The Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry must put his money where his mouth is and name the bloggers he accuses of defaming him on Coupfourpointfive.
In a statement posted on its website, the FLP has accused this blogsite of gutter politicking. We regard this as a case of the pot calling the kettle black - something that Chaudhry is all to familiar with given his record of gutter level politics and mudslinging. We are thoroughly familiar with his political record as his lies are in the public domain.
The FLP statement, obviously authorised by Chaudhry, does not quote anyone except the party. Our stories are based on information provided by sources, an avenue that has been used in the past to great effect by Chaudhry.
In its statement, the FPL claims that Coupfourpointfive has become blatantly dishonest and biased. In the five months we've been operating (we came to life a few days after the abrogation of the Constitution on April the 10th), we have never received a press release or comment from either Chaudhry, the FLP or the National Farmers Union.
The e-mail address to this blogsite is readily available and has been used by countless others to tip us off or to vent, either about our stories or the state of affairs in Fiji.
People have even put their names to information as authentication and for the sake of credibility. We have decided not to reveal our sources, just as the latest FLP statement on its website fails to source its author/s.
We invite Chaudhry and the FLP to make use of our email address as others do, and make a direct comment on the critical issues facing the people of Fiji. Meanwhile, he would've seen that we analyse most statements and decrees of the dictatorship regime that he served for 18 months.
Likewise, we reserve the right to analyse his statements in view of his policies, practices and principles of the past, just as we analyse other statements, Decrees and actions of the interim regime and key players in Fiji's crisis. This has been our policy from day one.
But since the FLP claims to be quite aware of the authorship of a few "defamatory articles" of Chaudhry, we invite both him and the Labour Party to reveal the authorship as its website has threatened. We will publish the information if it is made officially and sent to us legitimately.
But we also assure Chaudhry, FLP and our readers that we will reveal evidence of Chaudhry's anti-Ratu Epeli Nailatikau comments, as well as those made against former Prime Minister and President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.
The ball is now in the court of Mahendra Chaudhry and the Labour Party.