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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fiji's junta leader chuffed at media decree progress

Fiji's junta leader, Voreqe Bainimarama, believes the country's media industry has a better appreciation of the government's interest in engaging with it after yesterday's public consultations on the proposed media decree.

He told the Auckland-based Radio Tarana today he was confident the discussions at the Holiday Inn in Suva, had helped industry stakeholders come to a better understanding of his government's aims.

Bainimarama said the government recognised the media's ability to shape public perception and the media, in turn, needed to appreciate where it was coming from.

"What the government is asking with this medica decree is for the media to take greater responsibility and ownership in shaping a new and modern Fiji ... to lay the foundations towards equality, fairneess and a greater degree of ethics and moral principles."

The self-appointed leader was unapologetic about the government's aims, considered harsh by many, and said those in the industry who were unhappy with the decree had to get over it.

"My message is for them to reconsider their position. They need to understand the big picture and how government wishes to engage with it to take the nation forward. Government cannot, and will not, allow vested interest to take over the national interest. The latter is paramount."

Bainimarama chuckled when he was asked about the future of the Australian-owned Fiji Times, under the proposed decree. He said: "That's a question for the Fiji Times to answer."

He went on to say: "The Fiji Times has to ask itself how is it contributing to Fiji's overall development?"

While the provisions in the proposed decree call for media organisations to be owned locally, Bainimarama insisted the regime wanted to attract investors to Fiji and it wanted them to succeed.

In the Tarana interview, he also maintained the decision to abrogate the constitution was that of the former president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, but proclaimed it was the right decision. He said it was neccessary to bring about a clean slate and to create an environment that would enable Fiji's growth and development.

Bainimarama said he was satisfied with the progress his government has made, in the face of many challenges.
"We have a fully independent judicial,  we have ensured law and order is in pplace and the focus is now on reform in the various sectors, in particular  the public service."

He said the government was working towards its election deadline of 2014 and a new and modern Fiji and that a new constitution was a prerequisite to those elections.


Anonymous said...

This picture of this man with the finger is not a coincidence. Whoever took the picture knows full well what that finger is. Its a freemason finger and he is talking like the first beast, moral, ethics, equality, fairness etc this is straight out of the supposed champion of morals, the beast himself from the vatican. Fijians must realise they are being globalised for the one world order. This man and his pack are all cattles used by the UN. They themselves are deceived into believing they are doing something good for Fiji. Fiji is being Babylonised.

TheMax said...

@ Anon

Bainimarama is giving you and this anti-government blogsite the finger. Very soon, even walking will be classified as a masonic symbol too.

Anonymous said...

@ 5:08pm ...While Nero was twiddling his thumb and wringing his sweaty palms, (excuse the pun) Rome was...?

Why dont YOU just fold up and die...as your cock and bull premised defeatist philosophy obviously implies!

Anonymous said...

@ 7.13 naaaahhhhh if anyone's been fingered Maxi it's you

Anonymous said...

MAx at 7.13 You'd better believe it when you are sitting on that finger you need Rome's approval for the man in the picture to shove it in.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 8.01 since you are so ignorant you should just go back to your village and plant food for your kawa. The whole world is moving in the direction it should go including Fiji. All roads lead to Rome. If you don't know that, all the more reason to go back to the village and stay ignorant. Teitei, eat, be happy and die.Don't worry about what the junta is doing. They are doing what they are supposed to do. If not Bainimarama, someone else will. Its not defeatist. Far from it. It tells you the end is near. Let the ignorant be ignorant still.

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Anonymous said...

@7.13 poor maxi, he thinks bainipyjamas and sayeth-so-it-goeth are going to be around 4eva. cometh the day. what you gonna do then maxi, say "i was never one of them, no, never, i always saw through them". cometh the day, eh.

Anonymous said...

@1.50pm... OH YOU ARE SO VERY VERY CLEVER...the all knowing prophet of DOOM is going KABOOM soon!!!!

You know, those who thump their noses at others nearly always fall flat on their faces. See in the village...in the cassava patch!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bloggers - beware of the Max's of this cyber world?

Don't get sucked in - respond.

Its not about him - its about them.

TheMax said...

@ anon 6.28 PM

Bainimarama and Khaiyum may not be around forever but they surely are here now. In my case, I wouldn't care less come the day they are gone because I believe that what they are trying to do now is right for the long term stability of Fiji. Lastly, don't forget we are still here and nobody knows what the constitution will be like when it is written so don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Anonymous said...

Anything they write - any laws they pass - including the constitution - 99 year leases - anything else you can think of?Won't be worth the paper there written on.

Once this gangs gone - so will all the above.

TheMax said...

@ Anon 10.22 AM

You still don't get it. Please stop the wishful thinking because by the time Bainimarama and Khaiyum are gone, you may be gone too. Haven't you been listening to what Bainimarama is saying? The military will ensure that any new party that comes in to rule Fiji after election 2014 will have to follow what the new constitution says. I foresee that most of these decrees will be written into the constitution then so their definitely will be no way a new government can remove them. As the architect and guarantor of the new Fiji constitution, the RFMF will surely have a prominent role in the future governance of this country. I also hope they do to because they are really doing a fine job now. So stop all your wishful thinking folks.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too sure about that. The world constitution has already been drafted in Washington. Anon at 7.31 how is your cassava patch?

Discombobulated Bubu said...

TheMax please do us all a favour and go suck a lemon.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 6.57pm. I was just going to ask you the same!

Washington or Wishington? Or perhaps Maddington?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 6.57pm...well I never but I do think we agree on one thing at last! The MAX's new constitution - totally useless and not worth the effort!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not here to agree with you just to enlighten your mind. Its too boxed in.