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FijiFirsts Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum directly interferes with media reporting of the election.

Fiji TV sacking after regime call – PFF

Updated at 7:11 pm on 14 May 2014

The media group Pacific Freedom Forum says a senior reporter at Fiji TV was sacked following a phone call from the attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

A journalist and publisher, Ricardo Morris, who is a former coordinator of PFF, says the veteran reporter Anish Chand had said at a meeting that the television company should source wider political views than ones that simply favour the government.

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Mr Chand declined to comment on the matter, but Mr Morris says one of Mr Chand’s own colleagues undoubtedly called the authorities and shortly afterwards his contract was terminated on May the 3rd – World Press Freedom Day.

“And it is understood that somebody at that meeting or who heard about that meeting then passed the message on and then a phone call was made from the attorney general to the management of Fiji TV and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Ricardo Morris says he has just resigned his own position at PFF after feeling ongoing pressure from authorities.

Radio New Zealand International

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7 thoughts on “FijiFirsts Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum directly interferes with media reporting of the election.

  1. Bainimarama has stated not so long ago that he wants to win all seats in parliament because opposition parliamentarians would be obstrcutionist and hinder the advance of his “reform”. To me this was a key statement showing that he is not interested in a democratic process and aims for a legitimised autocracy. For Fiji this would be the worst possible outcome as the election process and its outcome would have no credibility whatsoever. Instead of healthy, democratic debate in parliament Bainimarama would continue to bark orders and the opposition would continue sniping from the sidelines. Divisions would be entrenched and the chance of reconciliation would be blown. So what would be desirable is a clear statement by Bainimarama that he welcomes constructive policy debate with everyone. It would be desirable to refrain from bashing “old politicians” and acknowledge that they still may have a meaningful contribution to make. It would be desirable to come out and accept that the rules for Fiji First are the same as for everyone. Declaration of assets would go a long way to convince the electorate that the process is reasonably fair. It would also be desirable to accept public debate with opposition politicians. Bainimarama enters the election contest in a position of strength and from my point of view, he can afford to be much much more accommodating than he has shown in the past. Now, lets have a look what is possible. I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Bainimarama and I must say it was a bit of a shock. I sensed a lot of insecurity and a lack of willingness to listen any view that differs from his own let alone consider it. Larry Dinger may have been a bit over the top with his statement that psychologists would have a field day with Bainimarama but I have heard quite a few colleagues expressing similar views after meeting with him. In the cocktail circuit in Suva a very common reaction is a shrug, often accompanied by some racist slur. And the common view held by many diplomats in Suva that the AG is a corrupt sleaze bag does not help either.

  2. If the electoral system is corrupt and won’t ensure a free and fair process then it should be mended. If we keep on complaining but nothing is done about it then we should bring it down. We should take to the streets and engage all means necessary to reclaim our freedom and dignity. True leaders of the people who won’t hide behind guns, guided by the cries for freedom, justice and compassion of your people – this is your time to step forward.

  3. @Anonymous 4.13pm. That’s precisely what many of us have been saying. Voreqe and Khaiyum are a major embarrassment to our nation and a blatant misnomer to our national landscape.

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