CHAUDHRY THREATENS SUIT IF FIJI ALLOWS TV MONOPOLY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 30) - The Fiji Labor Party
has threatened to launch a High Court challenge if the Qarase government
overturns a Commerce Commission decision and gives Fiji Television a monopoly
license.

The Labor leader, former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, says
Fiji TV has benefited immensely from its monopoly over the years and therefore
should stand on its own feet and welcome opposition.

Chaudhry says there have been expressions of interest from
overseas companies to set up competitive television services in Fiji, which
would be the basis for a legal challenge.

The Commerce Commission had given Fiji TV 14 days to respond to
its initial determination that the monopoly license should be rejected based on
overwhelming public opposition.

Fiji TV did not respond but has sought until the end of May to
make further submissions.

Meanwhile, the company’s chief executive, Ken Clarke, has
denied the company is seeking a monopoly.

April 30, 2003

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