23 Jul 2009

Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development meeting underway in Fiji

11:56 am on 23 July 2009

An international broadcasting conference is being held in the Fiji town of Nadi despite emergency regulations restricting free speech.

The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development meeting is being supported by the Fiji information ministry which administers the regime's censorship.

Dubravka Voloder reports.

"The four-day event appears to be the first recent major gathering to go ahead without the interim regime vetting speeches or dumping speakers for fear of having its legitimacy questioned. It allowed the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to explain the censorship rules imposed by his regime. Ken Clark of Fiji TV says the conference has provided an opportunity for the media to talk to the interim government. The AIDB leadership could not be reached for comment about the challenges of media development under emergency rule."