Fiji

Country Fiji
Capital Suva
Continent Australia-Oceania
Currency Fijian dollar(FJD)
Languages English, Fijian & Fiji Hindi

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Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and refused to hold elections.

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Media censorship condemned as Fiji Times acquitted - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Media censorship condemned as Fiji Times acquitted
Radio New Zealand
The not guilty verdict in the Fiji Times sedition trial has been called a victory for free speech but it's feared the legacy of media censorship remains. The High Court in Fiji ruled yesterday that the newspaper, its publisher, two editors and a letter ...
Fiji Times Four 'relieved' sedition newspaper freedom ordeal is overAsia Pacific Report
Judge Acquits All In Fiji Times CaseFiji Sun Online
Court acquits Times, fourFiji Times

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Fiji Times newspaper executives cleared of sedition over controversial letter - ABC Online

ABC Online

Fiji Times newspaper executives cleared of sedition over controversial letter
ABC Online
Fiji's High Court has found three executives of The Fiji Times newspaper and another man not guilty of sedition. The four men, and the newspaper itself, were charged with sedition over a letter published in the indigenous language publication Nai ...
Fiji finds 4 not guilty of sedition in media freedom caseWashington Post
Fiji Times four found not guilty of seditionRadio New Zealand

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Sugar on the table of talks between EU and Fiji - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Sugar on the table of talks between EU and Fiji
Radio New Zealand
Frank Bainimarama said Fiji was deeply appreciative of past financial assistance granted by the EU helping the Fijian sugar cane industry become more competitive and giving cane farmers easier access to sugar mills by upgrading roads. But he said there ...
EU-Fiji Cotonou talks beginFiji Times

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Webb Ellis Departs Fiji - Fiji Sun Online

Japan Today

Webb Ellis Departs Fiji
Fiji Sun Online
Rugby greatest prize, the William Webb Ellis Cub departed Fiji shores for Hong Kong and China, yesterday. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said it was once again a defining moment in Fiji's sporting history. “Rugby is a fundamental and ...
Fiji's future generations inspired by the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy TourJapan Today

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Following a Tuna from Fiji to Brooklyn—on the Blockchain - WIRED

WIRED

Following a Tuna from Fiji to Brooklyn—on the Blockchain
WIRED
Five minutes earlier, I saw a video showing the waters in Fiji where it was caught, where it traveled on ice, and how exactly it ended up inside a sushi hand roll. The massive yellowfin tuna had been tracked across the globe via the Ethereum blockchain.



EU and Fiji officials meet for Cotonou dialogue in Suva - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

EU and Fiji officials meet for Cotonou dialogue in Suva
Radio New Zealand
Fiji and European Union officials are meeting today in Suva for discussions that will feature human rights issues. It's the latest round of dialogue between Fiji and the EU under the Cotonou Agreement signed in 2000 between Europe and the African, ...
3800 foreigners granted Fiji citizenshipFiji Times

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Fiji's future generations inspired by the RWC 2019 Trophy Tour - Rugby World Cup 2019 (press release) (blog)

Rugby World Cup 2019 (press release) (blog)

Fiji's future generations inspired by the RWC 2019 Trophy Tour
Rugby World Cup 2019 (press release) (blog)
Exciting the next generation of Flying Fijians, the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour received high praise from Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, who said: “The Rugby World Cup 2019 theme of 'unity' is universal and cherished in Fiji.



Kevin Naiqama: St Helens sign Fiji captain from Wests Tigers for ... - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Kevin Naiqama: St Helens sign Fiji captain from Wests Tigers for ...
BBC Sport
St Helens sign Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama from NRL side Wests Tigers on a three-year deal starting in 2019.
St Helens sign Fiji captain Kevin NaiqamaSkySports
Saints sign Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama | St Helens StarSt Helens Star

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Fiji govt defends planned private hospital partnership - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

Fiji govt defends planned private hospital partnership
Radio New Zealand
... said the project was welcomed by health staff as a big step forward in improving the quality of care and access to health services. Earlier, the Fiji Nurses Association and the Public Services International union expressed concern about the planned ...
CID to handle probeFiji Times

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Fiji charges newspaper, journalists with sedition - CPJ Press Freedom Online

CPJ Press Freedom Online

Fiji charges newspaper, journalists with sedition
CPJ Press Freedom Online
New York, May 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Fiji authorities to drop sedition charges against the weekly Fiji Times, three newspaper executives, and an opinion columnist. A High Court judge tomorrow will make a final ...

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