THE Fiji Labour Party plans to reverse media restrictions if it wins the next elections and comes into power.
However, the party says some form of media accountability and responsibility is necessary, adding it always advocated for a Media Tribunal to ensure this.
In its mini-manifesto in preparation for the 2014 elections, the FLP says licensing restrictions will be removed and local/expatriate ownership laws will be reviewed in the best interests of the country.
The party says it will review the Media Industry Development Decree to remove what it believes are harsh penalties and any restrictions on media freedom.
It says it will "retain the progressive bits such as the benefits of training, monitoring and other things considering the fact that seven years of censorship has had a debilitating impact on standards of reporting and media ethics".
Also, the mini-manifesto says the FLP will establish a National Youth Volunteer Service Scheme to give unemployed youths jobs as volunteer workers while undergoing training.
The party says such training will enhance unemployed youths' chances of securing regular paid employment or engaging in self-employed ventures.
On housing, the FLP says it will see that the state subsidises low income houses to bring them within the reach of the low income earner.
The party believes education is the right of every child and needy students should not be denied this basic right as a result of financial constraints.