FIJI EMERGENCY REGULATIONS EXTENDED FOR THIRD MONTH

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Decision made after assessing ‘security situation’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 9, 2009) – Fiji’s interim government has extended public emergency regulations -- including censorship of the country’s media -- for a third month after April’s abrogation of the constitution.

Interim government spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says the decision to prolong the emergency regulations was made by the defence ministry following an assessment of the security situation.

Fiji Times online also says this was confirmed in a decree signed by Ratu Josefa Iloilo yesterday.

The regulations have been extended for another month.

Under the censorship rules, media have been barred from publishing or broadcasting anything negative about the interim government led by Frank Bainimarama, who led a coup against the elected government in December 2006.

The emergency regulations were initially introduced by Commodore Bainimarama following the abrogation of the constitution and the sacking of the judiciary.

The move was in response to a court ruling that his government was illegal.

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