10 Mar 2015

Fiji's public broadcaster files media complaint

12:24 pm on 10 March 2015

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation says it has lodged a complaint with the media regulator against a rival, Communications Fiji Limited.

The FBC's chief executive Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum alleges the rival company's outlets broadcast news reports without seeking balance from the FBC.

He says the reports failed to mention that the FBC's losses from 2010 to 2013 were budgeted for, and also missed the fact the company increased revenue by 27 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says he thinks the omissions were deliberate and aimed at damaging FBC.

Meanwhile, a deadline expired last night for the head of the Media Industry Development Authority, Ashwin Raj, to retract and apologise to the Fiji Sun newspaper.

The paper said Mr Raj had no authority or grounds to make what it calls a purported decision against the paper.

Last month, he ruled an article in The Sun about the opposition was antagonistic and yoked in the logic of race and bereft of facts.

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