Friday, December 11, 2009

Media Law Sparks Interest

Sai's Comments:

  • In normal times, one would expect consultation on the development of this piece of law. But sad to say this will not be the case as the illegal regime will seek to use this as another instrument to silence opposition to its illegal rule.
  • If only the regime would realise the value of having an informed media as an instrument to educate and inform the public about the affairs of the State. But when you have reasons to hide away your secrets, coupled with the inability to defend the logic or legality of its position, you are bound to not want alternative views or ideas, even if they are of merit.
  • This is is the legacy of a regime that gets to power illegally and therefore will do its utmost to ignore any input from others except its own supporters and sympathizers. - Friday, December 11, 2009

PROPOSED new media laws soon to be implemented in 2010 has sparked a lot of interest within the industry and the public.

State officials are in the process of piecing together the decree -- which is expected to effectively control media reporting in Fiji.

Former Fiji Media Council chairman Daryl Tarte was not aware of the decree that was to come into effect next year.

"This is the first time I've heard about it. I don't know anything about it," he said.

Mr Tarte stepped down from the role this year, citing personal reasons.

Fiji Media Council public member Agatha Ferei said the decree was something to look forward to.

"I'm interested to know what the decree is about," she said.

"I'm interested in the contents of the decree and how this can help the general public."

Fiji Media Watch president Asilika Uluilakeba said the media laws were of interest.

"It is necessary for both sides -- the public and the media," she said.

"We are looking forward to seeing the contents of the legislation."

Ministry of Information permanent secretary Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni did not wish to elaborate on the media law when contacted yesterday by the Fiji Times.

He had earlier confirmed the legislation was being put together by senior officials.

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