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Behind the Fiji censorship: A comparative media regulatory case study as a prelude to the Easter putsch

Volume 15, Issue 2

October, 2009

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Robie, D. (2009). Behind the Fiji censorship: A comparative media regulatory case study as a prelude to the Easter putsch. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(2): 85-116.
‘Giving the people what they want’
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
October, 2009

On 10 April 2009, a military backed regime wrested total control of the Fiji Islands in what was arguably a fifth coup and imposed martial law. The then President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, abrogated the 1997 Constitution and dismissed the judiciary in response to a Court of Appeal ruling—by a bench of three Australian judgesthat the interim government of Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama established after the fourth coup in December 2006 was illegal. Bainimarama was reinstated, emergency regulationsincluding state censorshipwere decreed and elections were deferred until 2014.