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I’ve got a problem and if I don’t say anything about it

MIDA defends decision to censure Fiji TV for ‘hate speech’

Updated at 2:47 pm today

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority in Fiji has defended his decision to censure Fiji TV for broadcasting so-called hate speech.

Earlier this month MIDA ruled Fiji TV had breached the constitution and Media Decree for airing certain comments by a provincial chief during a visit by the regime leader.

The chief, Ratu Timoci Vesikula, is reported to have made remarks around Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama’s stance on indigenous matters.

The Media Authority’s chairman, Ashwin Raj, says it’s in his remit to intervene.

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“Because of the timeliness of it, and the seriousness of it, in the sense that we are approaching national elections and if that is going to be the tenor of public discourse then I’ve got a problem and if I don’t say anything about it, then I’m obviously sleeping on the job because these things have a tendency to do an irreparable amount of damage.”

Ashwin Raj says the media should be free to do its work but exercise reason and follow the media code of ethics

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3 thoughts on “I’ve got a problem and if I don’t say anything about it

  1. Does this as ole believe what he is saying? Everyone knows he was jumping on orders from on high…the king of the animal kingdom.

  2. Yes the animal kingdom through and through with all sorts of gate keepers like this that act on the instruction of the king! His word truly reflect his role as a gatekeeper – not wanting to be seen to be sleeping on the job because he knows his king will come down hard on him if he is not keeping up to his work. What a poor soul!

  3. MIDA was set up by an illegal regime so it has no credibility in the first place. Which means Ashwin Raj can shove lis lecturing. Matters were made worse by appointing Ashwin as chairman as he does not know his arse from his mouth. It seems Ashwin Raj has no journalism qualifications, and he has no understanding of procedure or protocol. Unless the MIDA chairman is both judge and jury, which only proves what a screwed up organisation MIDA is. Whole regime is a fucking circus. Left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It all becomes more evident when a monkey like Mr Raj is appointed chairman.

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