31 Mar 2010

Fiji regime broadens media decree discussion plans

10:36 am on 31 March 2010

The Fiji interim regime has reversed its stance on two local media organisations by now allowing them to join its discussions about a new media decree.

The interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says it has been decided to drop the ban on the Fiji Times and Fiji TV that had earlier been declared by the interim prime minister.

No reason has been given for the change, but Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says political parties will be excluded from the talks expected to deal with advertising and media ethics.

The consultations are scheduled to be held in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa from the 7th until the 10th of next month.

The interim regime has said once a media decree is in place, it will lift the emergency provisions, including the media censorship.

The censorship has been in place since last April when the regime abrogated the constitution after the appeal court ruled that the post-coup administration was illegal.