5 Mar 2012

Decree aimed at self-protection: Bainimarama

10:41 am on 5 March 2012

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the country's new defamation decree is aimed at protecting regime members from those who are against the current government.

Commodore Bainimarama says the decree needs to be in place for the next two years so regime leaders are not targeted by those going against the interim government.

The State Proceedings Amendment Decree gives regime leaders immunity from prosecution for any statements they make, however slanderous.

The media is also protected.

In an interview with Sky News, Commodore Bainimarama agreed the new law was aimed unashamedly at protecting him against the forces he had removed from power.