Fiji regime: Media may face prolonged censorship

Fiji's military government warned Wednesday that news censorship and controls over the country's media could be extended indefinitely. "At the moment you can say it is censorship," government spokesman Lt. Col. Neumi Leweni told the Fijilive news Web site. "If I was given the choice, I'd leave it there for the next five years." The regime posted censors in newsrooms last month as it extended its grip on power in the South Pacific country, and has forced publishers to supply "positive" news and barred criticism of the government and its actions.