6 Mar 2013

Fiji Times charged with violating media decree

5:35 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.

The Editor in Chief of the Fiji Times, Fred Wesley, says the newspaper will be holding a meeting tonight to discuss its response to the charges.

"We have just learnt that there are charges against the company, something to do with our directors and this is something that will be discussed later today."

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.

It is unclear how the Fiji Times has broken this rule.