Television Amendment Decree was gazetted last Thursday and has the following clause: "The Television Decree 1992 is also amended with the inclusion that no court, tribunal, commission or any other adjudicating body shall have the jurisdiction to accept, hear, determine or in any other way entertain any challenges by any person or body which question any decision by the Minister, the validity of the process of the issuance of any license and any condition imposed by the Minister in granting a license.”
The clause gives Khaiyum the ability to revoke Fiji TV’s license at any time, allowing him to continue to pressure the company to provide news favourable to the regime.