#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Censors suppress corruption news against regime appointee

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Censors suppress corruption news against regime appointee

Censors from Fiji's Ministry of Information have ordered the media to not report details of a Fiji Islands Revenue & Customs Authority manager facing corruption charges.

This is despite the fact that the FIRCA manager was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

Vimal Krishna was charged by FICAC for allegedly conspiring with another officer to defraud FIRCA of $10,000. He was charged with conspiracy to commit felony and abuse of office.

A press release posted on FIRCA website stated the details of the case and Krishna's appearance in the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday.

But the local media had no mention of the story and sources have told us just like the arrest of Nasinu Town Council Administrator Meli Bogileka for drink driving was not reported upon the directive of the censors, this alleged fraud news was censored also by the interim regime.

Coupfourpointfive has been told the Information Ministry headed by Permanent Secretary Neumi Leweni forgets that the FIRCA website contains press releases containing details about those facing alleged corruption charges.

Sources say the action by the censors is a clear signal that any alleged corruption unearthed by the regime's own organisation FICAC - widely hailed as the regime's pride - against any officer of the regime will be suppressed under censorship as a result of Public Emergency Regulations.

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