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The University of the South Pacific’s head of journalism, Marc Edge, says it’s like double jeopardy for the TV stations.

Timing of new Fiji TV decree queried

Posted at 03:47 on 27 June, 2012 UTC

A Fiji-based academic says the timing of the military government’s new television decree looks odd, especially after the controversy of whether a TV station was warned about its reporting.

The decree, gazetted over the weekend, means that any television station that doesn’t abide by the Media Code of Ethics and Practice can have its licenced revoked.

Two weeks ago, the regime reportedly warned Fiji TV that its licence would not be renewed because of coverage given to some politicians.

The University of the South Pacific’s head of journalism, Marc Edge, says it’s like double jeopardy for the TV stations, because they are already subject to the code, and could be fined, or journalists imprisoned.

“The timing of it is a little bit odd, coming right on the heels of the controversy with whether or not they were warned to tone down their coverage of politics, particularly relating to their interviews of a couple of former Prime Ministers here, so, yes, the optics are not very good.”

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Journalism lecturer, Marc Edge.

Fiji’s attorney general, and minister for communication, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaihyum, was unavailable for comment.

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16 thoughts on “The University of the South Pacific’s head of journalism, Marc Edge, says it’s like double jeopardy for the TV stations.

  1. Marc you got this wrong! The new decree is in fact aimed at creating an atmosphere of open and free consultation without any threats. You simply harp about how wonderful this government is, how intelligent its leader is and how every other self respecting country has exactly the same laws as Fiji. You do that and you can keep your license. Oh, and before I forgot, just don’t interview anybody who is not a supporter of the regime.

  2. I
    This decree was long overdue. The media cannot do what it feels reporting.

    They make information public without getting it verified from all sources.

    Recently Fiji T.V. had on the news without any verification.

    We need responsible media reporting and it must be verified from all sources and not one sided.

    It has to be balanced, accurate and impartial.

    No wonder Fiji T.V. has lost it’s audience to other station.

    Thank you Government.

  3. Ratu Vore…. I’ve got a time machine which I can lend you. Go back to the glory days of Qarase and ass leakers Fiji tv. Fiji tv is no saint.

  4. Anon

    I am talking about freedom of speech. You are welcome to go and lick Qarase, Bainimarama or anybody’s ass you fancy.

  5. Marc, I’m interested to hear whether this blog has the imprimatur of USP.
    You promote the fact that you are the head of USP’s Journalism School but I can’t imagine they will appreciate the linkage. Everyone knows their relationship with the Fiji Government is already a difficult one without a rogue academic making it more so. Did you tell them you were doing it?

    Surely your role at USP is to teach the practice of journalism, not become part of the local commentariat. If you want to do that ( and you evidently do ) shouldn’t you resign from the university to practice journalism yourself? You haven’t even given the standard qualifier of your views not being that of the university.

    I assume the Blowhard Blogger you refer to is Graham Davis of Grubsheet and the Fiji Sun. I personally find him deeply annoying but surely the difference between him and you is that he’s a private citizen and you are a journalist educator on the public payroll. Is it really your role to peddle your political views wearing your USP hat?

    I fully expect to wake up tomorrow to one or more of several possibilities. Your new blog – which is admittedly well written – will have vanished under a welter of expletives. You will be sacked for dragging the university into the blast furnace of domestic Fiji politics. You will be escorted to the airport and deported by a regime that doesn’t want blow-in expatriates wildly exceeding their brief of teaching journalistic best practice to the practitioners of tomorrow.

    I personally can’t decide if you are brave or mad. But I think that on the available evidence, it’s pretty clear that you are both. I saw a movie once called Brief Encounter. I somehow think we’ve just seen the blog equivalent.

  6. PS, tried to post this on your own blog but couldn’t without identifying myself. And why would I want to do that? Only madmen like you and Davis put their names to their opinions at the present time. And because you’re anti regime, you’re a lot madder than he is.

  7. “We need responsible media reporting and it must be verified from all sources and not one sided.”

    Right. So making Riyaz Khaiyum THE ONLY BROADCASTER in Fiji will make it all better.

    Idiot.

    @ Real Tevita

    “And because you’re anti regime, you’re a lot madder than he is.”

    Mad, as in brave? There is a fine line between bravery and foolhardiness – though I doubt that what Marc has said could really be construed as a “political view”…

    He is just saying it like it is – that the Decree follows fairly close on the heels of the new tripe that Aiyaz just served up… I think I smell a nepotistic rat here…

  8. who the f is khaiyum .
    where was this maichod in politics before. .
    if you and baini think you have peoples support.
    call a free fair election or debate than they will be f up by the voters.
    fiji tv is here to stay .riaz/khaiyum watch your backs one day you will be put in lovo pit with your families.

  9. Vore.

    “You are welcome to go and lick Qarase, Bainimarama or anybody’s ass you fancy”

    Is this you level on mentality boy or are you barren between your ears?

    What is it?

    You can throw a childish wobbly but that doesn’t excuse your brainsickness.

    Na ka sa vacacani iko sa rui sivia nomu vaka cucu tiko.

  10. Sai

    Read the post again old bugger that was merely a response to Anon’s tantrum referring to “the days of Qarase and ass lickers”

    I guess it might offend those who lick Bai’s ass…like the old farm dog in NZ.

  11. FACE THE MUSIC YOU BASTARD RACISTS FOR YOUR ACTIONS IN ENRICHING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AT THE EXPENSE OF POOR FIJIANS says:

    This is Qarase’s first case in relation to Fijian Holdings Limited where it is alleged that he facilitated and allowed the purchase of Class A FHL shares for certain companies when he was director of FHL, financial advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs.

    The case relates to the allotment and issuance of the FHL shares to Cicia Plantation Co-op Society Limited, Mavana Investments Limited and a family owned company named Q-Ten Investments Limited.

  12. Anon.

    “Who needs free speech if it does not achieve the good of mankind”

    You have a point there, so who needs free speech if it only benefits the few.

    You would find the greatest proponents of free speech are those who stands to loose the most.

    Vore.

    It seems you revel in the thought of having performed you duty diligently in that peanut butter tasting is in your blood.

  13. Sai

    Hear Hear there goes the deluded old qauri from the land of the long white cloud.

    Who needs freedom of speech indeed?

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