13 Jan 2012

Fiji Attorney General says New Zealand media "obtuse"

11:10 am on 13 January 2012

Fiji's Attorney-General has criticised New Zealand media, saying it is being obtuse over its reporting of the country's Public Order Act

The Amendment to the Act, which replaces the Public Emergency regulations, gives the interim regime extended powers and allows for security operations whose outcome cannot be challenged in court.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is not in any way different to laws that exist in many other countries.

He says it is unfortunate the New Zealand media seems to assess Fiji in isolation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji has a recent history where ethnic, racial and religious vilification has led to violence.

He says there is no point talking about having proper consultation, when people live in fear of being threatened.