|RAJ: Leading campaign against USP academics.|
It also proves that even if the ordinary citizen has been silenced by the ongoing intimidation, there are among our midst those who haven't been institutionalised.
Pat Craddock's and Matt Thompson's 11-paragraph statement has led to USP releasing one of its own, denouncing the pair and saying it has initiated an internal investigation.
The journalism academics issued a statement on Sunday saying they were appalled at how a local journalist was denied accreditation to the Pacific Islands Development Forum and how another was allegedly harassed by police, 'while the head of Fiji’s military has justified torturing Fijian citizens.'
|Craddock: Question of ethics.|
Raj says "These reckless academics are trying to instill fear among ordinary and decent citizens of Fiji and it constitutes yet another feeble attempt to keep us in a perpetual state of crisis."
And yet the truth is just that: despite the efforts to reinvent Fiji, citizens are still living in a state of crisis and those upholding the regime's laws, like Raj, can't accept that not everyone has bought the propaganda that all is well and that the September 17 elections prove democracy is at long last making its glorious way here.
Mosese Tikoitoga on the other hand recognises the damage he's done with his 'admission' the RFMF beat and tortured citizens and in a subsequent interview with local media has moved to quell the story saying he was 'misquoted'.
He insists the military forces are apolitical and that what he told the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age was that "I wouldn't deny that these things happen."
Tikoitoga also says it is 'mischievous of political parties or commentators to include the military in political discussions' and the story about the beatings and torturing has led to questions about the RFMF's 'integrity'.
He is right to be nervous - discerning citizens have for a long time questioned the role and the integrity of the RFMF, now more so than ever with the elections just around the corner.
Raj and Tikoitoga are both so far up the regime's inside
|Thompson: Statement was personal opinion.|
They will also continue to be in denial that journalists in Fiji have been penalised or sacked for speaking out about irregularities, inconsistencies and unfairness.
Have we forgotten that just last month Fiji TV journalist, Anish Chand, was dismissed after the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, got wind he'd asked questions about the way the election was being covered?
Good on Craddock and Thompson for speaking out. As Craddock told Radio New Zealand International: "We felt as academics with expertise in journalism, teaching young journalists to be ethical and bold, we had to speak out about this. Just because there's an election coming up, it's not ethical for people to sort of shut up."