News

“Pluralist and balanced coverage of the 2018 parliamentary elections” and Fiji media live and resistant : RBF

Reporters Sans Frontieres also known as Reporters Without Borders on Thursday, released its 2019 index, giving glowing feedback around Fiji’s media freedom.

Fiji has improved it’s media freedom index by 5 points, from 57 in 2018 to 52nd in 2019, 4 behind United States of America.

Reporters Without Border’s say that the relatively pluralist and balanced coverage of the 2018 parliamentary elections – the second since the 2006 coup d’état – confirmed the Fiji media’s liveliness and spirit of resistance.

Fiji now ranks 52 on RSF World Press Freedom Index 2019. : PC: RSF

“But journalists are still restricted by the draconian 2010 Media Industry Development Decree, which was turned into a law in 2018, and the regulator it created, the Media Industry Development Authority, whose independence is questionable.”

“Journalists who violate this law’s vaguely worded provisions face up to two years in prison.”

In this hostile legal environment, the acquittal of the country’s leading daily, the Fiji Times, and three of its journalists on sedition charges in May 2018 was seen as an encouraging victory for press freedom.



Advertisements

0 comments on ““Pluralist and balanced coverage of the 2018 parliamentary elections” and Fiji media live and resistant : RBF

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.