Pacific Media Watch

1 August 2010

FIJI: Police warn media outlets to follow decree regulations

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Fijilive's Richard Naidu: News website still offline. Photo: FBC
Police warn media outlets

Elenoa Osborne

SUVA (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch): Police will not hesitate to take action against those who do not abide by the Media Decree, says police spokesperson Ema Dimila.

Dimila made the comment following the questioning of Fijilive news editor Richard Naidu for a story that was published by the online news
agency on Thursday, reports FBC News.

Dimila says the Media Decree is in place and all media outlets should act more responsibly.

“It is a decree to safeguard everybody – the media and other parties as well. And I think it should be followed precisely and exactly as it is. What happened to Mr Naidu is unfortunate. We will not highlight what happened to him but we will highlight that a Media Decree is in place and everybody who is concerned with writing, printing broadcasting or
televising news, or even on the web – those using electronic media should be mindful of the decree.”

Naidu was taken in on Friday by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Director CID Adi Sen says Naidu stayed overnight Friday and was released at about 11am yesterday.

Naidu was questioned over a story alleging the suspension of Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni.

Meanwhile, the Fijilive website remains offline.

On Friday, Fijilive was not included in the list of media organisations that was announced by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to have
registered under the Media Decree. - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch

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