Friday, February 12, 2010

US Criticize Fiji for Censorship & Intimidation of Media

San Francisco Examiner - 12 February 2010


GENEVA — The United States is criticizing Fiji's military government for censoring and intimidating the media.

A U.S. diplomat told the U.N.'s Human Rights Council on Thursday that Washington is "deeply concerned" about freedom of speech in the South Pacific island nation.

John C. Mariz said the U.S. is also concerned about the junta's decision last year to remove the judiciary after it declared the 2006 military coup unlawful.

Sainivalati S. Navoti, an official at Fiji's foreign ministry, rejected criticism of the country's legal system.

He said "the judicial machinery is functioning and its wheels are rotating independently."

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