4 May 2009

Fiji Law Society describes interim regime as paranoid

11:02 am on 4 May 2009

The president of Fiji's Law Society says the extension of regulations curtailing media freedom is unnecessary, and shows the current regime is paranoid.

The interim regime extended the public emergency regulations until early June, shortly before Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Island forum.

The emergency regulations were due to expire next weekend, but the interim regime says it will extending them for a further 30 days.

The regulations outlaw political meetings, and allow the Information Ministry to censor local media.

The president of Fiji's Law Society Dorsami Naidu says the regime is shutting down any dissent.

"I think they are really unsure, everything is very quiet with the control of the media here. What we hears, what we see on our TV, the media are not sure of what is happening, they not sure of themselves probably , it is very unpredictable at the moment."