14 Feb 2008

International press freedom group critical of interim Fiji Government

3:30 pm on 14 February 2008

The international press freedom group, Reporters Sans Frontieres, has criticised the interim government of Fiji, saying it has continued to harass its critics, particularly those on the internet.

RSF, which is based in Paris, does say in its annual report that the Fiji government has provided some guarantees to privately-owned media.

The report notes the beatings and arrests of opposition figures and the military's attitude towards internet blogs that criticise the prime minister, Frank Bainimarama.

It also says the arrest and expulsion of the New Zealand journalist Michael Field is evidence of a blacklist of foreign journalists who are prevented from entering Fiji.