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Editor hauled in for questioning by police

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Aug. 2, 2010) – One of Fiji's most popular news websites has been shut down by the interim government.

The government began blocking the "Fiji Live" website over the weekened after the service ran a story relating to the police commissioner.

Police took the news editor into custody for questioning, but he was later released with no word on whether charges have been laid.

Under the interim government's media decree, no organisation is allowed to be critical of the government.

Russel Hunter, a former editor-in-chief of the Fiji Sun who was expelled in 2008, has been monitoring the developments.

Speaking from Samoa, he's told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat, the move to detain the news editor has come as a surprise.

"It's difficult to see exactly what he's done to attract their attention, so to say," he said. "The website seemed to be following the rules, it was censored anyway like everything else. It is a bit of a mystery."

Meanwhile, the Australian-owned Fiji Times newspaper is officially up for sale after News Limited was told to off-load its interests in Suva.

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