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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Outrageous fine for Fiji Times and its editor and publisher

Wesley with former publisher Dallas Winstead
Fiji Times has been fined $300,000 editor, Fred Wesley, given a suspended jailed sentence of six months and publisher, Brian O'Flaherty, fined $10,000: Both to pay $2,000 each also to Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, who brought the case. All to be paid within four weeks ...... and all over 24 words that were published in a New Zealand newspaper.


"You should be aware that with no judiciary there, his case has  been reviewed by one Australian Judge. It's not a court per se".
 


Brian O'Flaherty: fined








60 comments:

  1. Its time to stop farking around. Lets take this regime down.
    Whatever is next to you that belongs to the regime, BURN IT!

    BURN TAPPOOS.

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  2. these fines will hit fiji times hard. but that of course is the aim. punish, hurt and destroy, pretty much the dna of this unelected government.

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  3. What goes around comes around. Frank and Aiyaz will get theirs soon!

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  4. We should erupt fighting the Fiji Military right now.

    The military will be outnumbered overwhenmingly and even with stones, matches/fires, spears, clubs, molotovs and home made weapons we can defeat the army hands down.

    Potassium nitrate fertilizers can be turned into deadly bombs...look up internet.

    I am willing to dies but must burn and attack the dictator and EyeArse first.

    I am waiting to torch Nausori if othrs start from Suva.

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  5. Yeah folks, thats what happened, Kaiyum took Fiji times news paper to court, he set the judgement the sum of $300,000 be paid to him plus the $2,000. Thats just to warned the rest of the media of what can happen if they break the law under his bulshit decree.

    Come on SDL, where are you? Tu Peni Baba, Ro Temumu, what are we waiting for? Burn all court houses in Fiji, burn Kaiyum and Bainimarama's offices, there's lots of corruption documents coils in them. So burn them all down, get all muslums out of our country. Fiji is our land, it is our home, we wait another month we will all be gone.

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  6. Levu ga na rorogo...blog heros but real life pussies..no one can do anything so just harden the fuck up and live your lives....face the reality and move on...

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  7. I think it is extremely concerning that some wing nuts are urging others to commit crimes. Furthermore C4.5 should be more proactive and moderate these comments that are inciting violence in Fiji.

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  8. @anonymous 11:16 If its getting hot for you then get the fuck out of the kitchen.

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  9. @coolio.
    This judge is commiting a crime.
    Aiyaz has committed a crime.
    Bai continues to committ crimes.

    But instead of atacking them you attack us.

    Go fark yourself.

    You are a regime lackey with his head stuck far up Bai's arse.

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  10. Agree that the punishment and fines are ridiculous!! However feel for Brian O'Flaherty the Publisher of three weeks copping all the responsibility!!! Conveniently former Publisher Hank Arts after recieving serious advise demotes himself and sets up Brian to become Publisher with the help of Patels to become a scapegoat!!!! Patels have millions of surplus, fight a decent battle but don't use innocent people like Brian to be a sacrificial lamb!!! Hank Arts......why is the Patels favouring him??? AFL payback???? One wonders!

    Regime has made it obvious that they would like to see the back of Fiji Times, but they fail to understand a free press is the greatest advantage they can have to be fully informed of the Fijian situation. They need to appreciate that free press is fundamental in any type of democracy!!!

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  11. Agree that the punishment and fines are ridiculous!! However feel for Brian O'Flaherty the Publisher of three weeks copping all the responsibility!!! Conveniently former Publisher Hank Arts after recieving serious advise demotes himself and sets up Brian to become Publisher with the help of Patels to become a scapegoat!!!! Patels have millions of surplus, fight a decent battle but don't use innocent people like Brian to be a sacrificial lamb!!! Hank Arts......why is the Patels favouring him??? AFL payback???? One wonders!

    Regime has made it obvious that they would like to see the back of Fiji Times, but they fail to understand a free press is the greatest advantage they can have to be fully informed of the Fijian situation. They need to appreciate that free press is fundamental in any type of democracy!!!

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  12. Freedom is a universal right. Fijians have the right to revolution, just like anyone else. Theis dictatorship has stripped Fijians of their right to peacefully petition their government. This dictatorship is unelected and imposed upon the people of Fiji without their consent. Due process is no longer available through the courts, as this latest judgment confirms. Fijians now have the right -- nay, the duty -- to bear arms.

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  13. The soldiers won't do anything about this regime so theres nothing we can do except cry from sideline.

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  14. Khaiyum monkey court .he controls court system and judges.
    Fijian been used by khaiyum , frank few elite muslims and,guji business people.
    Khaiyum is there to destroy mac patels business.

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  15. Fiji Times owner should close down its business than what will happen to the workers?
    Will kahiyum feed them.
    Time fijians wake up and fight for freedom/democracy.

