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Fiji govt's approach to media made job difficult

Fiji govt's approach to media made job difficult says Hanks Arts

The outgoing general manager and publisher of the Fiji Times says his job has been made difficult by the government's draconian approach to the media.

Hank Arts. Photo:
Wikimedia Commons

Hank Arts. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Hank Arts is retiring at the end of the month after seven years in the role.

Mr Arts said he had enjoyed being able to modernise the Times and help upskill reporting staff at the newspaper.

He said on the opposite side of the spectrum was negative dealings with government.

"It's made difficult because of the challenges that we had with a government not appreciating the value and the work of an independent newspaper," he said.

"So that has seen two nasty court cases that have been expensive both in legal costs and also very much in human costs."

Hank Arts said the government's Media Decree hangs over the industry, threatening large fines and jail terms, and he doesn't see the environment changing.

"It will continue to be difficult," Mr Arts said.

"It won't change unless there is a change in government. The government is still very popular here, there is an awful lot of things they are doing to push Fiji ahead."

"I can't see a change of government and the government won't change, they have had plenty of time to come and work with us but that is just not going to happen," he said.


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