12 Jun 2012

International journalism group joins in condemning 'threat' to Fiji TV

5:47 pm on 12 June 2012

The International Federation of Journalists has condemned reported threats to Fiji TV by the interim government over the station's coverage of comments by politicians.

The organisation representing 600,000 journalists worldwide says the TV station has been ordered not to report comments of a regime list of people including former prime ministers Laisenia Qarase and Mahendra Chaudhry and union leader Felix Anthony.

It says the regime has put the station on notice that all of the station's content would be monitored and would influence the renewal of its broadcasting licence.

The IFJ says broadcasting licenses should not be tied to political allegiances or promises to self-censor and it has called on Fiji authorities to ensure license renewals are made free from political considerations.

The lifting of Fiji's Public Emergency Regulations saw the official removal of censors from newsrooms at the beginning of the year.

A media decree remains in force.