News Limited may be forced out of Fiji by ban on foreign ownership

NEWSPAPER publisher News Limited could be forced to withdraw from Fiji after the military-led regime issued a draft decree effectively banning foreign ownership of media companies.

News Limited’s Fiji Times, which employs more than 170 people and a further 1000 indirectly, is facing closure under new rules that require media companies to be at least 90 per cent owned by Fiji citizens.

Already there is a ban in Fiji on “negative reporting”, media companies operate under strict military censorship, journalists have been interrogated and the Fiji Times has had two of its managing directors deported under the military rule imposed after Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power in a December 2006 coup.

In a statement yesterday, News Limited chief executive John Hartigan said News, also publisher of The Australian, was “very concerned” about the media decree “to retrospectively limit foreign ownership of media to 10 per cent . . . We have made representation to the Fijian authority to find a way to resolve the issues and are awaiting the outcome of those representations.”

Mr Hartigan warned that the decree “raised some important commercial issues for the Fiji Times that need very careful consideration”.

Fiji’s Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said the decree would establish a media code of standards in ethics and practice while emphasising “fair, accurate and responsible reporting”.

The decree would also establish a media industry development authority to monitor compliance with the code.

Geoff Elliott From: The Australian April 08, 2010

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SOLIVAKASAMA SAYS:

Nothing new about the thin skinned illegal regime puppets, so quick to take offense at the slightest hint of an intelligent opinion.

One has to be tough, dude, to survive in any political arena and criticism is a by product of politics.

Try telling that to the illegal regime puppets and one is blamed for all their ills and banished.

A point that the illegal regime puppets need to adhere to is that they must first learn not to leave skid marks on their supotas before embarking on the herculean task of governing. Achar!

Our own very Fiji version of reporting will still be in place, from the no leqa coconut wireless to whiz bang wireless broadband.

Nice na soqo.

10 Responses to “News Limited may be forced out of Fiji by ban on foreign ownership”

  1. Koya na Man Says Says:

    How about if Aiarse take some more time to come up with a SEX Decree, clearly indicatiing the day and time, for we the people of fiji to screw our partners.

    Or try to decree the colour of the females and males underwear we wear on a daily basis.

    Looks like theres nothing better to do than coming up with these kind of shits.

  2. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Make my day and impose the same 90 / 10 per cent ownership to the Banks and all overseas businesses. Why not> What’s good for the goose is most certainly good for the gender.

    I like nothing more than to see those companies fold pack and leave .. fastest way to see Fiji on bended knees AND the breaking of the camel’s back – people will rise up from all corners and reclaim their country.

    News Limited should expand Samoa branch – transfer Rika and others
    PINA relocate to Samoa

    Slowly but surely build up Samoa for sooner or later the Secretariat will relocate as well. Samoa is the safest place in the Pacific. That American Samoa is next door is a huge bonus.

    Step by step strip Fiji slowly.
    The price tag for its love affair with coups and a people who can not muster the courage to snuff out their dictators.

  3. ex Fiji tourist Says:

    from ‘The Australian’

    Junta to strangle Fiji press freedom

    FIJI’S military-backed rulers have unveiled plans for a crackdown on the media in which journalists could be jailed for five years and newspapers fined $F500,000 ($280,000) for accurately reporting news a government agency says offends “good taste and decency”.

    Draft rules unveiled this week would establish a powerful new agency that could seize any documents from the media, force editors and journalists to disclose confidential sources, and force the media to publish statements dictated by the agency.

    Disputes involving the agency’s powers would be diverted from Fiji’s courts to a special tribunal where normal rules of evidence would not apply.

    The scheme is contained in a draft media industry development decree that would also prevent foreign media companies such as News Limited (publisher of The Australian) from owning more than 10 per cent of individual media organisations.

    Fiji’s plans to restrict foreign ownership of media were condemned yesterday by the federal government and opposition, and the Australian Press Council.

    News Limited’s Fiji Times newspaper is facing closure under the new rules.

    According to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the erosion of media freedom by Fiji’s military-led junta, which took power in a 2006 coup, is a matter of concern.

    “We are concerned with reports that . . . the interim government is attempting to censor media organisations . . . that prohibit reporting that is against the public or national interest,” a DFAT spokesman said.

    Australian Press Council executive secretary Jack Herman said the decree marked another step by the junta to inhibit the freedom of Fiji’s journalists.

    Through this decree, and by putting soldiers in newsrooms, it was attempting to control the news by intimidation, he said.

    Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop said the decree was designed to crush free speech and entrench the regime. “I would expect the Rudd government to step up its calls for Fiji to hold elections without delay.”

    Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders said the decree was “an authoritarian imposition by a regime with no democratic legitimacy”.

