24 Apr 2014

Fiji media watchdog says he'll act if complaints received

7:29 pm on 24 April 2014

The chairman of Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority says he will act on concerns that the Fiji Sun is flouting a government decree as soon as he receives an official complaint.

Ashwin Raj has defended his decision to censure Fiji TV for broadcasting so-called hate speech.

Earlier this month MIDA ruled Fiji TV had breached the Constitution and the Media Decree for airing certain comments by a provincial chief during a visit by the regime leader.

Opposition politicians have complained that the Fiji Sun has run a number of articles which report on the election campaigning of Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, despite him not yet having a registered party.

Mr Raj says he would treat any complaint seriously.

"And it's something I'm looking forward to the official complaint so that I can act on it and I most definitely will. Here's a critical issue raised by a politician and I'm going to look into it as soon as I receive an official complaint."

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority Ashwin Raj.