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One of the two former Fiji TV executives dismissed after the rugby sevens broadcasting controversy has called on the Fiji Law Society to strip Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum of his practising certificate for unethical behaviour.
CEO Tevita Gonelevu and head of content and local productions, Tanya Waqanika, told a press conference today the real story behind their unlawful sackings.
"You cannot be the Minister of Communications and make decisions which are favourable to FBC knowing fully well that what you've done is unethical and unlawful to favour FBC which is headed by your brother," said Waqanika.
"That's just not right, you should step down. Because the Attorney General has spoken about the need to be transparent, about good governance - this is the man who has been preaching about it and he can't even follow his own words.
"A very unethical person, shame on him for being a lawyer," said Waqanika.
"The Fiji Law Society and the Legal Services Commission should actually take action on him and remove his practising certificate."
Waqanika and Gonelevu also called for an inquiry into the conduct of two board members, Nouzab Fareed and Ioane Naiveli, who they say acted against the station's interests over local coverage of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
|Tevita Gonelevu and Tanya Waqanika at today's press conference (Photo: Island Business)|
The former executives cited email, text and telephone messages which they say showed outside interference with the operations of Fiji TV, especially by Khaiyum.
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Both also challenged their dismissal saying Gonelevu's sacking had not been discussed by the whole board and Waqanika's firing was illegal because only the CEO could sack her.
Gonelevu and Waqanika also hinted there could be other developments that could deprive viewers of coverage.
They told media that a sub-licensing agreement which allowed FBC TV to carry the last Sevens series in December was in favour of FBC TV, which a government survey suggests commands 54% of total Fiji viewership.
They said the fee paid by FBC TV did not reflect its claimed viewership as agreed to under the sub-licensing agreement.