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The evolution of media laws in Fiji and impacts on journalism and society

Singh, Shailendra B. (2015) The evolution of media laws in Fiji and impacts on journalism and society. Pacific Journalism Review, 21 (1). pp. 126-141. ISSN 1023-9499

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    Abstract

    This article examines the cultural, political, ethnic and economic forces that have shaped the evolution of media legislation in Fiji and the evident impacts on journalism and society. The article argues that despite Fiji’s British colonial heritage and its smooth transition to democracy after Independence in 1970, the spectre of stricter legislation has been a constant threat. This threat finally materialised in the post-2006 coup period, when media-related laws underwent a major overhaul, including the promulgation of the punitive Media Industry Development Decree 2010, which was later ‘preserved’ under the 2013 Constitution despite being labelled ‘undemocratic’. The 2006 coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama, who was decisively voted back into power as Prime Minister in the 2014 General Election, justified the media reforms in the name of social stability and progress. This research uses document review to examine the genesis, nature and efficacy of Fiji’s media-related laws, from the colonial to postcolonial periods, and beyond.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
    P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
    Depositing User: Shailendra Singh
    Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 16:58
    Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 15:23
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8377
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