26 May 2003

Fiji government may dump proposed media bill

6:42 am on 26 May 2003

Fiji's information minister, Simione Kaitani, says the proposed media bill may be shelved because of the poor public response during the consultation process.

The proposed Bill gives the Minister for Information substantial powers over the media.

The Fiji Times quotes Mr Kaitani as saying there is a possibility that there may be no bill at all.

He says only 20 submissions have been made by the public during hearings but people seem to believe the government is trying to take control of the media.

But Mr Kaitani says there are some people who are anti the media who would like to see the bill passed.