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  16. Our lawyers and Judges have no guts to strike.
    They are puppets to Khaiyum.
    Shame on our lawyers/judges and army/police.
    Khaiyum Court. Corrupt

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  17. Editor,
    Just 11 days after the veteran Australian journalist Greg Sheridan wrote his opinion piece in the Australian (Feb 7) to tell the world that the Fijian military government of Bainimarama was not such a bad mob the military junta has jailed the editor of the Fiji Times newspaper for 6 months (suspended for two years) and fined the paper $300.000 for publishing a comment that had already been published in another foreign newspaper the NZ Sunday Star-Times . The comment was that there were no independent courts in the military ruled nation. Most independent observers have made that observation. The courts are being used to do the regime's bidding. That's an open secret.
    This persecution of the media in Fiji is reminiscent of media persecution in Mugabe's Zimbabwe .
    How can anyone claim the ruling mob in Fiji is okay?
    That beats me.
    sincerely,
    rajend naidu
    sydney

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  18. POWER OF THE PEN AND MEDIA CAN BRING THE REGIME DOWN.
    TIME ALL JOURO BE UNITED AND WRITE THE TRUE STORIES OF WHATS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND AND QUESTION THE REGIME FOR ALL AUDIT ACCOUNT/SALARIES/TENDER WORKS/OTHERS.
    PEOPLE BEEN FOLLED AND ABUSED BY THIS ILLEGAL REGIME AND COURT SYSTEM.
    KHAIYUM COURT.

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  19. SHAME ON JUDGES/LAWYERS/ARMY/POLICE
    WHY CANT YOU KEEP YOUR OATH JUDGES/LAWYERS/OTHERS..
    FREE AND FAIR JUDGEMENT.NOT CONTROLLED BY KHAIYUM.
    WHY CANT THEY CHARGE REGIME COUP STARS.
    FIJI MEDIA COUNCIL WHY CANT YOU CONDEM THE REGIME.
    SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE SOME MASIPOLO JURNO IN FIJI.SHAME ON YOU GUYS.
    HURRAY TO FRED.KEEP IT UP BRO.

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  20. Ashamed to be a MuslimFebruary 21, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    MUSLIM HIT LIST OF COUP BENEFICIARIES
    • Aslam Khan,
    • Iqbal Janiff,
    • Nazhat Shameem
    • Shaista Shameem,
    • Nur Bano,
    • Nashad Ali (CEO AFL),
    • Abdul Khan(FSC),
    • Mohammed Aziz,
    • Faiaz Ali,
    • Mohammed Saneen,
    • Saheen Ali,
    • Razim Buksh (RBF)
    • Nouzab Fareed (FHL CEO)
    • Faiaz Khan (Tropic Woods CEO)
    • Shiraz Ali, ( FEA manager)
    • Riaz Ali (FNU),
    • Nizam U Dean,
    • Afzal Khan,
    • Hafix Khan,
    • Anwar Khan,
    • Ali Jan,
    • Bahadur Ali,
    • Lainuni Khan,
    • Shaneze Voss,
    • Shane Hussien,
    • Riaz Khaiyum (FBC CEO),
    • Robert Khan,
    • Rahmat Ali,
    • Gulam Mohammed,
    • Faizal Koya

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  21. with that rat's tail flowing from Wesley's head, the guy deserves to go to jail!!! ie try to have some self respect wesley,,,ur not a rat!!!

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  22. Fiji the Land and The People...
    We need more Kava and home brew. We should go back to the old days, fishing , farming, hunting. Western democracy don't work for us. Lets go back and wear grass skirts and make spears etc. I bet we will respect each other and no coups, no currency devalueation if we revert back to the Barter System, exchange goods etc. Taki mada. hahaha

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  23. Anon 11.15 is correct, everyone just harden the fuck up and live your lives! Blaming government wont solve your problems as you'll be blaming the next one in power when you still havnt got off your arse! And mr vutuki meo sounds like an illiterate big lamu sona fala hiding on Sunday in church then inciting violence on blog sites, its people like you that try and brain wash innocent people to follow your cowardly acts, how bout you stand up bolea

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  24. There's nothing we can do against this regime folks. Just go with the flow and look after your families.

    Frank & Kaiyum are laughing, although we can read their gameplans there's nothing we can do about it accept ramble on blogsites.

    I suggest we go underground and form secret societies with the aim of bringing this regime to justice. This will be a very long battle. We need to be discplined and be patient.

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  25. The wives and girlfriends of the RFMF and Navy personnel should withhold sex until they resign or overthrow the Regime.

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  26. anon 9.26
    iko dua na tamata boci

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  27. Fiji Times maybe should just close down as nothing to write about for them.

    Sad state of the nation.

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  28. Question: Since when has telling the truth about Fiji's government constituted contempt of court?

    Answer: Since the government and courts of Fiji became contemptible.

