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Registration call for foreign media

October 09
10:34 2013

Respect protocol, diligence, new media authority chair tells

By ANA SOVARAKI

The Media Industry Development Authority of Fiji (MIDA) will not allow any foreign media entity to hold local training sessions without first consulting them.
Local journalists affiliated with any overseas or freelance media outlets will also have to register.
Addressing journalists yesterday, the authority’s new chairman Ashwin Raj, said he would find it problematic that foreign entities engaged with local media, in a workshop, without seeking the approval of the Authority.
Mr Raj’s comments are also consistent with requirements under the Media Decree. In part six of the Media Decree 2010. It states that every media organisation that provides or intends to provide media services in Fiji must be registered.
“In this requirement I don’t think international media agencies can conduct any important workshops regarding important matters such as media freedom, democracy, human rights, elections, etc without seeking prior approval,” Mr Raj said.
He said an entity couldn’t just walk into a country and conduct workshops without consulting the Authority.
“It is about protocol, and it is about diligence.”
He said the function of the Authority was not policing the content of the workshop or training by a foreign entity but making sure it was in line with the Media Decree.
He said the role of MIDA was to create cohesiveness between the Authority and media organisations.
He said this was an important time for the media and journalists to reflect on their roles in the context of the media decree.

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