4 May 2009

Fiji regime paranoid, says law society

5:04 pm on 4 May 2009

The president of Fiji's Law Society says the extension of regulations curtailing media freedom is unnecessary, and shows the military regime is paranoid.

The interim regime announced on Friday that the regulations, which were due to expire on 10 May, will remain in place until early June.

The regulations outlaw political meetings, and allow the Information Ministry to censor local media.

Fiji's Law Society president Dorsami Naidu says the regime is shutting down any dissent and there is no justification for the regulations. Mr Naidu says the situation is very unpredictable at the moment.

On Saturday, the Pacific Islands Forum confirmed it had suspended Fiji for failing to set an acceptable election date.