Home » Uncategorized » Patrick Craddock and Doctor Matthew Thompson were alleging that the Fijian Government continues to intimidate journalists in the lead up to the general election and have also made serious allegations of torture and intimidation used by the Fiji Military Forces to ensure that there is no civil disorder.

Patrick Craddock and Doctor Matthew Thompson were alleging that the Fijian Government continues to intimidate journalists in the lead up to the general election and have also made serious allegations of torture and intimidation used by the Fiji Military Forces to ensure that there is no civil disorder.

MIDA raises concern on the press release of two academics regarding freedom in Fiji

Tuesday, 24/06/2014

Media Industry Development Authority Chairman Ashwin Raj

The Media Industry Development Authority Chairman, Ashwin Raj has raised concern on why the two academics from the University of the South Pacific Journalism Program did not find and confirm the facts from MIDA before making a series of allegations about freedom in Fiji.

Raj said USP Journalism academics Patrick Craddock and Doctor Matthew Thompson were alleging that the Fijian Government continues to intimidate journalists in the lead up to the general election and have also made serious allegations of torture and intimidation used by the Fiji Military Forces to ensure that there is no civil disorder.

Raj said that on the accusation that the military is using torture and intimidation to silence journalists, with just a little over two months before the general election, are absolutely without any foundation.

Raj further stated that the political situation in Fiji maybe less than ideal but a lot has been achieved since 2006 and we must move beyond the tireless debate between legality and legitimacy raised by the two academics from USP.

On the registration of Islands Business Magazine Editor, Samisoni Pareti and the non-issuance of accreditation for the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Raj says a quick call to MIDA office would have confirmed that he was registered with MIDA.

USP academic Patrick Craddock will comment later today.

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12 thoughts on “Patrick Craddock and Doctor Matthew Thompson were alleging that the Fijian Government continues to intimidate journalists in the lead up to the general election and have also made serious allegations of torture and intimidation used by the Fiji Military Forces to ensure that there is no civil disorder.

  1. It is common knowledge that their is no freedom of speech as people are intimidated by illegal government, police and military. .Ashwin Raj should investigate the lies spread by the regime on the state of the economy by regime’s mouth piece newspaper Fiji Sun. Raj is a puppet of Khayium and does what the master says. Such Indians have lost their moral values.
    This is an illegal regime who have put themselves into power. The illegal 2013 constitution has been pushed on the people.
    Atleast the people should be proud of these two academics to speak on behalf of the people of Fiji.
    Our academics the likes of Rajesh Chandra, Ganesh Chand should learn from these academics moral values if they have any and speak the truth.
    The people have NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
    We are staying under dictatorship like any other political torn Muslim country like Egypt, Syria,Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc.
    Thank you Patrick Craddock and Dr. Mathew Thompson for highlighting the plight of the Fijian people.

  2. Ashwin your bald plate is shining from all the arse licking and ball shining you’ve been doing to regime along with Bolatiki, Akauola and Cabenatabua. You guys are the worst scum of journalists if you can still call you that.

  3. 2 days ago I released the results of a survey I conducted on the Fiji Sun and the Fiji Times over the past 3 and a half months from April 1 to June 18 2014. Only radio New Zealand Intl called up for a comment. No local media responded or asked for clarification or carried the results.

    We covered 63% of both papers April issues, In May 74% of the Fiji Times and 81% of the Fiji Sun and In June 83% of the Fiji Sun and 89% of the Fiji Times for the 18 days.

    The results were as follows:-

    While the Fiji Times is generally more balanced in its reporting with 58% covering the Bainimarama regime over the total survey period, the Fiji Sun coverage of the regime has never dropped below 73%.

    The Opposition received just 26% coverage from the Fiji Sun and 36% from the Fiji Times, while the Independent candidate received 1% coverage from the Fiji Sun and 6% coverage from the Fiji Times.

    The full survey result will be on my website by tomorrow on http://www.mickbeddoes.com and anyone interested can look it up.

    Media Bias is definitely happening and organizations like the Fiji Sun have been breaching the Media Industry Code of Ethics on a daily basis without anyone in authority taking them to task. The Media decree is being applied ‘selectively’ against anyone who publishes an opposing view to the regime, while leaving regime friendly Media outlets to spin all the lies they want.

    I would like to call on all citizens of Fiji who want democracy to send a small but clear signal to the perpetrators of this abuse of our intelligence and ask that you demonstrate your anger in a real way and tell all your friends and relatives to boycott the Fiji Sun from now until the end of July.

    Do not search their online edition, do not place any advertisements with them, do not buy any Fiji Sun for the next 37 days.

    This is a small ‘individual’ protest that anyone can do and not be afraid of being found out by authorities. The collective impact on the paper will be ‘significant’ if we all boycott their paper for a month. Without a healthy circulation, the income will be affected.

    Now is the time to demonstrate our displeasure at those who aid and abet the wrong doers, and usurpers of democracy so lets demonstrate to them in a personal but very real way. NO MORE SUN!

    Mick Beddoes
    Sabeto

  4. Raj is based at USP. he collects a double salary one from USP and one from MIDA. USP has become an incredibly corrupt place under VC Rajesh Chandra, a regime lackey who gives Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum red carpet welcome at USP.

  5. AS usual, USP cowardly VC Rajesh Chandra is hiding behind Rottweiler Raj and making him do the dirty work.

  6. Raj the loud mouth twat and no substance…..smart talker with no real intelligence! how the hell did he made to that positon?….levu ga na gusuna! sega ni dua na ka vinaka e rawata, dau tonotono mata wavoki tu la na vei conference o la qo.

  7. Mickey Mouse is full of shit! A politician carrying out a survey for which he has a conflict of interest in! Is this Mousey serious? No one believes him.

  8. And good morning to you too Mr Prakash! Be afraid my friend, be very very afraid! Well done Mick, I’m in, Fiji Sun is no longer.

  9. I don’t even read the Fiji Sun because someone mentioned a year or two ago that the Fiji Sun produces news in a place where the sun doesn’t shine! I came to understand what the person really meant and now know why people conclude that the paper is good for rubbish wrapping.

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