24 Mar 2010

Fiji interim regime confirms four-year church meeting ban

4:40 pm on 24 March 2010

The Fiji interim regime has confirmed that the ban of the annual Methodist Church conference will stand for another four years.

According to the Fijivillage website, the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, restated his decision at a meeting with about 130 church leaders.

The ban was first issued in January and a month later it was expanded to also ban the Methodists' divisional and quarterly meetings.

The latest extension comes as the regime has said it will ease its emergency rule once a new Media Decree has been released.

The decree is to replace the censorship rules which the regime put in place in April last year.