FIJI TO CENSOR PORNOGRAPHIC INTERNET SITES

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 28, 1999 - PACNEWS/INCL)---Fiji's Telecommunications Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has announced that the Government will soon put into place mechanisms that will bar children from surfing pornographic web sites on the Internet.

Ratu Inoke made the comment at the South Pacific Forum Communication Ministers meeting in the Fiji capital, Suva, but did not say exactly how the Government would accomplish the censorship.

He said his ministry was working on a strategy to ensure children and students are barred from pornographic sites.

Ratu Inoke said his Government shared the concerns expressed by other Governments on the unsuitability of such web sites.

In commenting about Fiji's Internet services in general, Ratu Inoke said there are plans to reduce access charges and to extend Internet connections to schools all over Fiji.

He also said that the Government would soon issue licenses to two local Internet providers to compete with the Government-owned Internet Services Fiji, currently the lone Internet provider in the country.

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