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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Columnists affected by heavy censorship

The heavy media censorhip in Fiji is now taking its toll on columnists.

The column of Kamal Iyer was noticably missing from the Fiji Times on Saturday, April the 18th.

Mr Iyer has been one of the strongest critics of Mahendra Chaudhry, Frank Bainimarama and the interim regime.

His last column appeared on page 12 of the Fiji Times on April the 11th, titled "At the crossroads".

The item looked at Sangam and Sanatan Conventions and the stern test the leadership of both organisations would face in future, in unifying not only their respective membership but all communites.

It's believed the opinion was not political and conformed to the Emergency Regulations.

Coupfourpointfive understands the Fiji Times has adopted a policy of not entertaining any political stories from all sides while the Regulations are in place.

A long-time reader of Mr Iyer's column says he was disappointed not to see it and wondered if Mr Aiyer had lost his appetite for writing or like Thakur Ranjit Singh, could not think of a topical issue of interest that affects people's lives.

The reader referred to an article on Thursday April the 16th, where the New Zealand based columnist wrote about withcraft.

In an email to Coupfourpontfive, the reader asked if Mr Iyer, like Mr Singh, possesses a one track mind and is unable to write about anything except Bainimarama, Chaudhry and the interim regime.

The reader went on to say Mr Singh could have written on any topic like sugar industry (quote: he is from Ba as he says) but chose not to and suggested it was because he clearly could not shift gears from singing the praises of the Bainimarama regime.

Editor's note: Coupfourpontfive is not sure of the background to the placing of the witchcraft article by Thakur Ranjit Singh and has been unable to reach Kamal Iyer.

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