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Government censors press in Fiji, claims editor

Written by Skye Doherty

The editor of one of Fiji’s main daily newspapers has told an overseas audience that government control of the media has resulted in major news stories being suppressed on the orders of military and police censors. Last week the interim government confirmed it would extend emergency regulations for another 30 days, including official censorship under which military and police personnel are stationed in newsrooms to approve all items before they’re published.

Also last week, Fiji Times editor Netani Rika was at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He told a meeting of journalism students they should never take their freedoms for granted.

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