2 Feb 2007

Reporters Without Borders highlights Fiji military threats

4:08 pm on 2 February 2007

The Paris-based organisation, Reporters Without Borders, says the Fiji military regime continues to crack down on any criticism.

In its latest annual report, it says after threatening to apply a system of advance censorship, the Fiji military did offer some guarantees to the country's media.

The report says after visits from soldiers wanting to impose advance censorship the country's leading media organisations suspended news services and publications.

Fiji Television said it would resume their news service when it could be independent and free from censorship a view echoed by other media including the Fiji Times.

The report says that staff at the Fiji Daily Post close to the ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, suffered the most.

The paper's editor, Robert Wolfgramm, an Australian national, was arrested and had his passport confiscated, while two other staff members, including the general manager Mesake Koroi, were also threatened by soldiers.