Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We have reported previously on this blog about the sad situation in Fiji, where the military government suspended the constitution, fired all of the judges, revoked the law licenses of all of the lawyers in the country, banned certain public meetings, and imposed severe press censorship.
Radio Australia is reporting that interim leader Frank Bainimarama has now banned all government advertising in the Fiji Times, the country's national newspaper. The paper has been operating under the country's harsh censorship laws since April, but it has continued to criticize the restrictions on freedom of the press. The measure banning government advertising in the paper is intended to punish the paper financially. He also cancelled all of the government's subscriptions to the newspaper as well. The Fiji Times recently marked its 140th anniversary of publication.
Hat tip to Radio Australia and the East-West Center in Honolulu.