Undoubtedly, this Fiji panel will come up with a far more robust report and recommendations than the discredited Jim Anthony report. But its limited brief is unlikely to satisfy those civil society groups and commentators who are highly critical of the Fiji media, nor is it likely to quell the regime's frustration with what it sees as a one-sided news media industry.
The muted terms for reference for the Fiji media review include looking into:
- how the Fiji Media Council has carried out its responsibilities as provided for under the constitution
- the complaints process
- the relationship with the government
- its responsibilities to the public
- the administration of the council and the role and remuneration of the chairman and secretary
- the funding of the council
Probably the most insightful commentary about what ought to be done with the Fiji Media Council was presented last month by Fiji Times associate editor Sophie Foster at the University of the South Pacific journalism awards.