#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: A Sad Day in Fiji's History

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Sad Day in Fiji's History

By Suliasi Daunitutu

The media decree is now in force and with it has come a lot of emotions which reflect negatively on the professionalism of the illegal Bainimarama government (IBG), or more appropriately explained as “the continuing weakening of the Fijian Democratic structure” by the illegal Bainimarama government (IG).

The documents released by the Attorney General, we cannot help but notice, as in the past press releases how the IG has put great effort in trying to legitimise itself with the mention of approval by the illegal cabinet, gazetting and commencement date issued by the illegal Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, the Cabinet, the Attorney General (AG) and the document released are all illegal.

In time as we read through the decree and ultimately see the industry be policed by the ill conceived statute, we will undoubtedly arrive at the same conclusion, that the decree was another mechanism put in place to guarantee their (IG) own safety. The AG went on to say that the decree was constructed with the balance of media and the public in mind. This I find as an insult to the collective intelligence of the media industry worldwide given their (IG) one eyed preferences and biased treatment of the Fijian Media and their extreme ill feeling of foreign journalists who try to give an unprejudiced insight to events that have unfolded since December 2006. We are also familiar that some stakeholders were excluded from the consultations of the decree. The Fiji Times and TV One were not included so in my view the illegal AG perjured in his remarks

Out of this has also come a sad part of Fijian history, as we are staring at the reality of losing our first newspaper, the Fiji Times established in Levuka in 1869. Fiji Times now facing the same fate as most of our traditional and cultural heritage as Bainimarama further dismantles the proud Fijian characteristics by which we are identified and known. This is what Bainimarama terms as a “modernised Fiji” The mental conception of “all media to be 90% native owned defies logic in this new business management age. A well known Fijian businesswoman, Dr. Mere Samisoni explained the importance of good business management where there is a need for experience, learning and motivation in a free and friendly environment. Fiji Times has come through the years, endured different administrations and has become part of the Fijian household, proving its durability, worth or value to that very balance between Media and the Public. It employs over 200 staffs directly and even more indirectly, so there is another jump in unemployment figures to be contemplated. Fiji Times has a wealth of experience which will be regretted, an archive of Fijian history from the Deed of Cession to this day and ultimately a provider of employment and security to the Fijian people which will be sourly missed

As we watch the illegal Bainimarama government look North and acquire new friends, we should also be aware that the inclusion of new friends means the dispensing of many things Fijian, which will add to the social and moral decay our country is going through.


Anonymous said...

So what are you all going to do about it? Sit back on your laurels and dream about how it used to be?

Leave race out of it said...

I don't know why you guys ran this piece because it defines the issues in racial terms in a way that merely reinforces the "illegal interim government's" position. The loss of the Fiji Times is a loss for the entire country, not just the Fijian people. You guys derive your legitimacy as a blog for standing up for democracy. Shame on you for allowing someone the platform to encourage others to view such an important threat to that principle through a racial prism.

Counterproductive said...

Fijian this, Fijian that. Every time something like this appears it drives more people into the arms of the enemies of democracy and weakens our cause.

Anonymous said...

vinaka naita.e da sega ni kila na butako lelevu rau kitaka jiko o rau na rua na turaga e da dau vakaliuca tu ni da se gone.pasiteti.

Anonymous said...

You all made it sad by allowing it to happen. Its your problem, deal with it.

Liu Muri said...

I note that over so many days, you attracted not a single comment. Do people feel that this is just another hogwash to which people do not wish to respond?

It is. What a crap when you say forign journalists who try to give an unprejudiced insight to events that have unfolded in Fiji since 2006. Who? You mean Michael Field? Read his biased and jaundiced views on Fiji in "Swimming with sharks". Get real and stop praise where it is not due or worth?

TheMax said...

Sad day? I don't think so but in fact it's a new beginning as far as media accountability is concerned in Fiji with the implementation of the media authority through the new decree. The Fiji Times has long lost its stature as the best newspaper in Fiji for about 20 years now. Finally a government came in with guts and courage to make media organizations accountable for their actions.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Max
So who makes the non government (ie illegal junta) accountable for its actions? Human rights abuse and murder are very serious roti boy?
As for the Fiji Times - it will be back when Fiji is cleaned up and this indian supported coup is exterminated.

Anonymous said...

@ Max.

Nobody is unaccountable - Frank & Others included. Certain matter of alleged torture & death of CRW prisoners? Former Liberian despot once believed he was also above reproach. Daejeon could possibly be Franks last overseas trip of significance?