Bula to our Fijian blogger friends (or why they might not be able to read this)
14 May 2007
While I spent my entire weekend surfing blogs and viewing satirical news clips on Youtube (vitamin D deficiency anyone???), our pacific island blog neighbors in Fiji look like being blocked from accessing the popular blog hosting service Blogspot by their interim military government.
Courtesy of Radio New Zealand…
Bloggers in Fiji claim that the military is putting pressure on the countryâ€™s international telecommunications provider to block access in Fiji to blogsites critical of the interim administration.
In a statement, a site calling itself Fijiâ€™s Freedom Bloggers says FINTEL has been contacted and army staff in charge of technology have reportedly visited the company.
The bloggers claim that a request is to be made to the head of FINTEL to curb access to their sites for Fiji internet users.
And, via the Brisbane Times…
Weblogs in Fiji have become a popular way for people to speak out about the government led by military chief Frank Bainimarama, who seized power on December 5 last year in a coup.
Not being able to read dissenting opinions especially when their mainstream newspaper The Fiji Times has already been compromised makes my biggest blog related problem of not being able to decide which WordPress theme I’m going to base our next blog design around seem as trivial as it really is.
I’m not going to pretend I know anything about politics or international diplomacy (apparently watching Yes, Minister DVDs is not as valuable as a Political Science degree). But I do think a quick email to your local Federal Member of Parliament will at least make sure they aware of the situation affecting our fellow bloggers.
If you feel strongly about blogging and an individual’s right to publish their opinion as well as their right to read a diverse source of information that exists in the blogosphere then find your MP and spend a couple of minutes writing an email to demonstrate that we live in a participatory democracy here in Oz.
Posted by Anthony at 09:30am 14/05/2007