Fiji Constitutional Forum Want Freedom Of Information Bill Revived

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CCF helped draft bill before 2006 coup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 1, 2014) – Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum is moving to revive a bill on freedom of information as the new parliament prepares to sit for the first time next week.

The civil society group helped draw up a draft bill ten years ago but it never came to fruition due to the 2006 coup.

The Forum's CEO Akuila Yabaki says such a law was stipulated in the 1997 constitution but never implemented.

He says a freedom of information law is important as under the 2013 constitution access to information may be limited.

"And I think the fact that we've been hindered by newspaper censorship, media censorship all these years I think it will be a breath of fresh air, to be able to take this through and provide the framework for freedom of information into the future."

The Reverend Yabaki says now it's business as usual, CCF is looking forward to engaging critically with the government and the opposition.

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