The media council will be an independent body promoting self-regulation and upholding high standards in the media industry
In a historic vote, the Parliament of Fiji repealed the controversial Media Industry Development Authority Act, which has been used to restrict the work of journalists since 2010.
The Pacific Islands News Association said that the new government of Fiji has pledged to restore media freedom as part of its affirmative action during its first 100 days in office.
A new report published by the “Pacific Journalism Review” highlights threats against media freedom in the Melanesia region, particularly in Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and West Papua.
Journalists were barred from entering the main campus of the University of the South Pacific where protests have been organized against alleged financial irregularities.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) criticized the op-ed by the Fiji Military Forces chief of staff who argued that freedom of speech and freedom of the press can be stifled in times of national emergencies.
Pacific Freedom Forum has warned that Fiji’s Online Safety Act is designed to muzzle, not protect citizens.
The Fiji Times, its three executives, and an opinion columnist have been cleared by a High Court judge of the sedition charges filed by Fiji’s government.
Threats, verbal abuse, and arrest of media workers in the Pacific are on the rise.
Pending charges that may be upgraded to sedition stem from an opinion piece in an indigenous language newspaper, “Nai Lalakai”, criticising the role of Muslims in the Fiji government.
The lifting of a media ban on three foreign journalists is welcome, says PFF, but Fiji’s plans for accreditation raise new concerns.
Indonesia’s influence in Fiji and the Solomon Islands may be behind a worrying crackdown in those islands.
This statement was originally published on PFF’s Facebook page on 13 March 2016. Free media need support from all political parties, not just the government of the day, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “We welcome moves by the new government of Vanuatu to rebuild the public broadcaster,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi, commenting on […]
Sitiveni Moce, a photojournalist with the “Fiji Times” and “Fiji Sun” died from injuries sustained in the line of work as he covered the semi-civilian coup in Suva in 2000 and then again during the December 2006 coup.