9 Dec 2009

Fiji regime renews emergency powers to maintain media gag

1:00 pm on 9 December 2009

Government restrictions on public gatherings and the media in Fiji have been extended for another month.

Fijilive reports that the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has extended the public emergency regulations in a government gazette for another 30 days, effective from December 3.

The regulations have been continuously extended since they came into force on April the 10th following the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution.

No reason has been given for the need to renew the emergency regulations but the interim regime has said they maintain calm 'during trying times.'

The regulations give the police and the military wide ranging powers to detain anyone they feel is a threat to security, and give the government powers to censor the media.