The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes
reports that Fiji’s interim government has said it will permit the Fiji Times and Fiji Television to participate in consultations on a government-devised
Media Decree, after initially barring the two media outlets from the process.
announced by interim
Sayed-Khaiyum during a press conference on March 30, follows the administration extending its emergency regulations by one
month to the end of April.
of Commodore Frank Bainimarama is reported to have said it will lift the
regulations once the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 is finalised.
regulations, enforced almost a year ago on April 10, 2009 as a “temporary”
measure, have imposed sweeping censorship in Fiji, with official censors and
police placed in newsrooms.
The Fiji Times and Fiji Television, among other organisations, said they would appreciate seeing copies of
the draft decree in order to inform their response.
remains concerned about the administration’s intentions regarding the role of
the Media Decree in relation to independent media, in view of statements that
the government would only repeal the emergency regulations after the Media
Decree is finalised,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan
therefore strongly encourages the administration to ensure all relevant
stakeholders are able to participate in consultation on the decree, without
fear or favour, and that the environment for discussion allows for the airing
of open and constructive feedback, whether positive or negative.
reasonable amount of time must be permitted for this important community
statement on March 16, the IFJ called on the interim government to ensure all stakeholders
are given the opportunity and adequate time to provide input on the decree. The public consultation had been scheduled
to begin that day but was postponed as Fiji contended with a
Latest reports are that interested parties must register to
participate in the consultations on the decree by April 6, with the
consultations to be held in different locations on April 7, 8 and 10.
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