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Plea to politicians

Nasik Swami
Saturday, June 28, 2014

THE Electoral Decree is a very nuanced decree that talks about the conduct of the media and its responsibilities.

Media Industry Development Authority chair Ashwin Raj said the decree had no possibilities of derailing a free and fair election as claimed by some politicians.

The vocal academic appealed to politicians to show him how the decree would derail free and fair elections.

"No matter what the politicians say about the decree and that it would derail the possibilities of a free and fair election — the point in that the decree is a very nuance decree and talks about the conduct of the media, talks about responsibility and so in no way have they come to show us the correlation between these things and exactly how it's going to derail free and fair elections," Mr Raj said.

He appealed to politicians to stop causing so much angst and make reason-based interventions.

Mr Raj highlighted the processes MIDA had put in place were transparent.

"I am protective to the media industry too and I have to be.

"I just want to ensure that when the media goes out to report on the elections, they fully know what their rights are and what some of the provisions are in the law that prohibit them from doing certain things."

He said the only interest of MIDA as a development authority was to ensure that the media was able to do its best in ensuring that the country went through a free, fair and a transparent one-day election.

"I am very interested in fostering cohesion and harmony and we work in the spirit of solidarity because everybody is committed to a single goal, which is to ensure that Fiji has a very successful one-day election."





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