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Fiji: Ruling Permits Publication of Any Government Information

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to a media report of October 19, 2007, a recent Fiji High Court decision permits Fiji media the freedom to publish any government or statutory body information regardless of how the information has been obtained. The only exception to this right is where the owners of the information are able to establish that publication is not in the public interest as provided for in the Fijian Constitution. This matter arises from the earlier decision of Justice Roger Coventry, who dissolved a temporary injunction granted to the National Provident Fund to prevent reporting by Fiji Television on an audit report by Ernest & Young on the National Provident Fund. (Fiji High Court Rules Fiji Media Has Freedom to Publish Information, RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL, Oct. 19, 2007, available at http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=35882.)