More totalitarianism

As spelled out in this report by Fijivillage (see link below, the heavy hand of Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is very evident in the draconian Television Amendment Decree, which is now gazetted by the illegally-appointed “president”, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. The amendment is a provision that if a licensee is found to have breached the Media Code of Ethics and Practice under the Media Industry Development Decree, the Minister (Aiyaz) may, by notice revoke or vary the licence. And no matter what the actual facts may be, the Decree stipulates that the revoking of a licence cannot be appealed in any court. In other words, if the dictatorship is unhappy with a broadcaster, their licence is revoked for whatever reason. Yes folks, that IS totalitarianism.

Fijivillage 26 June 2012    Television Amendment Decree includes Conditions for revocation of license

5 Responses to “More totalitarianism”

  1. Lies Lies Lies Says:

    Fiji TV is still waiting for their License.

    As of 9.00 am on Wednesday 27th June, Fiji TV is still waiting for their new license to be issued by the Minister of Communications Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

    Fiji TV was assured in writing by the minister in October of last year that their license will be renewed. However, they have been waiting ever since for the license. The staff of the ministry had completed all their approvals early this year and the only thing holding up the issuing of the license is the signature of the minister.

    It needs to be noted that last month during a meeting between the Minister and the Chairman of Fiji TV a discussion took place over Fiji TV’s news coverage. It was made plain to the Chairman that Fiji TV needed to reduce its coverage of 2 elected prime ministers of Fiji, both of whom were overthrown in coups involving personnel from the Fiji Military.

    Sharon Smith Johns, the permanent secretary for the Ministry of information, lied on air in an interview with Bruce Hill of the Pacific Beat. She said on the 14th June “At the end of the day the story was not true, and it’s been proven not true and I am not going to go into the details of the meeting or the story behind it, we know that a license has been given to Fiji TV, end of story”

    We now know that what Smith Johns said is not true, it has been proven to be not true and Fiji TV is still waiting for their license

    Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, the Minister of communications, is the brother of Riyaz Khaiyum the CEO of FBC. FBC recently launched a free to air TV service in opposition to Fiji TV. The cost of $22m was funded by a Government guaranteed loan organized by the Aiyaz Khaiyum for the benefit of his brother’s company.

    Fiji TV is currently making contingency plans to end their service at midnight on Saturday 30th June when their current license expires. If they are forced off air it will lead to hundreds of people losing their jobs. This will be another massive blow to the livelihoods of many families and force more below the poverty line.

    In addition it will leave the only broadcaster of TV news in Fiji in the hands of the brother of Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum who holds 8 ministerial portfolios in the military Junta.

    On Thursday 20th June the new Television Amendment Decree was gazette by the president. One clause of the decree is as follows:
    “The Television Decree 1992 is also amended with the inclusion that no court, tribunal, commission or any other adjudicating body shall have the jurisdiction to accept, hear, determine or in any other way entertain any challenges by any person or body which question any decision by the Minister, the validity of the process of the issuance of any license and any condition imposed by the Minister in granting a license.”

    This gives Khaiyum total control to revoke Fiji TV’s license at any time allowing him to continue to pressure the company to provided news favorable to the military Junta and unfavorable for the groups pressing for a return of democracy in Fiji.

  2. Navosavakadua Says:

    Would Khaiyum really dare to take the licence from Fiji TV, which is majority owned by Yasana Holdings?

    If Isoa Kaloumaira has any balls (I’ll reserve judgement on this) he’d tell his Managers not to feel intimidated. Sayed-Khaiyum is bluffing. If he took the licence from Fiji TV, he’d do yet more damage to a company that is jointly owned by the Fijian provinces.

    Bainimarama has already raided the Provinces earnings from Fijian Holdings Limited, so inflicting more damage on the provinces would set back his efforts to build a political constituency in the provinces.

  3. Ed Says:

    That “protect-my-butt” clause shows Aiyaz has NO BALLS! Ouch!!

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