Defamation Laws In Fiji

Chapter 34 Laws of Fiji, also known as the Defamation Act, allows the plaintiff not to recover more costs than damages. Under Chapter 35 Laws of Fiji, also known as the Limitation Act, actions to recover any sum by virtue of the Defamation Act shall prescribe in six years from the date on which the cause of action accrued (please refer to Section 4 (1) (d) of Chapter 35, Limitation Act.)

In a report released by Pacific Media Watch Fiji’s defamation law favors the plaintiff. Journalists could use “truth and justification” as defenses against defamation but nevertheless have the burden of proving the balance of probabilities that everything on the document or what was said was true.