FIJI TIMES ADMITS TO SELF-CENSORSHIP

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Produces paper in compliance with emergency regulations

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 14, 2009) – This paper is being produced in accordance with Section 16 of the Public Emergency Regulations 2009, Control of Broadcast and Publications which states:

16. (1) Where the Permanent Secretary for Information has reason to believe that any broadcast or publication may give rise to disorder and may thereby cause undue demands to be made upon the police or the armed forces, or may result in a breach of the peace, or promote disaffection or public alarm, or undermine the Government and the State of Fiji, he or she may, by order, prohibit such broadcast or publication.

(2) In order to give effect to subsection (1) above any broadcaster or publisher upon direction by the Permanent Secretary for Information must submit to him or her all material for broadcast or publication material before broadcast or publication.

(3) Any person or entity which fails in any way whatsoever to comply with the provisions of this section may be ordered by the Commissioner of Police or Officer Commanding upon advice from the Permanent Secretary for Information to cease all activities and operations.

It is also in accordance with a further communication by Major Neumi Leweni, Permanent Secretary for Information, Communications and Archives who instructed the media to "refrain from publishing and broadcasting any news item that is negative in nature, relating to the assumption of executive authority on 10 April by His Excellency the President and the subsequent appointments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers .... In accordance with Section 16 (1) of the Public Emergency Regulations".

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