Monday, April 13, 2009

Fiji High Chief Ro Temumu Kepa Defends the Rights of Fiji People in Freedom of Expression via modern technologies.

Read what the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Temumu Kepa has to say on Fiji Times Online. It is critical to show Bainimarama that we are not going to be sunservient to his orders more so now that Bainimarama & his regime attempt on their 'Gagging Spree' in their desperate attempt to control Freedom of Media & Freedom of Speech.

Ro Teimumu defends bloggers

BLOG sites are an expression of freedom of speech and serve as a forum that should be entertained at a time when media freedom is heavily censored, said Burebasaga high chief Ro Teimumu Kepa yesterday.
Her response comes in the wake of the military's effort to track bloggers of at least three websites which 3FIR Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti had said contained lies and stirred agitation and defamation.
Ro Teimumu said blog sites were part of the latest technology and indicative of changing development in society.
"When people are prohibited from saying things and the media censors news items to the extent where there is no byline except in the sports pages, they will find other means. The coconut wireless is very healthy," she said.
Reacting to the government statement on human rights abuse after the arrest of Losena Salabula and Ulaiasi Taoi, she said "does the interim administration know what its talking about?"
Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there had not been a breach of Fiji's commitment to the EU.


  1. Blogging resistance to Fiji’s military dictatorship
    April 13, 2009 – 1:36 am, by Andrew Bartlett
    Kevin Rudd has said that Fiji is now “virtually a military dictatorship”. I’m not sure what else needs to happen before the word “virtually” gets dropped, but whatever term you want to use, it sure isn’t democracy – especially with the latest censorship crackdown. The dictatorship’s Secretary for Information, Major Neumi Leweni, is kindly providing ‘information officers’ and police to assist every media newsroom in Fiji with deciding what is and isn’t newsworthy. Some more details are on the Talking Fiji blog.

    The renewed censorship will mean blogs and other sources of online information will probably become the main way to access uncensored information out of Fiji.

    Not long after this current coup first occurred, the military attempted to shut down access to anti-government blogs. No doubt similar efforts will be made now, but at present there is a wide range of blogs providing some information and some vibrant rallying calls.

    The Intelligentsiya blog has been plugging away providing critiques on the military regime since early 2007, not long after the latest coup was initiated.

    In addition to those linked to above, some othe examples include:

  2. Radi New Zealand reports...
    ABC correspondent told to leave Fiji
    Updated at 1:50pm on 13 April 2009

    An Australian correspondent has been asked to leave Fiji because authorities object to the stories he has been writing for the ABC.

    Government officials initially told Sean Dorney he would be deported, but he has since been asked to leave the country voluntarily.

    The ABC reports he has refused to go and is now awaiting further instructions from local officials.

    Radio New Zealand International reports that Mr Dorney was summoned by information ministry officials after he reported the absence of political news from newspapers on Monday.

    Censors have been installed in newsrooms across the capital, Suva.

  3. TV3 News in New Zealand says..

    3 News political reporter Sia Aston booted out of Fiji

    Sia Aston
    Mon, 13 Apr 2009 2:10p.m.

    UPDATED AT 02:56PM
    3 News political reporter Sia Aston has been warned she is no longer welcome in Fiji. She and her camera operator are currently under police escort and being taken to Government House where it is thought they will be told they must leave the country.

    It is thought that Ms Aston may now be the last foreign correspondent remaining in the troubled Pacific Island nation.

    Ms Aston has been reporting for the past couple of days on the degree of censorship being imposed by the interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

    When she spoke to colleagues at 3 News she was being escorted by police and was unable to reveal much. She said she was asked by police to travel in their car but refused and is travelling in her own vehicle.



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