20 Jul 2012

Fiji's CCF repeats call for removal of restrictions on free expression

7:10 pm on 20 July 2012

Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum is calling for the end of all restrictions on public gatherings and the media to ensure that people can speak freely during discussions on the new constitution.

The Government this week moderated the restrictions under the Public Order decree to allow public meetings until a draft of the constitution is complete, and as long as those meetings don't pose a threat to public security.

Earlier, a meeting of three or more required a police permit.

But the CCF chair, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, says they are reiterating their call for the full repeal of legislation on public gatherings and to remove the Media Industry Development Decree.

"It's quite right to go part of the way but we want more. We want it to be out altogether so that people are free to participate. It is not congruent with the call for participation by the people, if you still have restrictions in place. It's as simple as that."