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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rika saluted for 'moral' bravery

PINA says Fiji Times editor Netani Rika deserved this year's Media Freedom Award because of the constant threats he's been forced to live under since the 2006 coup.

Rika has been threatened repeatedly, his house has been firebombed, his car stoned and his family put at risk over the past two years.

"In spite of these cowardly attacks on him, and the censorship imposed on his newspaper by the military and the deportation of two of his publishers, he has demonstrated - both at a public and private level - a strong resolve to uphold journalistic principles," PINA said a statement.

"PINA salutes Netani Rika for his professional and moral integrity and the courage he displayed in being prepared to stand up publicly on his principles, knowing that his words were placing him at risk."

"PINA takes the opportunity to reiterate its condemnation of the extreme situation of media censorship now prevailing in Fiji. It calls on the provisional military government to lift immediately the emergency regulations under which journalists are prevented from doing their job and the Fiji public is kept informed."

4 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS NETANI RIKA AND FAMILY ! CONGRATULATIONS ! YES, CONGRATULATIONS ...YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE TO BE THE EYES, EARS, MIND, HEART AND VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IN FIJI AND THE PACIFIC DURING THESE TRYING TIMES. YOU ARE UNDER ATTACK BECAUSE YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST - BRILLIANT, ELOQUENT, INFORMED, PRINCIPLED, COURAGEOUS AND YOU HAVE ETHICAL STANDARDS !

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  2. Pity his oversea's boss's at Newscorp didn't (haven't)displayed the same dedication & commitment.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD BLESS YOU RIKA. MAY THE PEN CONTINUE TO BE MIGHTIER THAN THE GUNS!

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  4. "SAUL KILL 1000, DAVID KILL 10,000."
    VORE LIED TO 10,000, RIKA TRUTH TO 100,000."
    VORE THREATENS & INTIMIDATE, RIKA HUMBLES IN FAITH.
    VORE KILLS AND STEALS, RIKA HONESTLY EARNS AND GIVES.
    VORE TO HELL AND BURN, RIKA TO HEAVEN AND BLEST.

    THE KEYBOARD IS TRULY MIGHTIER THAN THE GUNS!

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