21 Jun 2006

Fiji MP lashes out at local media

6:34 pm on 21 June 2006

A Fiji government MP has attacked ownership of the country's media and called on the state to exercise control over it.

Mitieli Bulanauca was speaking in parliament during debate on a motion to sell the state's 14 percent shares in Fiji Television Limited.

Radio Fiji quotes Mr Bulanauca as saying that the media was responsible for the strained relations between the government and the military.

He said the media had convinced the military commander into believing that what he was saying was would be good for him when it was bad.

Mr Bulanauca called for restrictions on foreign ownership of the media.

He said people working in foreign-owned media organisations had too many foreign ideas and doctrines.

He claimed they looked down on local ideas, interests, cultures and values.