THERE is a need for the Media Industry and Development Decree 2010 to be in place even though Fiji's new Constitution has become the supreme law of the land.
"I think for now given the fact that the Constitution is the supreme legal document and even though the Constitution will supersede all other documents, the decree is a very legally nuance document pertaining to the governance of (the) media industry and in that sense it is important," new Media Industry Development Authority of Fiji chairman Ashwin Raj said in an interview yesterday.
Mr Raj said the decree provided a framework to work with.
When asked whether the authority would consider a review of the decree, Mr Raj said they would for sure raise concerns of the media to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
"That is something that I cannot make any statements at the moment about, given the fact that I need to consult the minister responsible and the Attorney-General.
"What we will do for sure is raise the concerns of the media industry and bring it to their attention. We are not empowered to change any laws, we work within a framework and that is what we will try and do."
Mr Raj said the easing of massive fines following breaches of sections of the decree on media industries would depend on the minister responsible.