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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sayed-Khaiyum: "Commssioner of Police responsible for censoring of press and detainment of journalists"

Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that despite the detention of journalists, the censoring of the media and the constitution upheaval, life in Fiji is normal.

"Everything is normal, but foreign media probably want things not to be normal, including probably the governments of Australia and New Zealand," he told the ABC's Michael Vincent in an interview for AM.

"People are going about, doing their normal work, children are going to school, people are doing shopping, people are walking along the seawall, and things are normal."

Foreign journalists, including veteran ABC reporter Sean Dorney, have been expelled from the country and strict media censorship has been imposed.

"There has been one journalist - one journalist has been detained, and there's only two persons have been detained under the emergency regulations," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Another Fijian journalist, the editor of Fijilive news website, was taken into custody last night and questioned for a few hours.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he did not know about this situation.

He says under regulations, detaining journalists and censoring the media is not his decision, rather it is done by the Commissioner of Police.

"The regulations relate from the Public Safety Act, which was actually enacted by the British in Fiji in the 1950s, and has been with us, so it's not any new law," he said.

The ABC website

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