THOSE who intend to provide media services in Fiji must be registered.
That is the word from the newly-appointed chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority of Fiji (MIDA), Ashwin Raj.
And given that, the USP academic and political scientist said foreign agencies and the international community could not conduct trainings or workshops on important matters such as media freedom, democracy, human rights and elections without seeking prior approval and fully consulting the authority.
"Given this requirement, I don't think that foreign agencies and the international community can go ahead and conduct training and workshops on important matters," he said.
Mr Raj, in his first official press conference in Suva yesterday, said the authority was working towards formalising this arrangement.
"Taking cognisance of the enormous power differentials within the industry, the authority is also in the process of formulating a Code of Ethics including the ethics of engagement for media owners, publishers and journalists."
He said MIDA would also place its details in print media, radio, and television so members of the public were fully aware of their right to complain and make recommendations.