27 Apr 2009

Media workshop moved from Fiji

12:22 pm on 27 April 2009

A UNESCO-funded media workshop that was supposed to held in Suva has been moved to Samoa, because of media censorship in Fiji.

The workshop, organised by the Pacific Freedom Forum, was arranged to coincide with World Media Freedom Day on 3 May.

Forum president Susuve Laumaea says the workshop would have discussed censorship of the media, especially in Fiji, and how to deal with it.

The workshop was to start on Monday. It has now been delayed until Wednesday.

Journalists from around the Pacific, including three from Fiji, will attend the five-day event.

Reporters in Fiji have been warned not to write anti-government stories and have been told the Public Emergency Regulations could be extended if they do.