The shamlessly pro-regime newspaper, the Fiji Sun, is now advising the illegal Fiji government to lodge a complaint to the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority against two highly respected New Zealand journalists, Michael Field and Barbara Dreaver (both on Fiji’s prohibited lists), for their reporting of the outbreak of typhoid in Fiji.
We say to the Fiji Sun that instead of sucking up to the regime, and acting as media policemen, the paper should fight the regime’s obnoxious media decree which has censored the true extent of the outbreak of the typhoid.
The Fiji Sun Editorial
The Government might want to consider lodging complaints with the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority and New Zealand Press Council over misrepresentations about the Navosa typhoid outbreak.
Reports by Michael Field (for the major Fairfax New Zealand group of newspapers) and Barbara Dreaver (for Television New Zealand) have without doubt hurt our tourism industry.
Mr Field and Ms Dreaver like to portray themselves as experienced reporters on Pacific Islands affairs. Experienced maybe. Always accurate? Maybe not.
Mr Field suggested tourists were under threat. TVNZ suggested Navosa was somehow part of the Coral Coast tourism area.
The facts are there is a typhoid outbreak and the Government through the Ministry of Health have been very open and clear in their warnings about this. But to link something happening in interior Navosa to the tourism areas is misrepresenting the facts.
Both Mr Field and Ms Dreaver have previously been found at fault by the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority in other complaints from the Pacific Islands.
Maybe it’s time for more. We must fight back against negative reporting like this which threatens to damage an industry as important to our nation as tourism.