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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pro-regime media gives prominence to dictator

Fiji's pro-regime media namely State owned Radio Fiji and private Legend FM are continuing to give prominence and prime air time to dictatorship regime's head Frank Bainimarama and Permanent Secretary for Information Neumi Leweni to mis-inform the people of Fiji regarding the circumstances surrounding the arrest and detention of Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa and the leadership of Methodist Church.

Radio Fiji and Communications Fiji Ltd - which operates five radio stations - two Hindi, two English and one Fijian station, have completely succumbed to censorship and allow the regime air time to state blatant lies and provide misinformation.

The Fiji Sun under the leadership of Peter Lomas sold its independence to the regime a few weeks before the imposition of the new legal order on 10th April and its daily editions glorify Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and other regime leaders in return for advertisements.

Both radio Fiji and Legend FM still say that Ro Teimumu and the Church leaders are being questioned by police. There is no mention of them being detained by the military or initially the police in Ro Teimumu's case. Both radio stations reported this morning that all four are being questioned by police.

The last shreds of neutrality, independence and impartiality of the Fiji Sun, Radio Fiji and Communications Fiji Ltd have well and trully gone with their decision to allow the regime absolute freedom to bombard innocent citizens with abuse and accusations and refusing to take the victims' side of the story in an attempt to try and get them aired or even for the censors to reject it.

6 comments:

Son of Fiji said...

What's all this? Sour grapes? Just because the media companies you have mentioned, and the journalists who work for them, actually make an effort to go out an get a balanced story - you guys kick up a stink!

Oh the irony.

The majority of Fiji knows these "Men of God" are wolves in sheeps clothing. We're sick of the trouble they caused 22 years ago. The trouble they caused 9 years ago. And the trouble they're trying to cause now.

In fact, if all of you had even practised a shred of this neutrality, independence and impartiality that you're trying to harp on about, before the abrogation, perhaps we wouldn't have to go through all this PER nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Oh the irony indeed. It's what happens when non-politicians play politics and institutions that should be non-partisan become politiciesd.
Far better to just have a duly elected government that has some degree of legitimacy.

Anonymous said...

You kick up a stink about those organisations that have been giving the self appointed leaders more than their fair share of air time.
But have you asked why are they doing this?
And no it's not all about the money.
They are doing it to at least let the people of Fiji know what is happening.
I ask you who broke Ro Teimumu's story?
One of the organisation's you are so quick to berate!!!!
How did the international community know? Because it was read in a local paper or heard on radio who also have online editions.
At least they are doing something. And they have to work on the frontline, unlike some who I shall not mention who resort to hiding themselves and writing unbalanced reports on blogs.
If you take time to read the stories or at least hear the news items you will find more than is actually mentioned in the headlines.
So please don't judge a book by its cover....you have to read the book before you know what is happening.
There are many ways to skin a cat and if you don't know what I'm talking about then you have not worked in the local media industry.

Anonymous said...

Son of Fiji is sounding like so of Bainimarama. He is prepared to sell himself for 30 pieces o silver like so many in the last 22 years. If the Church leaders have learnt rom their misakes of the past, then whats wrong with it. Or is the son of Bainimarama saying if others defecated 22 years ago and 9 years ago, it is okay for him to defecate and eat it as well. He must be morev than a bootlicker to become irritated by th truth.

Anonymous said...

To the two who posted above:
he principle of human rights is that everyone deserves their rights and freedoms to be protected. The clergy, ordinary folks, good and bad politicians and yes, military coupsters. That is the principle of equality under the law. That's why even criminals with a lot of previous convictions should be given the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty for every fresh charge that they face!

The point above is that the freedom of expression and in particular, to have a free and independent media has been violated through the media censorship imposed by the PER. Censorship is an assault on such a fundamental right. No matter who is at the receving end of a human rights violation, that person's rights should be protected. You never know who's next. It could be you, your sister, brother, father, mother....

Even Bainimarama, when he finally faces the music for what he's done deserves to be treated with dignity and his rights need to be protected. He deserves an independent judge to preside over his case, lawyers etc. That is what democracy and the rule of law stand for!!

Finally, I believe that whatever we do on this earth, we will answer for it on the day of judgement. The Talatala's will, Bainimarama will, Qarase & his colleagues will! God Bless Fiji.

Anonymous said...

I have always wondered what the methodist church's plan for the literally hundreds of thousands of non-Christians living in the country?