20 Aug 2013

Fiji prime minister reverses police decision on internet cafes

3:17 pm on 20 August 2013

Fiji's prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has reversed a decision by police to close internet cafes early.

The police had earlier taken action after receiving complaints about an increase in the number of youths and children flocking to Suva to use the internet in the evenings.

A group manager for the Fiji Connect chain of internet cafes, David Eyre, says the decision is good news as many internet cafes were closing down because of the loss of business during vital evening hours.

He says if local authorities and police were targeting underage children, then they should use other avenues.

"Communities out there are probably of prime importance and we are happy to work with the authorities in relation to controlling the issues they have raised in terms of internet cafes for crime things like that."

Fiji, Connect Internet Services Group Manager, David Eyre.