Pacific Media Watch

1 August 2010

FIJI: Fijilive still offline after questioning of news editor

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Fijilive's news editor Richard Naidu. Photo: FBC
Online news pioneer left out of new Fiji media register

SUVA: Leading independent web-based Fiji news service was still offline early today after police questioned its news editor.

Fijilive was left off the new media registry and its news outlet has a whiteout with a two-word message - "website unavailable".

Fijilive logoAccording to state-run Fiji Broadcasting Corporation News, police released Fijilive news editor Richard Naidu yesterday after questioning him overnight Friday about a story published on the website on Thursday.

FBC News reported Naidu was taken in on Friday by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The radio network said in a story bylined by Elenoa Osborne:

Director CID Adi Sen says they questioned Naidu overnight and released him at about 11am today [Saturday].

Naidu was questioned over a story alleging the suspension of the Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni.

Police say the story was incorrect.

Fiji’s Public Emergency Regulations remain in place.

On Friday, the Fiji military-backed government named media groups that had registered as required under the new Fiji Media Industry Development Decree 2010 - but Fijilive was surprisingly not included.

The membership of the new Media Industry Development Authority was also named. - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch

* See PMW item 6934

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