Think Frank First. Statement by Sharon Smut-Jobs, Permanent Secretary for MisInformation
First let me take this opportunity to thank you for your attendance. I wish to address the issue surrounding media coverage regarding Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Mara who is in Tonga. We have applied for extradition but know we are only going through the motions. As you know we have been suspended from both the Forum and the Commonwealth.
Our extradition treaty with Tonga was only in place through membership of those organizations. It is so unfair that when you are an illegal government, legal options are not available any more.
The media in New Zealand and to some extent Australia have been very prominent in passing on his message of truth. I know all of you in this room don't like to tell the truth and you are all very grateful to me and my censors for keeping you supplied with lies.
I must stress to you that all of us in Government read the blogs to find out the real situation. Even the Prime Minister would read the blogs but unfortunately he has never learnt to read. It is important for us with future political aspirations to read about our failings.
The Ministry of Information has nothing positive to contribute to the growth of Fiji. We propagate rumours and stir up emotions to bankrupt this country. Suffice to say local media have fallen into the trap of printing what I say and feeding the people of Fiji false information.
(Tuesday May 31st 2011, No:1118/MOI) 'Think Fiji First'
Statement by Sharon Smith-Johns - Permanent Secretary for Information,
National Archives and Library Services of Fiji
First let me take this opportunity to thank you for your attendance.
I wish to address the issue surrounding media coverage regarding the ex soldier Ratu Tevita who is in Tonga awaiting extradition.
The media in New Zealand and to some extent Australia have helped fuel rumors regarding this person and the false accusations targeted at theFijian Government and its citizens.
I must stress to you all that reading these anti Fiji blog sites is not a source of credible information, these sites are run by
politically motivated individuals who are mostly failed politicians and a smattering of disgruntled journalists. The majority of those commenting are from overseas and not from Fiji.These blog sites have nothing positive to contribute to the growth of Fiji. They propagate rumors and stir up emotions to destabilize this country. Suffice to say the local media have unfortunately fallen for this trap and have used false information to lend false credibility to these stories. etc etc etc etc