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Fiji picks up from where Helen Clark left off.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 26, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Fiji picks up from where Helen Clark left off.
Monday, 14.05.2007, 08:02pm (GMT12)

Claims Fiji military trying to close down blogs

By MICHAEL FIELD – Fairfax Media | Friday, 11 May 2007


Fiji military are said to be trying to block public access in the country to three high profile web blog-sites set up since December’s coup.

The sites, intelligensiya, resistfrankscoup and fijishamelist have often published detailed inside information on the senior figures in the military government.

Lately some have published colourful claims about the private lives of top officers.

Fiji Military head Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama overthrew the government in December and later declared himself prime minister.

In an email to readers, Intelligensiya this morning said they had “credible information” that the military was trying to pull the plug on access. Their soldiers were said o be at the Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd (FINTEL) office this morning.

The other blogs have also reported similar claims.

FINTEL is 51 per cent Fiji Government owned with Cable and Wireless of Britain holding the rest of the shares. It is the sole Internet provider into Fiji for the public although the regional University of the South Pacific has its own alternative connections.

The military had no comment on the claims today but yesterday Colonel Pita Driti, the number three officer, said they were working on tracking down the blog authors.

He told the Fiji Times they were spreading “lies against us and members of the interim regime”.

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