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Fiji tries to ban any mention of the elections on the internet? Trying to enforce an unenforciable ban on social media……””If you put it on your website, if its accessible in Fiji, that’s where you fall into the boundaries of jurisdiction.”

Campaign blackout in effect

Shalveen Chand
Monday, September 15, 2014

THE blackout on campaigns and media reports on the general election is to allow voters to make up their mind on who they will vote for without undue influence which a campaign, commercial or report have, said the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.

“It is due to start at 7.30am tomorrow (today). The blackout period is a blackout on campaigns. It starts at 7.30am and ends at 6.00pm on September 17,” he said.

“During the blackout period, the media should not publish, print or broadcast any campaign advertisements.

“They should not interview or have debates on any election issue nor can there be any interview of any politician or political party.

“Under the decree, MIDA has allowed media to publish election information issued by the Fijian Elections Office.

“Media blackout also applies to social media and on the internet as well.”

For the general election, overseas journalists, including from Australia and New Zealand, have been given accreditation.

Mr Saneem told them if the material they publish can be accessed by people in Fiji, then they too were affected by the blackout period.

“The blackout applies if it is going to be covered in Fiji so as per the accreditation, you agreed to apply and respect the laws of the country.

“We expect everybody to adhere to that.

“If you put it on your website, if its accessible in Fiji, that’s where you fall into the boundaries of jurisdiction.

“You will have to decide how that will work.

“If your broadcast frequencies are in Fiji and are accessible in Fiji, then you will have to be careful about the reporting because there is a blackout period enforced in Fiji,” said Mr Saneem.

3 thoughts on “Fiji tries to ban any mention of the elections on the internet? Trying to enforce an unenforciable ban on social media……””If you put it on your website, if its accessible in Fiji, that’s where you fall into the boundaries of jurisdiction.”

  1. This web site is accessible in Fiji and I say a vote for Bai is a vote to legitimize coups…so people should vote for democracy, the rule of law, transparency, accountability. Enough is enough. If that is political campaign so be it.

    Trying stop the social media from talking about the election i just plain stupid.

  2. I agree with you 500% Ratu Sai. Please people, let us make a fresh start. Let us kick this dictator out. He is a liability we cannot afford to have. The longer he stays around, the more destruction he wreaks. The tragedy is that most of this destruction is not physical and therefore difficult to ascertain and quantify or measure. The deep wounds he causes in the hearts and minds of our people are largely invisible, but they are there nevertheless.

  3. Yeah your think social media crap , how Natives and other races poke each other racially , calling on their mothers cunt bitch and foul mouthed people make any differance to the hardworking people of fiji . D day , let people make their choice , whoever wins , will have responsibility to look after all people ..no choice fucken bad mouthed shit brain ulucakau sonalevu kawa ca na sona

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