Last Updated: May 20, 2007 - 6:42:51 PM

NZ Bloggers Support Fijian Counterparts
By Fiji Times
May 20, 2007 - 6:37:31 PM

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The NZ bloggers are also calling on the New Zealand government to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the regime's acts of violence and censorship against this nonviolent, grassroots blogging movement.

The Fijian military regime has declared anonymous pro-democracy bloggers to be a "threat to national security" and have attempted to block Fijian access to common hosting sites such as

In the emailed statement, David Haywood of blog spot Public Address, said he was asked by other New Zealand bloggers to extend their assistance to Fijian bloggers.

"In support of the right to freedom of expression, a group of New Zealand bloggers are now offering access to their own websites for Fijian residents," the statement said.

The group is composed of prominent New Zealand bloggers from across the political spectrum, including writers of Just Left, Kiwiblog, No Right Turn, NZBC, Public Address, and Spanblather.

They have agreed to publish guest articles by Fijian bloggers, and where possible will provide hosting on their servers for Fijian blogs.

The group is also calling on other members of the New Zealand online community with an interest of freedom of speech (such as Scoop,, and Stuff) to make a similar offer of material support for Fijian bloggers.

"Fijian bloggers wishing to make use of this offer should make contact with New Zealand bloggers through one of their listed websites," Haywood said.

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