#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Fiji Times goes without for a second day

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fiji Times goes without for a second day

For the second day in a row, Fiji's oldest newspaper has chosen to hit the streets without its usual political coverage.

The paper yesterday ran with a blank page 2 - usually reserved for political stories - and minus the cartoon, in reaction to the military regime's decision to apply heavy handed censoring.

Today, the paper has stayed with its decision to run without, rather than print stories that have been censored by the Ministry of Information.

Its lead story is about more pedestrian issues - the Government's lease agreements with the diplomatic missions from around the region.

Fiji TV also pulled its six o'clock news yesterday because of the hardline censorship rules.

Meanwhile, Fijivillage is reporting the Ministry sent letters to news directors advising them, that stories published cannot be anti-government.

Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is quoted as saying he wants the news to be pro-Fiji.

Fijivillage also says Major Leweni has made it clear that it will be no use to sit down with the Fiji Media Council to discuss the presence of Ministry of Information officers and police officers in newsrooms.

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