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Media council questions government treatment
Title -- 5378 FIJI: Media council questions treatment
Date -- 15 March 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Fijivillage.com 15/03/08
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Status -- Unabridged
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CONCERNS RAISED OVER MEDIA TREATMENT
SUVA (FV.com/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji Media Council chairman Daryl Tarte has raised his concerns about the way the interim government is treating the media after Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum summonsed Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah to explain the origins of various documents he alleged that the Fiji Times possessed.
Tarte said it is a serious matter and he will reserve all his comment until meeting with other members of the Media Council next Tuesday.
Hannah was asked to explain a series of articles the interim administration managed to get hold of titled, "Exposing the lie".
The series of articles, according to Sayed-Khaiyum, was written through the use of documents containing articles which were inaccurate.
Sayed-Kaiyum said if a media organisation was supporting a particular party the government was entitled to let the public know their stand.
However, Fiji Times editor-in-chief Netani Rika said the Interim Attorney-General's claims were unfounded and the Fiji Times had never seen or heard of the documents before.
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