"SEX ON THE BEACH" BANNED IN FIJI

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PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH UPDATE January 13, 1999

By Ashwant Dwivedi

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 13, 1999 - Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---"Sex On The Beach," the hit song by the Dutch-American group T-Spoon, has been banned on all radio stations in Fiji.

According to media sources, (independent broadcaster) Communications Fiji, Ltd’s FM96 banned the song a few days ago. The (state-run) Island Networks Corporation had banned it from its airwaves several weeks ago.

FM96 executives were unavailable to confirm the report last night.

Last week, the song had come under fire from religious and social leaders in the Fiji Islands who strongly condemned its lyrics as socially, culturally, and religiously offensive.

The song is named after a special cocktail which is also served in many local bars and is popular among young people in Fiji.

* News reports earlier said the Ministry of Information had been applying pressure to get the song barred from Fiji airwaves.

Although the ministry does not have any powers to direct FM96 station to withdraw the song, the Daily Post quoted Assistant Minister for Information Ratu Josefa Dimuri as saying: "We have already written to FM96. I am very disappointed with the lack of moral decency in that particular radio station. We are working on the media review that will cover new broadcasting laws and that will deal with the content and quality of programs that will be aired by radio stations in Fiji."

Communications Fiji Ltd. general manager Ian Jackson was earlier reported to have said the station would continue to play the song "as it is really about a cocktail served in bars and nightclubs."

Title -- 1858 MEDIA: "Sex On The Beach" hit banned in Fiji Date -- 13 January 1999 Byline -- Ashwant Dwivedi Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 13/1/99 Copyright - DP Status – Unabridged

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