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Blogger suspended from government job for criticising military

(RSF/IFEX) - The authorities announced the suspension of a finance ministry official on 14 September 2007 for criticising the military government in blog posts. The announcement came eight days after the military proclaimed a state of emergency to prevent the return from exile of former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, who is accused of inciting the military government's overthrow.

Charges were previously brought against another government employee, Filipe Nagera, on 31 May because of blog posts critical of the military. The army commander, Col. Pita Driti, said at the time that he would continue to go after anti-government bloggers. "People should realise that certain freedoms have to be restricted, including freedom of expression," he said.

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