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GUEST BLOG: The end of press freedom in Fiji

Today in Fiji press freedom no longer exists. It is effectively being silenced by military leader and interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. It started on 28 June 2010 when Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyu formally announced that the Fiji government’s Media Decree had become law. The new law dictates, in part, that “the content of any […]

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Fijian authorities detain journalist overnight under draconian law

Authorities in Fiji on Friday, 30 July detained the editor of an online news outlet for questioning over an article about the nation’s police commissioner. According to local media, the editor of Fijilive.com, Richard Naidu, was taken in for questioning by police. The detention was reportedly connected to an article on the website claiming that […]

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Fiji promulgates media law further restricting press freedom

The Government of Fiji has promulgated a new media law which severely restricts media freedom and ownership on the small Pacific island. The “Media Industry Development Decree 2010” was gazetted by the government on Friday, 25 June 2010 and entered into force yesterday. The Fiji Media Decree is designed to replace emergency regulations placed on […]

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Proposed Fiji media decree to allow five-year jail sentences for journalists

Fiji is on the verge of passing a new media law that could allow the government to imprison journalists for up to five years, ban the ownership of a news organization by anyone other than a Fiji journalist, and allow fines of up to half a million Fiji dollars to be levied against media organizations. […]

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