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Free and fair media

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NO democracy is complete without a free media, says the People's Democratic Party.

"We cannot have free and fair elections without a free media where the people can debate issues and get to know the truth about all issues that affect their daily lives," said PDP leader Felix Anthony.

"Then only will people be able to make informed decisions on who to vote for."

Mr Anthony said despite there being no more censorship, the Media Decree had encouraged self-censorship and instilled fear in the media fraternity.

"Currently, the media is crowded with reports on the government only, no matter how insignificant.

"This is unfair and must change."

He claimed TV stations were "forced to air government propaganda" including everything the Prime Minister "opened almost on a daily basis".

"We need a level playing field for all political parties. This is not the case presently. Such a situation is untenable and brings into question media laws imposed."

Mr Anthony said the PDP would review all media laws including government ownership of FBC TV and radio and Fiji TV which he said government indirectly controlled.

"The PDP recognises the important role of the media and is committed to free speech and a free media."


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