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More resistance today against the military dictatorship with the unions calling for media teams not to broadcast or publish if they can't provide balance.
The country's two major unions, FICTU and FTUC, have issued a joint statement denouncing the "misleading and controversial views of the regime being given prominence without fair balance."
In a statement, the two unions cite how the voice of worker's and trade unions have ffectively been shut down since 2009, thanks to the illegal regime. The regime has meanwhile been allowed to attack unions on a daily basis without them getting a right of reply or rebuttal.
FICTU and FTUC say some news outlets have given up trying to provide fair coverage with censorship goons in the newsroom "while others are effectively promoting propaganda."
The say the situation should not be allowed to continue "because the people have a right to be informed of the truth and to have their views publised in a fair and balanced way."
The joint statement is addressed to the editors and publishers of the Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Fiji Broadcasting, Fiji One, Communications Fiji Ltd and Fiji Live. It's signed by Tevita Koroi for FICTU and Dan Urai for FTUC.
It's the latest initiative aimed at encouraging people to stand up for democracy in Fiji. In recent days, there have been calls for people to march at Sukuna Park or to show (in whatever way they can) the regime and fellow citizens that they will no longer tolerate an unelected government that rules via PER and refuses to hold elections.
In a move that can only be applauded, FICTU also earlier this week criticised the regime for revoking FTUC's permit to meet in Nadi.
Such efforts to work together for the common good can only help Fiji and must be encouraged and applauded.
Read the joint media statement