No desire to restore media freedom
The adoption of a new constitution in 2013 and the ensuing parliamentary elections in September 2014, the first since the 2006 coup d’état, had a positive impact on access to information. This could be seen in the public debate and pluralistic coverage during the election itself, despite some problems in the run-up. The media are nonetheless still restricted by the 2010 Media Industry Development Decree and the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) that it created. Violating the decree is punishable by up to two years in prison. After giving the media additional leeway during the election, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama resumed his policy of keeping the foreign media at a distance and publicly described them as “hostile.” In 2016, this was his grounds for a blacklist of foreign journalists that include Barbara Dreaver, a reporter for New Zealand’s TVNZ, and Michael Field.
80 in 2016
29.37 in 2016