28 Jun 2012

Fiji Labour Party criticises TV decree

5:14 pm on 28 June 2012

The Fiji Labour Party says the promulgation of the Television Amendment Decree is yet another attempt by the regime to gag the media and restrict freedom of expression.

The decree empowers the Minister to revoke or vary a television license if the licensee is found to have breached the Media Code of Ethics under the Media Industry Development Decree.

The Labour Party says it finds it abhorrent that none of the decrees can be challenged.

The comment comes as the Fiji TV licence is to expire this weekend, with no statement from the authorities to date saying it will be renewed.

Earlier this month, Fiji TV was reportedly warned that its licence was at risk for giving coverage to two former prime ministers.