6 Jan 2014

Head of media watchdog says Fiji media fair and balanced

7:08 pm on 6 January 2014

The head of Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority says he's comfortable that media outlets in the country are producing impartial, balanced and fair reports.

MIDA was established with the promulgation of the Media Decree in 2010 with the aim of improving the media's objectivity and discipline.

The United Democratic Front for a Democratic Fiji says local media are not complying with the provisions of the decree and often run statements from the regime, without seeking the opposition view point.

It says MIDA should act but the organisation's director Matai Akauola says there has been no reason to.

"So far so good, things are going according to what we felt should be the case in Fiji so in the last three years since the Media Decree we haven't taken anyone to task so that speaks for itself."

Matai Akauola.

The United Democratic Front for a Democratic Fiji has invited members of the government to national debates on TV and radio.