FIJI ACADEMIC HEADS MEDIA DEVELOPMENT

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Dr. Nandan to enforce controversial media decree

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 29, 2010) - Well known Fiji born academic Dr. Satendra Nandan has been appointed by the Fiji government to chair the Media Development Authority which will enforce the provisions of the newly-enacted Media Industry Development Decree.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement yesterday while informing the media the decree had come into force.

"Dr. Nandan is a person that is well known and would be the best person suitable for the job," said Sayed-Khaiyum.

Nandan is presently Professor of Literature and Director of the Centre for Writing at the Australian National University in Canberra.

"Dr. Nandan will head the six member authority and he is someone who comes with a lot of experience," said the Attorney General.

The authority will include representatives from Fiji’s different groups of people.

"There would be a representative from the consumers, a rep from the children because of the fact that most of our population is young, a representative from the women’s (sic) and a final rep who would have experience in all modes of media."

"Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama would be making the appointments soon, for the other members of the authority," he said.

Nandan was not immediately available for comment on his appointment.

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