Pacific Freedom Forum has warned that Fiji’s Online Safety Act is designed to muzzle, not protect citizens.
The Fiji Times, its three executives, and an opinion columnist have been cleared by a High Court judge of the sedition charges filed by Fiji’s government.
Threats, verbal abuse, and arrest of media workers in the Pacific are on the rise.
Pending charges that may be upgraded to sedition stem from an opinion piece in an indigenous language newspaper, “Nai Lalakai”, criticising the role of Muslims in the Fiji government.
The lifting of a media ban on three foreign journalists is welcome, says PFF, but Fiji’s plans for accreditation raise new concerns.
Indonesia’s influence in Fiji and the Solomon Islands may be behind a worrying crackdown in those islands.
This statement was originally published on PFF’s Facebook page on 13 March 2016. Free media need support from all political parties, not just the government of the day, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “We welcome moves by the new government of Vanuatu to rebuild the public broadcaster,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi, commenting on […]
Sitiveni Moce, a photojournalist with the “Fiji Times” and “Fiji Sun” died from injuries sustained in the line of work as he covered the semi-civilian coup in Suva in 2000 and then again during the December 2006 coup.
Publishers, editors and media companies should be added to law amendments lifting criminal fines from journalists. “We welcome the law amendment removing fines from journalists as a sign that Fiji is finally turning back towards a free media environment,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi.
IFEX members express concerns about the political environment in Fiji as the country holds its first election after nearly eight years of military rule.
PFF has noted with concern circumstances around the dismissal of broadcast news veteran Anish Chand from Fiji TV, and the confirmed resignation of Suva-based coordinator Ricardo Morris.
The assurance of free elections in Fiji and a return to democracy ring hollow when basic rights, such as free speech and assembly, are still being restricted.
Fiji’s media authority announced on 8 October that it was looking at extending registration requirements to foreign media trainers and organisations that conducted media training in Fiji, on issues including media freedom, democracy, human rights and elections.
The government of Fiji should amend certain articles in a draft constitution that is scheduled to be promulgated on 6 September 2013; significant restrictions in articles 17, 18, and 19 would allow the government to interfere with key rights of freedom of expression, assembly, and association.