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  29. Poor Motibhai, now has to fork out $300,000!...as if the Fiji Times is operating on mega profits as in previous years.

    Phew!A fine of 300K is a lot of money down the drain!

    Now when will the Rear Admiral Government sue Fiji Sun for guilt in similar “verbatim “ journalism?

    How about suing Radio Fiji, one of the guilty parties in this form of on air verbatimism?

    Or shall we ask:When is the Fiji Times closing it’s doors?..or pined in the corner until it sells to some party who will flirt with the Rear Admiral’s Government like beautiful media queen ;the Fiji Sun?

    Oh how we love and forgive the few whose addiction is to profane our my family name. My humble plea both the author of this profanity and to C4.5 has been ignore.

    Well, that settles it as it is now in God’s hands. What ever happens from here on is out of our control!

    Oh..how about someone publishes another daily..this time a "nightly"...mmm...say a Fiji Mid Night Hour!...why not?..you've got a Times, a Sun..let's go night!...I think!

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  30. a@coolio people can censor themselves, why should poor old c4.5 have to do everything for us, they already doing what they can. fiji people need to start standing up for themselves instead of looking to everyone else to breathe, fight and veka for them.

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  31. There are good people in the goverment and RFMF but have to play along as it puts food on the table for their families. A few bad apples ruins it for everyone. Fiji is going downhill socially, economically, and financially. The Only Thing Necessary For The Triumpth Of Evil Is For Good Men To Do Nothing.

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  32. Vakaturaga ki na c4.5 vua na sona levu na kena I liuliu

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  33. Vakaturaga ki na mataivalu ni soli sona, vua na cebo laqwa na kea liuliu, na dau carata e vitavioka, o ......o...... Rabaku.
    Drau Fire.

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  34. JON APTED GONE soft..already sucking up to the powers that be..HE COULD HAVE DEFENDED THIS CASE but chose the easy way out and failed miserably in his oath and duty to his client...just wait and see what he does for Rev Yabaki...probably get him to plead guilty too...the poofter, just charge the fees for nothing.

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  35. @ 12:41pm.

    Ia sa cudru oqo na kai colo, se banua levu sa back taka ike na Bainimarama bara boci, eh, ko iko taura ike na cudru, biuta ko iko na sona, bosa na Baini bata oqo Kaiyum, me kitaka mada ko iko na sona ahna? Beka kemudou kitaka mada na bibutu i titi. Chalo, sala,

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  36. Bainimarama a la presidencia. Larga vida a Bainimarama. Libertad para todos.

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  37. Bainimarama a la presidencia. Larga vida a Bainimarama. Libertad para todos.

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  38. Mark Manning your strategy to get the wives and girlfriends of the RFMF and Navy guys to without sex until the regime falls is way off the mark! these guys are notorious for lasetuba - they have a separate maintenance and affiliation section for their records at the Family Court for ease of reference!

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  39. Ni blog tikoga me qai yati mai tuba na nomuni sona. Na qai qo sa na qai ga o ni malekate se warai vosote sara. Sa rawa no mo ni ma vidulu va na vi qatima.

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  40. shame shame shame on the judiciary in fiji in particular this dinosaur callanchini

    Kenneth Zinck

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    1. It is depressing to see the malice in fiji

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  41. Priscilla Queen of the DesertFebruary 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The decrees and manipulation has become all too predictable it's hard to be shocked anymore. Sad and disappointed, yes, but the repeat offending by the regime, driven by Bainimarama's ambition, and Khaiyum's ego, just keeps happening again and again. Fiji is sinking and there's no way back other than for people to revolt.

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  42. Editor,
    Eleven days ago Greg Sheridan wrote an opinion piece in the Australian (Feb 7) rationalizing Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr's re-engaging with Fiji stance as morally and politically correct. He even wanted us to believe that the military rulers in Fiji were not too bad a mob.
    News has just come to hand that the military junta has jailed the editor of Fiji's main newspaper for 6 months (suspended for 2 years) and fined the paper $300,000 for reprinting 24 word comment from a story that was published in the New Zealand Sunday Star-Times. The comment was that there were no independent courts in that military ruled nation.
    Can Greg Sheridan do another opinion piece to rationalize this Fijian military junta justice?
    It would be interesting to hear what he has to say ?
    sincerely,
    rajend naidu

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  43. @anonymous 1:36 viavia vosa vaka naitasiri qai mani sega sara.
    Vutulaki.
    Iko rairai susu madrai. Drau va vidulu ki nomu boso, toce levu o bainivuaka.

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  44. anon 1.36 pm
    ra sona levu sa voleka ni oti maina na kana loto keina butako,,,
    vakarau curu ki naboro mo lauvutu ke sega lako i tei tavioka mo bula bakola i tamamu

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  45. Violence in Fiji will come any time soon. If the illegal regime uses violence on the people violence will be the only way to eliminate it. The regime is already on record for using violence on its people.

