3 May 2011

Fiji's ECREA continues to push for end of emergency rules

1:55 pm on 3 May 2011

Fiji's Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy says it will continue its efforts to have the Public Emergency Regulations lifted.

ECREA's comment comes as the world marks Press Freedom Day.

It says the regulations, which impose censorship on journalists and media agencies, hinder media freedom.

ECREA's director, Joseph Camillo, says the interim government imposed the PER in 2009 and promised it would be lifted once the media decree was issued nearly a year ago.

"We're still pushing for the PER to be removed. I know there's issues of waiting for development work on the constitution, the electoral reforms and national dialogue. For us, ECREA, we need more relevant stories, balanced views coming across to the communities."

Joseph Camillo says a free press is vital in bringing a more cohesive, dynamic and vibrant nation.