Coupfourpointfive's sources in Canberra say the newly- appointed media decree chairman Satendra Nandan is an Australian citizen.
The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum had told the press conference (June 28, 2010) that he has appointed Nandan as the Chairperson of the New Media Development Authority.
‘Dr Nandan is a person that is well known and would be the best person suitable for the job. Dr Nandan will head the six member, authority and he is someone who comes with a lot of experience,’ said Khaiyum.
Khaiyum did not mention the Fiji born Nandan’s citizenship status. Nandan spent years in Canberra before returning to Fiji after the 2006 coup.
He called the coup ‘lesser of the two evils’ and joined in the formulation of the Peoples Charter.
Nandan’s appointment is another example of rank hypocrisy practised by the present regime – on the one hand Khaiyum is demanding that the Australian owned Fiji Times must be 90 per cent locally owned, and in the next breath, if we are to believe our reliable sources, he has appointed an ‘Australian citizen’ to become the new media policeman.
It appears the military junta has begun appointing people with dual citizenship (Sharon Smith-John) in senior positions to escape the travel bans.
Satendra Nandan could not be reached for comment.