14 Mar 2007

Commonwealth Broadcasting Association dismayed by Fiji military's treatment of journalists

8:55 am on 14 March 2007

The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association says it is watching the media situation in Fiji with increasing anxiety and dismay.

In a statement released in London, the CBA says it notes particularly the detention of Robert Wolfgram and Mesake Koroi of the Daily Post, Netani Rika of Fiji Television and Steve McCully and certain of the Fiji Times reporting staff by the military.

The Association says it is unacceptable for senior newspaper and television officials to be taken into the army barracks for questioning.

It notes the Pacific Island News Association and the Fiji Media Council condemnation of the military's continued abuse of the constitution's Bill of Rights, which guarantees freedom of expression

The CBA says it supports the stand of the Media Council and of PINA and urges Commodore Bainimarama to ensure that media freedom can continue in Fiji.