Labour will review MIDA

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry applaudes party supporters during the launch of the party's manifesto at the Wesley Church hall in Suva on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

To restore democracy there will be a review of the Media Industry Development Act to remove the harsh penalties and restrictions on media freedom.

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said restoring democracy was a policy in their manifesto.

“The Constitution will have to be reviewed under a Labour government as it conflicts with international conventions on human and political rights and our guiding principles,” the former prime minister said.

“We have to restore freedom of expression, association and assembly and full capacity of the unions to fight for workers’ rights

“We have to review the Media Industry Development Decree to remove the harsh penalties and restrictions on media freedom He said they would return autonomy and authority to independent commissions and state institutions .

“We must decentralise governance by allowing municipal and provincial council elections.

“We don’t want all the decision making to go through one person.

“There must be separation of powers.”

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