Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Military Murderers Released

Our sister anti-military regime blog http://intelligentsiya.blogspot.com is reporting that the 8 military men and 1 policeman imprisoned for killing youth Rabaka has been released under CSO.
This is one of the stories we posted soon after dark Easter Friday.
We reported that Frank had made a deal with his military and disciplinary forces that he will release from prison all those who were found guilty for killing or torturing innocent civilians following the coup of Dec 2006.
Frank had to release the murderers after setting a precedence with his brother-in-law Francis Kean who was also released on CSO while in jail for manslaughter.
Frank had to quickly re-establish his soldiers loyalty that it is ok to kill Fijians if they are doing it under his name.
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Fiji : Pacific Island Forum membership had its privileges
May 4, 2009
By Michael Hartsell - Global Voices Online
Previously we checked in on bloggers offering their analysis of the possibility Fiji would be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum. The shoe has now dropped. Fiji’s government refused to schedule elections at the group’s behest, breaking off much of its relations with the group.
We’ll look at the outcome of Fiji’s suspension from the 16-nation from the regional block. The move, which came into effect midnight May 1, temporarily strips Fiji of full member privileges, including attendance of Forum meetings and events. The country will also no longer will benefit from new financial or technical assistance – other than aid toward the restoration of democracy.
Fiji’s suspension marks the first time in its nearly four-decade history the Pacific Islands Forum has taken this step against a country. Yet Forum chair, Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue, said the suspension was particularly timely due to the “deterioration” of legal, political and human rights in the country.
Fiji’s government called the suspension “regrettable.” The acting Prime Minister said the forum “has chosen to ignore the circumstances in Fiji” by forcing it to hold elections under a “racist” communal-based system (where Parliamentary seats are apportioned by race) that strips powers from politically moderate groups which attempt to attract voters across race/ethnic lines.
In Raw Fiji News, contributor Jean D’Ark responds to the regime’s refusal to hold elections until 2014.
Fiji Girl argues Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is not out to progressively change Fiji to become a post-racial state; rather, he is engaged in a power play.
No matter how ‘over much’ the Baini might protest, this is not about Fiji’s electoral system. It never has been. This Vore coup has always been about him escaping from being brought to Justice for his treatment of the CRW soldiers [who attempted a mutiny in November 2000 that was violently put down by soldiers]. People are not stupid. Our neighouring governments are not stupid. They see through Vore’s lies, and see him for the pathetic creature he is.
Now that the Forum has suspended Fiji, the government can move forward with its promised reforms, says Kalougata in Fiji Board Exiles.
Frank can implement the charter and new Constitution without all the foreign meddling and a few countries in the South Pacific who agreed to Fiji’s suspension can look for other shipping and airline routes to serve their countries. NZ and OZ will be happy to serve them for a price. Now is the time to quietly and politely implement some new policies for Fiji.
Jone says:
Agreed! Australia and NZ are total hypocrits. If the standard is democracy, then Tonga and Samoa should also be expelled. This ruling is a joke!
It shouldn’t be lost that the Forum Secretariat is located in Suva, Fiji’s capital. Real Jack argues Fiji should kick the regional body out.
the best thing about arrogance is that the way to lever it is to challenge the ego - and thats whats been done to Canberra - and they’ve swallowed it hook line and sinker - now Fiji is free to do whatever it needs to do to implement these changes - the Forum is now irrelevant to what happens here - it has the option of taxing to the maximum the Forums activities here or simply kicking them out - now noone can say Fiji acted prematurely or irrationally by kicking out the Forum headquarters and its offices from here.
One subtext of this story has been the ineffectiveness of Australia and New Zealand to influence events in Fiji. With Fiji now sidelined in the Forum, the regional body will certainly lose influence with the government while China and India have moved in and strengthened business ties with the country; even if that means for Fiji sometimes employing foreigners at the expense of locals while the economy is sinking.
Fiji’s government said regardless of the suspension, bi-lateral agreements with other countries in the region remain alive and it will continue dialogue with other international partners. The Australian press, at least, reports that China does not want to be seen as a “protector” to the Fijian regime. This has been picked up by at least one blogger, Discombobulated Bubu.
I was wondering why Voreqe has been strutting about like a peacock lately.
Word is that he thinks China will just write him blank cheques whenever he asks cos China is such the new bestest friend.
I am no political expert but I know enough to appreciate that this is a good example of just how no man is an island.
When it comes to the crunch, China will value Australia’s word more because it is Australia that has the goodies that China wants.
Fiji offers no more than an opportunity for Chinese Nationals to come and earn a living (courtesy of the string attached to the Chinese loans) , pilfer our fishing grounds, and perhaps a land grab if we, it’s citizens, continue to stay complacent about the rape of our freedoms.
