Saturday, January 30, 2010

Any negativity against regime treated as treason

Sai's Comments:

  • - Isa Noqu Viti, just where is the illegitimate regime taking you and its people?
  • - This latest decree confirms for all to see how punitive, repressive and vindictive the regime has become in its quest to terrorize the people to follow its will. Where will it all end and how far can the people of Fiji withstand these withering attacks on their freedom and livelihood as citizens?
  • - More importantly, what exactly are the motives behind these decrees other than the intention to shut out for good any semblance of opposition to the regime's illegal rule.
  • - How can anyone in their right mind ever support such an action? Yet we have Fijians in the regime who somehow appear totally oblivious to the acts of terrorism being perpetrated through these actions.
  • - Will such decrees ever stand up in any democratic and legally constituted courts? Never. Sadly though, what is now required from within and without Fiji is a Regime Change- similar to that in Iraq by the Coalition Forces. The state of the nation of Fiji and the terrorism now exacted on its citizens by the regime is no different, other than in scale, to that of Saddam Hussein in pre-invasion Iraq.
  • - The solution now for Fiji is nothing short than a full scale effort to throw out the regime there for the sake of the people of Fiji. It is time that sanctions against the regime be tightened further as current initiatives have only emboldened them to flex their muscle and poke their nose at those offering helpful advice and assistance. I am glad Australia and NZ are maintaining their stance on sanctions and other freedom loving nations must follow.
  • - Otherwise Fiji and its people will slowly but surely crumble under the weight of the restrictions placed on their freedom, dignity and self respect.

, JANUARY 30, 2010

Fiji's new Criminal Procedure Decree which comes into effect on Monday is more serious than it looks according to sources.

One part of the decree limits what the Fiji media can report on a criminal case.

Under Section 201 0f the Decree, the Fiji media can only report on the name of magistrate hearing the case, identity of the court, the name, age and occupation of the accused, the accused person’s lawyer and where the accused has been remanded or bailed.

Media reports can also include a summary of the offence with which the accused has been charged with.

The maximum fine for any media organization or journalist not abiding by the decree is $10,000.

Of more serious concern is under Chapter Three - Part 10 Criminal Offences.

Under subsection 65 Part 2 individuals and NGO's criticising Frank Bainimarama's regime are deemed to have committed treason and this is punishable by life imprisonment.

Under the decree, an individual will also be arrested at Nadi airport if they make criticisms against the interim government overseas.

The decree also states that any individual sending or communicating any negativity from overseas to Fiji or vice-versa or within Fiji is also guilty of sedition and faces life imprisonment

Apology: Criminal Decree story

Coupfourpointfive would like to apologise for the inaccurate story on the Criminal Decree that we've received criticism for.

The mistake was not intentional. We work under pressure and sometimes it can become too much.

It has now been corrected and we continue to strive for accuracy as best as we can.


1 comment:

Croz Walsh said...

Sai, Check out my blog. Coupfourpointfive had it all wrong. For the most part the Decrees merely replace Acts in place before the abroagation of the 1997 Constitution.
Best wishes, Croz