20 Jun 2003

Fiji government considers increased shareholding in Daily Post newspaper

9:14 am on 20 June 2003

The Fiji government is considering increasing its shareholding in the Daily Post newspaper, up from the 44 per cent it already owns.

The information minister, Simione Kaitani, says this is in line with the government's policy of promoting the participation of indigenous Fijians in the media.

He says the planned acquisition is an extension of the government's affirmative action programme.

Mr Kaitani says they already have majority shares in Fiji Television Limited and now they are venturing into the print media.

He confirmed that a cabinet meeting this week had discussed options regarding the acquisition of the Daily Post.

Mr Kaitani says the government would like to see the media minimise sensationalised slants and focus more on positive aspects of development and nation building.

Meanwhile, the minister for public enterprises, Irami Matairavula, says the management of the Daily Post would change once the ownership change takes place.

A newspaper report earlier this week said the prime minister's cousin, Mesake Koroi, is tipped to bcome the next editor of the Post.