Fiji Culture

Fiji Culture and Mass Media

Newspapers in Fiji

According to CHEEROUTDOOR.COM, Fiji is a country located in Oceania. Fiji’s largest daily newspaper, Fiji Times (edition: 34,000 copies), was founded in 1869. The newspaper is in English, but the same company also publishes the weekly newspaper Nai Lalakai (18,000 copies) on fiji. According to PAYHELPCENTER.COM, there are also about 15 newspapers and magazines published in English, Fiji and Hindi. Since the military coup in 1987, there has been press censorship, and several newspapers have occasionally been withdrawn.

State-controlled Radio Fiji (founded in 1954) broadcasts in three channels. According to PHARMACYLIB.COM, there are also some advertising radio stations. Television is made up of capital from, among other things, New Zealand. In 1994, the private Fiji Television was established, which broadcasts in its own channel and three subscription channels. There are 681 radio and 113 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).


According to CALCULATORINC, a lot of old cultural patterns still live in Fiji, despite Western and Christian influence. The social life of the Fijians is characterized by social hierarchies based on family and family ties.

Traditional crafts come into use in connection with festivals and ceremonies, when chiefs, for example, are “crowned” or married. Then, among other things, “masi” is made, fabric made from bark from mulberry trees.

According to PHILOSOPHYNEARBY.COM, the Fijians realize the value of culture for the tourism industry. Special villages and marketplaces have been set up to attract tourists with traditional crafts and dance and music performances.

Among the Indo-Fijians, many Indian customs are still alive. This applies not least to Hindu traditions, such as wedding ceremonies and ritual self-talk. The big Hindu light festival diwali (dipavali) is a holiday in Fiji.

The written literature gained a boost after the founding of the first university in 1968, partly through the writing courses conducted there.

In 2013, the UN agency Unesco awarded Fiji’s first capital Levuka a world heritage site for its “outstanding example of a Pacific port city of the 19th century”. It was the first time Fiji contributed to the World Heritage list.



The President remains

Acting President Epeli Nailatikau gets his term extended by three years.


The former prime minister is sentenced to prison

Elected Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, who was deposed in the military coup in 2006, is sentenced to one year in prison for corruption in the 1990s.


Diplomatic relations are restored

According to PHYSICSCAT.COM, since Frank Bainimarama, coup maker and self-proclaimed prime minister, has confirmed plans to hold elections in 2014, Australia and New Zealand are restoring their diplomatic relations with Fiji.


The state of emergency is canceled

The Government declares that the emergency permit introduced in April 2009 will be revoked.



The annual meeting of the Methodist Church is stopped

The government bans the Methodist Church from holding its annual conference and accuses the church’s leadership of interfering with the country’s politics. According to POLITICSEZINE.COM, the Methodist Church has on several occasions criticized the military junta who took power in 2006.



Eight men are convicted of attempted murder

Eight men are sentenced to imprisonment for between three and seven years for attempting to assassinate the country’s leader Frank Bainimarama in 2007. Critics claim the defendants have not received fair trials.



Fiji is suspended from the Commonwealth

According to SOFTWARELEVERAGE.ORG, political developments in the country after the 2006 military coup led to Fiji being expelled from the Commonwealth, which brings together the United Kingdom and former British colonies.


The President resigns

President Iloilo resigns and is temporarily replaced by Vice President Epeli Nailatikau.

New constitution must be written

According to PROGRAMINGPLEASE.COM, Fiji’s political leader Frank Bainimarama says that the country will have a new constitution in 2013 and that elections will be held in 2014. The new constitution will abolish the ethnically based system (see Political system).


Fiji is excluded PIF

Fiji is excluded from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) following the regime’s announcement that the election will be postponed for several years (see April 2009).


An emergency permit is introduced

President Iloilo repeals the constitution, dismisses all judges, says elections should not be held until 2014 and before an emergency permit.

The military coup is declared illegal

A court declares the military coup (see December 2006) illegal and requires a new prime minister to be appointed to announce elections. The self-proclaimed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama took power in a military coup in December 2006.


Requirements for elections before the turn of the year

According to THERELIGIONFAQS.COM, a number of leaders for the countries in Oceania demand that Fiji hold general elections before the end of 2009/2010.

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