7 Mar 2013

Fiji Times directors due in court over alleged media decree breach

3:24 pm on 7 March 2013

Six directors of the Fiji Times have been summoned to appear in court on the 22nd of this month after being charged with breaching the government's media decree.

The Director of the Public Prosecutions Office, Christopher Pryde, laid charges against the newspaper and its six directors.

According to the charges, the directors failed to ensure that they were permanently residing in Fiji.

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.

A spokesman for the Fiji Times Limited board says they are in no position to comment.