Friday, May 18, 2007

Fiji: a war on freedom of speech

Fiji's military regime has detained and allegedly beaten another suspected blogger, and the military now seems to regard itself as involved in a "war" against its critics. Meanwhile, today's Fiji Times editorial says it all with their comment that "a government comfortable with its behaviour would have been seen the criticism as a nuisance to be ignored". But its been clear for a while that the regime isn't comfortable with its behaviour - or rather, that it knows that there are an awful lot of Fijians who aren't. Their solution - detention and beatings - seems likely to exacerbate that problem rather than solve it.