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 »
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 »