13 May 2009

Censorship of Fiji media could continue indefinitely, says regime

7:08 pm on 13 May 2009

The censorship of the media in Fiji could continue indefinitely.

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Information, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni says the government's censorship of news could continue if media organisations do not learn to comply with directives from the Ministry of Information.

The Lieutenant Colonel told Fiji Live that if he had the choice he would leave the controls in place for the next five years and the media should not expect to go back to reporting the way it had before the public emergency regulations were introduced on April 10.

He says the government has seen "good" results since the controls were enforced over the media and wants to continue to drive news coverage in that direction.

He reiterated that Fiji's news media had an "irresponsible" bent by constantly focusing on the negative and carrying one-sided and sensationalised stories.

The public emergency regulations have been extended for another 30 days from May 10.