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“Our people are still afraid. Our youths are afraid. Our civil servants are afraid, our farmers are afraid, our women are afraid,”

Fiji campaign grows for reinstatement of ‘politically persecuted’ USP student

Roshika Deo

Pacific Scoop:
Report – Pacific Media Watch

University of the South Pacific student Tamanirarama Jone Seruiraduvatu has been told to pay back every cent of a scholarship he has received in what is claimed to be a punishment for campaigning for a political candidate.

Pacific Media Watch reported last week that Roshika Deo, a candidate for the opposition Be The Change party accused the government’s Tertiary Scholarship Loan Board of political persecution after Seruiraduvatu, 21, had his university scholarship terminated this week, allegedly for “associating” himself “in political agendas”.

“This action further diminishes the credibility of having a free and fair election, if young people continue to be targeted, which is threatening our political autonomy and creating a climate of fear and intimidation,” said Deo. Read more »

NFP pledges to review Fiji’s media decree and enact information freedom law

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Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the Pacific Media Centre news desk

The leader of Fiji’s new National Federation Party, economist Professor Biman Prasad, has pledged to review the controversial media decree and pass a freedom of information law if it gains power in the September general election.

He has also called on Fijians to shed their fear and become involved in the election process.

“Our people are still afraid. Our youths are afraid. Our civil servants are afraid, our farmers are afraid, our women are afraid,” professor Prasad said in a speech at a party working meeting at Tamavua the weekend. Read more »

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7 thoughts on ““Our people are still afraid. Our youths are afraid. Our civil servants are afraid, our farmers are afraid, our women are afraid,”

  1. Anonymous USP’S SCUMBAG VC RAJESH CHANDRA said…
    USP VC Rajesh Chandra and his deputy Esther Williams are being ordered around by Sayed Khaiyum to expel student Tamanirarama Jone.

    Rajesh Chandra willingly and meekly surrendered USP’s autonomy to Bainimarama and Khaiyum. He is just a puppet VC. The people running USP is Khaiyum and Bainimarama.

    Rajesh’s legacy is of arrogance, cowardice, bullying, and betrayal; of participating in the rape of academic freedom.

    Rajesh, the persecution of students is the last straw. Do the honourable thing and resign you scumbag.

    June 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  2. USP VC Rajesh Chandra and his deputy Esther Williams are being ordered around by Sayed Khaiyum to expel student Tamanirarama Jone.

    Rajesh Chandra willingly and meekly surrendered USP’s autonomy to Bainimarama and Khaiyum. He is just a puppet VC. The people running USP is Khaiyum and Bainimarama.

    Rajesh’s legacy is of arrogance, cowardice, bullying, and betrayal; of participating in the rape of academic freedom.

    Rajesh, do the decent thing and resign you scumbag. And take your useless deputy Esther williams with you.

    Rajesh, the persecution of students is the last straw. Do the honourable thing and resign you scumbag.

    June 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  3. Enough is enough. USP students and civil society organisations need to organise a massive protest against USP’s scumbag VC an regime stooge Rajesh Chandra who has sold out the rights of his own students.

  4. If the people were still afraid than there cant be any voices herd anywhere like now.I think people had been free and have been talking like this for some years now.Yes and for a fact we can talk anything anytime if you like to share genuine and true things about Fiji.Unless you are bisect , racist or have negative side-effects of what has happened than you might be on the wrong foot

  5. Professor Rajesh Chandra is a poor leader and VC.First, throughout his vice-chancellorship, USP has been under captialised because he lacked the courage, know-how and foresight to plan and budget for the future, and ask regional government’s to properly fund the programs.Rajesh Chandra actually asked regional governments to reduce their annual allocation! He actually downgraded the status of of tertiary education in the national budget! No vice-chancellor with a vision would have done something like that. Second, Rajesh Chandra has lowered entry standards and increased enrolment. What he has created is a perfect storm of incessantly increasing demand on rapidly diminishing resources.Teaching standards have deteriorated because of the extra load. One just has to look at the calibre of graduates to see this. Throughout Rajesh Chandra’s term there has been a shortage of facilities and increase of students. Laucala Campus is a disgrace – take it from me, I work there everyday. Rajesh Chandra cleverly masks the problems by boasting about increases in student numbers, making big promises, and making a big deal of agreements signed with other institutions.It’s all puffery and propaganda – the real problems are not being tackled. They have deteriorated under this useless, coup-supporting VC. The period under Rajesh Chandra is one of the worst in USP’s history. He has systematically eroded the solid foundations of USP because he does know not what he is doing. He has put USP back by at least 20 years. To save USP, he needs to be kicked out now.

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