SUVA: Leading independent web-based Fiji news service Fijilive.com 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".
According 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