FIJI NEWSPAPER EXEC WARNED NOT TO CRITICIZE MILITARY

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 6) – A media executive says he has been warned not to make any comments which the Fiji Military Forces regards as defamatory against the institution.

Fiji Daily Post general manager, Mesake Koroi was detained twice at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks last week.

Koroi is the cousin of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and the newspaper has been accused of reporting anti-military and anti-interim regime articles.

"The decision to make my intentions known in the papers is mine alone and nobody else’s. I can confirm that I was taken in for writing reports in our daily newspaper by soldiers who stopped me at the Nausori Bridge before I was taken to meet Major Neumi Leweni. We had a brief discussion and I was warned not to make any more comments," Koroi said. "I was never assaulted and they treated me well when I was in military custody."

Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti said Koroi was detained because of the ‘continued stubbornness’ of the media executive.

"We detained him because of the continuing remarks in the Daily Post because this is not the first time we have warned them."

Col Driti said they will continue to warn people who make defamatory comments against the army.

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