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More on Fiji’s New Press Law

The future of journalism in Fiji is still a significant topic among media watchers in the Asia Pacific region.

Fiji’s military dictatorship legalized the Media Industry Development Decree this past summer. Part of it requires ownership of Fiji’s media outlets to be 90% Fijian. That placed the Fiji Times square in the government’s crosshairs because it’s owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited. The newspaper is currently looking for potential buyers.

New Zealand‘s Scoop recently reported on this continuing saga, focusing on how the new law and deteriorating climate of expression threaten a free press in Fiji.

Earlier this summer, the blog Cafe Pacific took aim at the country’s recent press restrictions, as well (and it includes a humorous, yet biting, editorial cartoon).

There are concerns that what is happening now in Fiji could embolden governments in other Asia Pacific nations to take similar steps against their media outlets.


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