Fiji Times Newspaper Charged For Breaching Media Decree

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Allegedly failed to ensure all directors permanently residing in Fiji

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 6, 2013) – Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde today laid charges against the Fiji Times Limited and its six directors for breaches of the Media Industry Development Decree 2010.

The charges allege that Fiji Times Limited and its directors breached section 38 and section 43 (1) of the Decree by failing to ensure that all its Directors were Fiji citizens permanently residing in Fiji.

The particulars of the charge are that Fiji Times Limited, a media organization duly registered with the Media Industry Development Authority together with Mahendra Patel, Kiritbhai Patel, Rajesh Patel, Manu Patel, Bhupendra Patel and Jinesh Patel being Directors of Fiji Times Limited between the 1st day of January 2012 and the 31st day of December 2012, at Suva in the Central Division, failed to ensure that all its Directors were Fiji citizens permanently residing in Fiji.

The matter will be listed for first mention on Friday 22 March 2013.

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