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Parliament repeals Media Industry Development Act

On 6 April, the Fijian Parliament repealed the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA), a decree passed by the then-military government in 2010. The MIDA was criticized by journalists and media rights groups as a tool to harass and intimidate critical journalists and a “noose around the neck of the media industry and journalists.” Repealing the MIDA had been a major campaign promise of Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and was welcomed by Fijian journalists and international press freedom advocates.

Sources: Global Voices, The Fiji Times, Radio Network in New Zealand

Primary categories and factors
Rights +2 Rights  (+2)
Civil Liberties
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of The Press

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