Chinese don’t come here to lay on the beaches. They go to places that have casino’s and present opportunities to make money.
Bloggers aren’t only looking at this issue from the viewpoint of Fiji. New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the Pacific Islands Forum have parts to play also, says the New Zealand-based blog Fiji: The Way It Was, Is and Can be. While New Zealand has looked the other way regarding military coups in larger countries, two separate governments were not ready to do so with Fiji. That’s because New Zealand never saw Fiji as an equal partner.
Do I hold New Zealand primarily responsible for the way things have developed? Yes, but obviously not entirely. Bainimarama staged the Coup. His Government dug itself ever deeper into mud, much of its own making. Australia has also played an important role but seems, in most matters, to have taken its lead from us. Regretfully, I think we are the more culpable. I expected us to do better. Fiji’s string of crises need not have come to this. We have been the most insistent on an election deadline that, for technical reasons alone, most probably could not have been met on time. Australia still has a High Commission in Suva, and has offered technical and other support. We have no High Commissioner and only skeletal HC staff.
We have offered nothing to help Fiji out of its mess– no forsensic accountants, no judicial or electoral expertise, no progressive easing of the travel bans, not even an air accident inspector. We, more than any other country, in our direct attacks and support for his opponents, drove Bainimarama back into a corner, provoking retaliation. Other Forum countries merely followed our lead, some with extreme reluctance. Let us hope dialogue continues, with or without the Forum. In a year or two, looking back, we may have cause to recall that it was at this Midnight we “send to know for whom the bell tolls.” We will then know whether is was Bainimarama, Qarase, Fiji, Australia’s and New Zealand’s mana, or the Forum we helped create and destroy.
Meanwhile, in displays quite uncharacteristic of good diplomacy, we have bailed ourselves and Bainimarama into a corner leaving neither a way to escape with dignity intact.
Along with the news of its suspension, the government announced its emergency rules would be extended for a second thirty days. This allows the police extra search and seizure powers, the right to detain suspects up to seven days without charges and provides strict rules for media coverage of political events, along with government censors embedded in newsrooms. The government said it re-upped the rules to maintain calm “during trying times.”
Following a court ruling stating the Commodore Frank Bainimarama came to power illegally in December 2006, the country’s President nullified the constitution, fired the entire judiciary and reappointed Bainimarama to a five-year term, expiring in 2014.
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The FLS motions to be adopted that irked Frank’s gatekeepers
May 4, 2009
The body of the letter to Dorsami Sami, President Fiji Law Society, dated 21st April 2009 reads :
Dear Sir,
Re: Requisition for General Meeting
Pursuant to section 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act, we the undersigned members of the Fiji Law Society (the FLS) hereby respectfully request that you convene a special general meeting of the Society as soon as possible.
The main object of the proposed special general meeting is for the Society to make its stand on the purported abrogation on 10th April 2009 of the Fiji Islands Constitution (Amendment Act 1997 (the Constitution of Fiji) by the President, Ratu Josefa IloilovatuUluivuda (the President) through the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 1997 Revocation Decree 2009.
The undersigned members petition the Society and its Council and would like the following Motions to be adopted at the special general meeting of the Society:-
1. The FLS strongly condemns and does not recognise the purported abrogation of the Constitution of Fijiby the President, which is illegal and unconstitutional;
2. The FLS strongly condemns and does not recognise the President’s purported exercise of legislative or executive powers to make or pas? decrees, such action being illegal and in violation of the Constitution of Fiji;
3.The FLS condemns and does not recognise the purported dismissal of the judges and magistrates by the President of Fiji, such action being illegal and in violation of the Constitution of Fiji.
4. The FLS strongly denounces and does not recognise the prime ministerial, ministerial, judicial and other or any assignments or appointments made and decreed by the President subsequentto the purported abrogation of the Constitution of Fiji.
5. The FLS considers that the Constitution of Fiji is still the supreme law of Fiji and that its purported abrogation by the President is illegal and unconstitutional.
6. The FLS calls on the interim regime to respect the human rights of Fiji citizens and residents including freedom of expression and freedom of association.
7. The FLS strongly deplores the President’s decision to disregard the Fiji Court of nAppeal Judgment in Qarase & Others v. Bainimarama& Others. The FLS reaffirms its support for the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Qarase case and urges the President pursuant to that decision to appoint a caretaker Prime Minister to advise dissolution of the Parliament and the issuance of writs for the election of members of the House of Representatives.
