21 Feb 2013

PINA sympathetic to toughened Fiji media decree

3:46 pm on 21 February 2013

The Pacific Islands News Association says it is normal that the Fiji regime puts in place laws in preparation of what it calls the country's first democratic election.

The administration in Suva has tightened a decree, which now threatens jail terms of up to five years for media referring to defunct political parties.

The PINA President, Moses Stevens, says the Fiji media and the regime need to have an understanding of how to get people ready for the elections.

"PINA cannot change governments, PINA cannot be involved in national issues. PINA will be there just to ensure whatever is going on it must be in an open-minded position. With whatever happens, if there is a will there is a way. And we believe that Fiji will pull through the current situation. 2014 is just around the corner."

The PINA President, Moses Stevens,