Thursday, October 21, 2010

[pima.nius] FIJI: Media Development Authority sets up structure

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Title – 7092 FIJI: Media Development Authority sets up structure
Date – 21 October 2010
Byline – Roland Koroi
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, 21/10/10
Copyright – FBC
Status – Unabridged
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By Roland Koroi

SUVA (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch): The chairman of the Fiji Media Development Authority, Professor Subramani, says it is presently setting up its infrastructure so that the authority could be fully operational within a month.

The position of secretary for the Media Development Authority will be advertised in the next week and an office space has been earmarked.

Subramani told FBC News the authority would be proactive in working with the media, and constructively help support the development of quality media services, as well as interpret the provisions in the media decree.

On Fiji being ranked by Reporters Without Borders as the lowest country in the Pacific for media freedom, Subramani says many people have not read the decree carefully enough and have misconceptions about it.

He says the decree provides for media guidelines that were previously not present and should be looked at as a stage in the evolution of the media industry in Fiji.

Subramani told FBC News the authority had not received any formal complaints as yet but there had been some comments and "a couple" of verbal complaints.

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