2 Jan 2013

Fiji hacking fear prompts constitution release on blogs

11:07 am on 2 January 2013

The Fiji Constitution Commission has defied the military regime and begun distributing the draft constitution through blogs and NGOs amid fears its website is being hacked.

The Fiji military says the dissemination of the draft is illegal and police have seized printed copies of the documents last month but to date no charges have been laid against the Commission's chair, Kenyan academic Yash Ghai.

According to Professor Ghai the distribution ban is illegal and he has therefore decided to disseminate the draft and the accompanying explanatory report via NGOs and blogs.

A Fiji-based Commission member, Peni Moore, says the draft will not go onto its website as earlier announced.

"There is concern that people have been affecting the webpage and getting onto the website. So therefore we've given it out to other NGOs and people like that so that they can access and pass the constitution around."

Peni Moore.

Professor Ghai says in none of the nearly 20 constitution making process in which he has been involved, or others that he has studied, has the commission been told not to publish the draft constitution.

He says the position of the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is extraordinary, and hard to understand.