June 08, 2010

Where's that Damned Media Decree?

After assurances last month that the illegal, confounded and totally unnecessary Media Decree would be coming out soon, its emergence in the public sphere remains neither here nor there.

Unsurprisingly while some of the REAL and independent newsrooms remain quiet about the whole sham, two individuals continue to uphold the facade.

The FBC's military supporter and sham of a News Director Stanley Simpson says:
...the people who oppose the interim government cannot be heard.

 “We can not interview them, or we can not use their comments, as the Government has said it has a plan for the country and wants no disturbance to that. That’s the law, as it is now and we follow that. We try to be accurate, we try to be fair, but there is no balance at the moment. When it comes to politics, government issues, we are running what the Government is putting out.”

Stanley Simpson says (he) hopes the media decree can create an environment conducive to responsible reporting, not one that punishes journalists.
While University of the South Pacific's journalism lecturer and military supporter, Shailendra Singh says:
“We do not need a media decree that will curb journalists from reporting freely and openly."
How about just openly and outrightly rejecting all aspects of the Decree altogether guys?

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