8. The FLS calls on its members to decline to appear before aU Courts and judicial officers purportedly appointed under the so called “New Legal Order” at all levels, divisions and districts, in protest against the illegal purported abrogation of the Constitution of Fiji.
9. The FLS calls for the immediate restoration of the Constitution of Fiji and reinstatement of the judiciary, and revocation of the state of emergency and accompanying restrictions on human rights, especially freedom of speech, expression and assembly.
10. The FLS pledges that it will continue to strive to maintain the independence of the judiciary and promote democracy and the rule of law in Fiji.
Yours faithfully
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We have received information that the key reason behind Amani Bale & Cos forced visit to QEB yesterday was due to a requistion letter for a Fiji Law Society special general meeting dated 21st April 2009.
Amani Bale was one of the lawyers who signed that requisition letter addressed to the President of FLS, Dorsami Naidu.
Other lawyers whose signatures appeared on that letter were those we mentioned a thread ago led by Hemendra Nagin, Graham Leung, Amani Bale, amongst others.
According to section 24 of the Legal Practitioners Act, at least 15 lawyer members are required to call a special general meeting.
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Brave Fiji lawyers who condemn the purported abrogation of the 1997 Constitution
May 4, 2009
These are the names of Fiji lawyers who have signed their names against their condemnation of the Iloilo, Frank, Aiyaz & Co. claimed abrogation of the 1997 constitution.
RFN wish to salute these principled lawyers for upholding Fiji’s supreme law of the land.
1. Hemendra Nagin
2. Amani Bale
3. Simione Valenitabua
4. Mohammed Saneen
5. Graham Leung
6. Savenaca Banuve
7. Jay Shree Raniga
8. Aseri Vakaloloma
9. Vilitati Daveta
10. Raman P Singh
11. Sevuloni Valenitabua
12. Akuila Naco
13. Semi Leweniqila
14. Rajendra Chaudhry
15. Christina Panikan
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Fiji Sun editorials and appeasements of Adolf Sayed Khaiyum - Nazi paper!
May 4, 2009
The relentless praise of the neo-Nazi regime in Fiji, and especially the praise of Adolf Sayed Khaiyum as acting Prime Minister by the newly appointed publisher Peter Lomas and the Fiji SUN, remind RFN of Lord Rothermere, the owner of the London Daily Mail, who wrote a series of articles praising the new German Chancellor Adolf Hitler.“The sturdy young Nazis,” Rothermere wrote in the Daily Mail of 28 November 1933, “are Europe’s guardians against the Communist danger”.
Rothereme visited Adolf Hitler in Germany and began a correspondence with him.
The Daily Mail’s special correspondence Ward Price became Hitler’s favourite foreign journalist, finding Hitler’s fondness for children and dogs “proof of his good nature”.Lord Londonderry was another Hitler enthusiast.
On 12 March 1936 he wrote to the London Times supporting Hitler’s takeover of the Rhineland.
He also wrote a book about his visits to Germany during which he had a two-hour meeting with Hitler.
The case for Adolf Khaiyum and the goon Frank by Fiji SUN and Lomas remind the RFN of another Nazi sympathiser Professor A. P. Laurie entitled The Case for Germany.RFN has also been reliably informed that Lomas’s anti-Samoan editorials stem from the fact that he failed to get re-appointed with The Samoan Observer – the job went to that indomitable and fearless champion of press freedom in Fiji, the former Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter.
RFN has also learnt that Lomas “backstabbed” Hunter on joining the Fiji SUN and is now exhibiting every sign of become a sympathizer of Adolf Khaiyum and the illegal regime.
RFN has also learnt that the military goons, posing as media censors, recently prevented the following news item from appearing in the Fiji SUN regarding Hunter’s appointment:
“Samoa’s only daily newspaper has hired the former Publisher and CEO of the Fiji Sun newspaper, Russell Hunter, who was deported from Fiji last year by the illegal interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Mr Hunter joins the Samoa Observer newspaper group as the Development Editor a position previously held by another overseas veteran journalist, Peter Lomas. Hunter told the Samoa Observer that in fact Fiji could learn a lot from Samoa because it is increasingly regarded in the region as having a progressive government in relations with the media.”
RFN says to Peter Lomas and Fiji SUN: Learn from Russell Hunter – Stand Up to the Regime and Defend Press Freedom in Fiji.
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Apologise to Fiji coup victims Injustice Jocelyn Scutt before scuttling back to Australia
May 4, 2009
The anti-coup sister website Coup Four and Half is reporting that the feminist coup supporter and friend of the Shameems is packing to run back to her native Australia.