  4. Annon. Says:

    Indicator of NewsCorps concern about Fiji Times employee’s – shareholder
    concerns – media power & any thing else you can think of? Is pretty well summed up in todays issue 10 4 10) of The Weekend Australian (AUS most influential newspaper).

    Not a single paragraph about the emerging crisis within Fiji?

    Hartigan has well documented past form in this area (Fiji) – believe me – not the kind of person you would like too share a foxhole with.

    Billionaire Murdoch is even worse – so if your a coalface Fiji Times employee or contractor – be concerned – be very very concerned.

  5. Hari Says:

    me think, the chicken has finally come home to roost!!! Don’t you know Bai you can’t win a fight with the Fox? Unless you’re ready to return home, and take up that healthy occupation ,-the i tavitavi mana?

  6. Annon. Says:

    If God favoured censorship people would say ‘bleep’ everytime they swore.

  7. ofa Says:

    Concerns everywhere, freedom of speech, democracy, human rights and what not. We have a garden variety dictator in Fiji who will stop at nothing to hang on to power until we stop him. And we won’t achieve that by expressing our concerns. Saddam, Ceausescu, Hitler showed us the way to deal with the garden variety dictator.

  8. Annon. Says:

    @ofa.

    History proves that the dictators greatest enemy is Time…

    Don’t be impatient – keep doing what you can – rest will take care of itself.

  9. Annon. Says:

    @ Ofa & Others.

    If you want to help bring this dictatorship down – stary lobbying US State Deparment regarding ongoing IMF funding talks – asap.

  10. ofa Says:

    On September 29, 2025 Frank Bainimarama, self proclaimed Prime Minister of Fiji and Minister for nearly everything was convicted of high treason and……The story of some of his mates is told below…..Most of them seem to share a taste for fancy uniforms

    On 30 April 1945, after intense street-to-street combat, when Soviet troops were within a block or two of the Reich Chancellery, Hitler committed suicide, shooting himself in the temple with a Walther PPK while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule.

    Quisling the Norwegian dictator was convicted of high treason and, along with two other Nasjonal Samling leaders, Albert Viljam Hagelin and Ragnar Skancke, was sentenced to death. He was executed by firing squad at Akershus Fortress on 24 October 1945.

    Ceauşescu and his wife Elena were sentenced to death by a military court on charges ranging from illegal gathering of wealth to genocide, and were executed in Târgovişte on Christmas Day, December 25, 1989.

    Pol Pot died in 1998 while held under house arrest by the Ta Mok faction of the Khmer Rouge. Since his death, rumours that he was poisoned have persisted.

    Idi Amin fled first to Libya, then to Saudi Arabia, where he died in 2003.

    Saddam was executed on 30 December 2006. By the time of his death, Saddam had become a prolific author. Among his works are multiple novels dealing with themes of romance, politics, and war

    Stroessner died on August 16, 2006, in Brasília. He tried to manage a return to Paraguay before his death, so he could die in his homeland, but he was rebuked and threatened with arrest by the government.

    Pétain on 15 August 1945, was tried for collaboration (or treason), convicted and sentenced to cashiering and death by firing squad.

    Pinochet on 27 November 2006 he was ordered to house arrest for the kidnapping and murder of two bodyguards of Salvador Allende. Pinochet died a few days later, on 10 December 2006, without having been convicted of any of the many serious crimes he was accused of.

    Mobutu was overthrown in the First Congo War by Laurent-Désiré Kabila, who was supported by the governments of Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Mobutu died on September 7, 1997, in exile in Rabat, Morocco, from prostate cancer.

    Manuel Antonio Noriega’s inmate identification number is 38699-079. Before receiving his permanent prison assignment, Noriega was placed in the Federal Detention Center, Miami, facility. Noriega now resides in the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami, in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    Trujillo, on the night of Tuesday, May 30, 1961, was shot dead on San Cristobal Avenue, Santo Domingo.

    Fujimori was accused of using Montesinos to bribe and tap the phones of journalists, businessmen and opposition politicians – evidence of which led to the collapse of his government in 2000. Fujimori admitted the charges but claimed that the charges were made to damage his daughter’s presidential election campaign. The prosecution asked the court to sentence Fujimori to eight years imprisonment with a fine of $1.6 million plus $1 million in compensation to ten people whose phones were bugged. Fujimori pled guilty and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on 30 September 2009.

    Primo de Rivera lost the support of the king and the armed forces and his dictatorship was doomed. On 26 January 1930, the dictator asked the military leaders if he still had their support. Their lukewarm responses, and his recognition that the king no longer backed him, persuaded him to resign two days later. Primo de Rivera retired to Paris, where he died from fever and diabetes on 16 March 1930.

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