6 Mar 2013

Charges laid against Fiji Times for violating media decree

3:40 pm on 6 March 2013

Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has laid charges against the Fiji Times and its directors for breaching the government's media decree.

It is alleged that the Fiji Times breached the decree by failing to ensure that all of its directors were Fiji citizens permanently residing in Fiji.

Fiji Village names six directors.

Under the decree, a person needs to have resided in Fiji for three out of the past seven years before the registration of a media company.

After the registration, a director must spend at least half a year in Fiji.

The matter will be called on March the 22nd.