Friday, August 31, 2007

Fiji media inquiry hots up

The Fiji Human Rights Commission has warned the two Fiji dailies with expatriates in the key publishing jobs that "any further harassment" of the man conducting an independent media freedom inquiry will lead to legal action against them. In a letter addressed to Fiji Media Council chairman Daryl Tarte yesterday, Commission director Dr Shaista Shameem said she had reviewed the media coverage of the media inquiry it was conducting through Dr James Anthony, by the Murdoch-owned Fiji Times and the Fiji Sun as well as a recent exchange of letters between Dr Anthony and Tarte. She said she found the two dailies appeared to be willfully obstructing and hindering the performance of the Commission's functions, which breached section 47 (2) of the Commission Act. Cafe Pacific looks into some of the background on this issue.

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