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All aboard the gravy train as SBY visits Fiji

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moved to shore up relations with Fiji this week amid growing rumblings across the Pacific about atrocities in West Papua, writes Fijian journalist Netani Rika.

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Has Bob Carr rolled over on Fiji too early?

Australia’s rebuilding of diplomatic ties with Fiji has taken some observers by surprise.Has Australia moved too quickly to still have any influence in Fiji’s proposed return to democratisation?

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WikiLeaks: US redlined Australia’s Fiji coup sanctions

A weekend WikiLeaks cable has shown that in 2006 the US pressured Australia and New Zealand to “not rush” full sanctions on Fiji’s newly installed dictator Frank Bainimarama’s regime, for fear of undermining the war effort in Iraq, writes Luke Miller.

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Fiji censorship like dark matter: impossible to see, but still there

Censorship is an almost all pervading thing; anything even slightly critical is blue-pencilled out of existence. But it’s what’s not there that’s most important, writes Michael Field.

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The Australian | LINKS|

Hartigan: Why we should fight The Fiji Times closure

It’s a sorry day for press freedom with the Fijian government forcing the sale of The Fiji Times, writes chairman of News Ltd — which publishes the paper, John Hartigan.

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New Matilda | JOURNALISM|

Stop press! Fiji’s censorship goes bananas

Fiji has announced an even further tightening of its strict media censorship, to lessen foreign ownership and positively depict Bainimarama’s regime. Is this an attempt to better control the Rupert Murdoch owned Fiji Times?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Hartcher: The unstoppable tropical mess of Fiji

Fiji’s military ruler Frank Bainimarama has gone rogue, officially severing diplomatic ties with Australia. We’ve responded by putting on aid sanctions. But since historically sanctions don’t bring about regime change, why bother? asks Peter Hartcher.

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Pacific.Scoop | ASIA-PACIFIC|

No sunshine for Fijian journalists

Fijian authorities are censoring and intimidating the media with ‘Gestapo-like’ tactics, including arrests and interrogations, finds a damning new report on Fiji released by Amnesty International, titled Fiji: Paradise Lost.

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Pacific.Scoop | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Hope for a reformed Fiji has gone, now it’s Bainimarama’s turn

With Fiji now suspended from the Commonwealth, it’s becoming even more apparent that Frank Bainimarama has failed to reform Fiji and his time as leader is numbered, writes Kalafi Moala.

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Radio Fiji | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Commonwealth suspends Fiji, but Fiji in denial

World news sources are reporting Fiji’s suspension from the Commonwealth, due to the military government not agreeing to democratic elections. However, no one seems to have told Fiji…

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discombobulated bubu | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Fiji no longer the ‘bula-bula-happy-clappy land’

Post Fiji’s 2006 military coup, the economy is collapsing, morale is low and leadership is a mess. “Fiji is on the same path that Burma and Zimbabwe and Nigeria went down”, writes discombobulated.

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Fiji unravels: the view from the blogosphere

The Fiji blogosphere chats about Frank Bainimarama’s fear of a coup within a coup of his 3 coups.

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