FIJI OFFICIAL SUSPENDED PENDING ‘BLOG’ PROBE

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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, June 11) – An officer with the Fiji Public Service Commission has been sent on leave amidst investigations into his alleged involvement with the anti-military blog site.

[PIR editor’s note: A "blog" – short for weblog – is a personal website meant to share thoughts or information to the general public. Blogs often take the form of journals but can be anything the blogger wants. Fiji’s interim government under military commander Bainimarama has detained a number of people in recent weeks over blogs that criticize the government. ]

Permanent Secretary of the Public Service Commission, Taina Tagicakibau, said Filipe Nagera was found to have breached an official directive made in a PSC circular regarding those found to be involved with anti-military blog sites or other related activities.

She said the PSC circular had specifically cautioned that civil servants would be disciplined if they were found to be involved with the anti-military blog site using official computers during official hours.

''Civil servants are expected to be neutral and should refrain from engaging in politics and other unauthorized political activities like the anti-military blogsites and other related incidences,'' Ms Tagicakibau said.

But, Ms Tagicakibau denied claims that Mr Nagera was terminated from the service following a directive from the interim prime ministers office.

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