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  46. @ 1.32p.m That's true and so is marital rape which is increasingly prevalent in Fiji.

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  47. Just another day of shame brought upon the people of fiji by it's military junta and its puppet justice system.Fiji the way it was never meant to be but has become at the hands of its thug rulers.

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  48. How can a judge from Fiji's judiciary system preside a case whereby the accused is charged for making statements against the judiciary system in Fiji?? This would seem to me as a conflict of interest and the no judges from Fiji's judiciary would be impartial. This case is prejudiced. I would think that Fiji Times should take this matter up to International Court.

    Any Legal Eagle has a input? 15818

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  49. the outrageous fines on the Fiji Times and its editor and publisher is just another confirmation of Fiji's status as a third world banana republic! No rule of law and independent impartial judiciary.only kangaroo courts serving the wishes of the dictator.

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  50. Anon 3.17

    Levu ga na rorogo ena blog. Sa yaco sara tiko ga e kea. Tovolea mada me tawa nomu tarausese. Nomudou I liuliu sa tiko e korovou.

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  51. Close the paper down, you will never be able to publish a sensible sentence again.

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  52. Anonymous @ 9:20, don't blame democracy for Fiji's coup culture. It's Fijian root misunderstanding of, and lack of respect for, democracy that is at fault here.

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  53. I call upon the governments of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the EU to add William Calanchini to their lists of individuals with visa restrictions. Judicial officers deserve extra latitude, but with this outrageous judgment against the Fiji TImes, Calanchini reveals himself beyond all question as an unprincipled, key supporter and enabler of Fiji's present illegal coup regime.

    The principles of press freedom and due process of law are timeless and transcend Fiji's current political situation. Respect for the conscience of mankind demands that you act affirmatively now to withhold the future granting of visas to Calanchini.

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  54. Calanchini needs a bullet in the head!
    That might straighten out his misconceptions.

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  55. Legal, this is the normal process...the court is supposed to be independent so can pass judgment on attacks on itself..the problem in fiji is that there is no such independence because now ALL judicial officers are appointed on CONTRACTs for 3 years so yo have to suck up otherwise your contract will be terminated or not renewed.
    This is a new development which is against the regime's own laws but also against all international conventions and laws.
    thatz why Jon Apted should have challenged the charge but chose the easy way to earn his exhorbitant fees...

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  56. @ anon feb 21, 9:52PM

    Keimami sa kila kecega ni iko kubuti Khaiyum tiko, qai dau laulauvutu tiko vei Bainivuaka. Luveni kawaca o iko. Sotia cicilevu o iko... Taura ga nomu M16 qai valeka vei nomu boso o Bainivuaka. Sivia la na vakarerevaki ni tiko vei kemuni na dakai ni yavu tamata sonalelevu kece na sotia ni viti.

    Nanuma tiko na yaco i vei nomudou veiliutaki lawaki. Na tini ga na mate ni keimami sa kudru na lewe ni vanua. Ni na lautatalaki vei na selekava vaka na vuaka na lewe ni mataivalu sonalevu ni viti...

    Ni veicai ga kei nomuni liuliu conman o Bainivuaka!!!!!

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  57. anon 9.25pm
    toso tiko na butako ragone,,,,,qo sa da mai baci lasutaki ni sa saumi lesu na leave pay,,,,,,,
    ra vakaloloma na PWD sa sake,,,,,
    DOU IA TIKOGA NA BUTAKO....
    Dua na ka neimami sevaka na matamudou ena veisiga ena pepa keina tv.....
    dou butabutako kanaloto lasa ituba, dau mateni , lasulasu,,,,
    o Setani saraga sa cicivaki Viti tu e dai!!!

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  58. Bula Vinaka (Hello)writers and readers,just an idea for the sad vocabs used on this site,the hatred words is very distraughting and leading peoples lives nowhere.I am an indeginous fijian, hatred words in fijian is very bad to the extent,that those uttering them are psyched to the very point of commiting murder.And those who chose to express their feelings in ENGLISH, man very bad to the extent like those saying their thoughts in fijian.Their are other others using the indo fijian language, their level of utterances are very similar.Do you people realise what you are doing is nothing beneficial to you and your people?I don't support the regime,I support the people, so people use wise words when you wish to convey your ideas and thoughts on the net, because everyone browse the internet

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  59. A very effective strategy used by the regime is to financially deprive perceived non supporters. This is the tactic used on Fiji citizens as well. They do it by reducing their pensions and increasing the dependence on hand outs. We never needed bus fare assistance before. Why, because we had enough money and fares were cheaper then. Now they give assistance in various forms to gain support and increase dependence on hand outs. I thought the regime were against hand out mentality but now they are perpetuating it - with a strategic reason of course to keep most of the people in tow.

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