By Lisa Lahari-Williams - email@example.com
A new report from Amnesty International says the increasing use of sedition charges against journalists in Fiji is restrictive and politically motivated.
Fiji Times staff during their trial in December 2017. Photo/ Jona Konataci.
The group's global human rights update looks at media freedom, free speech and freedom of assembly across 159 countries.
Its findings claim recent sedition charges against the Fiji Times are aimed at silencing independent media.
Amnesty International's Acting Executive Director Meg de Ronde hopes Pacific leaders read and act on the report findings.
"Certainly something that we need to be aware of in the Pacific is that we've seen a wide range of countries across the world restrict human rights and we've seen the people stand up and demand that they stop."
"When we're looking at countries in the Pacific including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, people power is really going to be something governments need to pay attention to."
Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Australia and New Zealand were also included in the study.