Friday, September 10, 2010

No freedom of speech in Fiji

Back in June, the Fijian dictatorship imposed a new media decree, barring media organisations (defined in the broadest possible terms) from publishing any material which undermines the regime. The aim was to ensure a silent, compliant press which would not criticise the regime or its poor governance. But that apparently wasn't enough. The dictatorship has now decided that the Fiji Labour Party's website is a "media organisation", and that they therefore require permission before issuing press releases [PDF]. What next? They'll be demanding people seek approval before talking to people in the street?

[Hat-tip: Coup 4.5]