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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 30, 2000 - Radio New Zealand International)---The government has ordered state-owned Radio Fiji to impose stricter controls on telephone callers during its new Fijian language talk show, or risk being pulled off the air.

The warning was discussed during a government cabinet meeting and confirmed by a senior minister this week.

The minister didn’t say how the threat to the management of Radio Fiji would be implemented. But he told the host of the talk show that if telephone callers continue to abuse the country’s leaders during the call-in program, then the show would be ordered off the air.

The minister referred in particular to a woman caller who made sarcastic remarks about President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

The warning came just two weeks after the government forced the removal of the host of Radio Fiji’s Hindi language talk show.

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