Thursday, April 08, 2010

No Fiji Times Comment yet

Fiji Times - Thursday, April 08, 2010

THE Fiji Times Limited will not immediately comment on the contents of the draft Media Industry Development Decree.
Managing director Anne Fussell said: "It would be premature to make any comment on what action Fiji Times Ltd will be taking in response to the proposals in the draft Media Industry Development Decree particularly as we have been informed that all the points raised at the meeting by the various people and organisations who attended will now be taken into consideration.
"The document raised some critical commercial issues for us that need very careful consideration. Today (yesterday), at the discussions, we made representation on some of those issues and offered alternatives. We hope those proposed changes will be adopted," she said. "Our company has had a very long association with Fiji and we remain 100 per cent behind the country and its people."

It will ‘be lifted'

by Reijeli Kikau
Fiji Times - Thursday, April 08, 2010
CENSORSHIP of the media will be lifted once the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 is in place. This is what Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who heads the Justice and Communication ministries, said at the close of consultation into the draft decree yesterday.
The consultation was conducted behind closed doors and included representatives from print, radio and television companies.
Also registered for the consultations were people from ECREA, the Citizens Constitutional Forum, femLINK Pacific, Fiji Media Watch, South Pacific Commission and interested individuals and other bodies.
The participants began arriving at the Holiday Inn hotel in Suva at 8am, where they received copies of the draft. The meeting proper started at 10.39am.
Media personnel were told to be at the hotel between 8am to 10.30am to take pictures and conduct interviews before the meeting began.
ECREA director Joseph Camillo said more time was needed for consultation.
He said they also raised comments over the need for amendments to what was included in the draft decree.
FemLINK Pacific executive director Sharon Bhagwan said it was a relief to know that censorship of the media would be lifted once the decree was in place.

CCF for transparency

Fiji Times - Thursday, April 08, 2010
THERE is a need for transparency and independence of the Media Authority under the Media Industry Development Decree 2010.
Citizens Constitutional Forum Executive Director Reverend Akuila Yabaki said there was a need for the people to deliberate on the issue sent to the authority and not " done alone by the authority".
"This is just the case of transparency and independence on the role that should be played by the person who has been appointed to the post," he said. He said discussions also focused on the right of an appeal and not the tribunal making its decision on what action to be taken on complaints being made.

NGO wants more time

Fiji Times - Thursday, April 08, 2010
MORE time should have been given on the consultation of the Media Industry Development Decree 2010, says Ecumenical Centre for Research Education and Advocacy director Joseph Camillo.
Commenting after the one-day consultation at Holiday Inn yesterday, he said Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum who holds the justice portfolio " had set the platform" in the morning for oral and written to be submitted by the end of the day.
He said the consultation was very open but there were a few issues raised by the participants on the content of the decree that was discussed at length. Mr Camillo said they believed there was a need to amend and a "redress mechanism" in place for the decision of the media authority's director and the tribunal having the last say on complaints against journalists and media organisations.

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