26 Jun 2012

Fiji regime approves new TV decree

12:59 pm on 26 June 2012

Fiji's interim government has approved a new decree governing television in the country.

In a statement, Cabinet says the decree will ensure all television licensees are obliged to uphold and comply with the Media Code of Ethics and Practice.

It says the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum told cabinet it is necessary to amend the 1992 Television Decree to ensure that all television licensees are obligated to uphold and comply with the Code.

He said that the failure of any licensee to comply with the Code may result in the licence being revoked or varied.

Two weeks ago, the regime reportedly warned Fiji TV that its licence would not be renewed because of coverage given to politicians like the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, and the ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

Fiji TV says it has been given a formal assurance from the interim government that its broadcast licence will be renewed for another 12-year term.