We at RFN call upon the Injustice Jocelyne Scutt, a rabid anti-monarchist to apologise to the nation, especially to the coup victims, for endorsing the 2006 coup and mouthing Shaista Shameem’s crap that the 2006 general election was not free and fair.
Bloggers, when she was kicked out as Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in Tasmania, she screamed the following: “I was bullied and victimised: discrimination watchdog tables her distress”
By Andrew DarbyOctober 28, 2004
The high profile barrister and author, Jocelynne Scutt, has ended a troubled term as Tasmania’s first anti-discrimination commissioner with a sweeping attack on the state’s legal institutions. The state’s Supreme Court was also a target of the broadside that extended to lawyers, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ombudsman and Department of Justice.Dr Scutt said attempts were made to destabilise her office and she was bullied and coerced. Support in the job was denied her, as was natural justice and a duty of care.“The attacks pained me deeply, causing me huge grieving and distress,” she said in her last annual report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament yesterday. A widely known feminist and lawyer, Dr Scutt came to Tasmania in 1999, early in the premiership of the late Jim Bacon. Rocky relationships developed with many in the legal system, which Dr Scutt put down to resistance to her attempts to administer the Anti-Discrimination Act. “Bullying, pressure and other means have been employed to curtail the independence of the office and to curb the integrity of decision-making,” she wrote.Dr Scutt said she considered suing for defamation, false imprisonment, abuse of process, contempt of court and victimisation. But such a step would require confidence in Tasmania’s justice system. She recounted one case in which the Supreme Court denied her procedural fairness, adding: “In my extensive experience as a member of counsel, admitted to practice in every Australian jurisdiction and practising in most of them, I have never encountered such an approach outside this state.”Unique in Australia, she said, Tasmania’s DPP could act as a solicitor in civil matters, meaning they could appear in an anti-discrimination case. Dr Scutt said a small number of Tasmanian lawyers habitually used abusive and unprofessional language, and she once received a pornographic image and a brutal statement that appeared to have come from someone in the legal profession. She also had to ask for police protection.She said the commission received little thanks for its work or assistance against attempts to destabilise it. Dr Scutt did not reapply for the position at the end of her five-year term and indicated yesterday she was putting the experience behind her. She had restored her name to the Melbourne bar’s practice list, she said. The state’s Attorney-General, Judy Jackson, declined to comment, but the shadow attorney-general, Michael Hodgman, said the government owed Dr Scutt an apology.
“Human rights laws will work only if they are drafted to do so, are passed by parliaments with a real commitment to their operation, are overseen in their implementation by bodies that have full and proper Government and Opposition support, and are interpreted ultimately by courts having some comprehension of what human rights are, and how they are denied to those outside the traditional portals of power.” Jocelynne A. Scutt, Revisiting the Racial Discrimination Act, 2003
RFN says don’t you ever utter the word HUMAN RIGHTS – for in Fiji you forget what it really means – GO back to Australia before we send you to the women’s wing of the Suva gaol – they would love to have you with them.
By the way, we will be pursuing you, Thomas Hickie, Bryne, Gates (if he doesn’t flee to Sri Lanka soon) and other coup judges in Aussieland – you and the likes of your Aussie lawyers are a shame to the legal profession.
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Khaiyum - you’re the one who can’t see what you’re doing to Fiji!
May 4, 2009
The illegal and treasonous Attorny-General and now the inteirm illegal Prime Minister is reported as saying that Australia and New Zealand will continue to dominate the Pacific Islands Forum.
NO! It is you and your goons who are dominating and bullying the people of Fiji and anti-coup critics.
You are also calling on Australia and New Zealand to come and see what is happening in Fiji. Why should they - they know what is happening to Fiji - it is being turned into a dictatorship.
Remove your blindfold and return Fiji to democratic rule.
You and your boss say Fiji will only return to democracy when we have a new electoral system - why dont you travel up to Government House and ask Rupeni Nacewa to sign a decree on behalf of your President and introduce the new electoral system overnight, like you have done with other decrees.
Stop fooling yourself!
Stop blaming Australia and New Zealand.
Enjoy your delusionary power as long as it lasts!
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Forum Secretariat office in Suva may relocate if circumstances warrant it - Key
May 4, 2009
Fiji’s military regime is extending emergency regulations, which include media censorship and a ban on political meetings, for another month, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says.
The extension of emergency powers announced on April 10 after the constitution was abolished and the Pacific island nation’s judges were sacked was necessary because the media was “unprofessional and biased”, he told Radio New Zealand in an interview from the capital, Suva, on Monday.
The emergency regulations, due to expire on Sunday, would now remain in place until June 10.
The decision followed the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum’s suspension of Fiji’s membership on Saturday for failing to name a date for a return to democracy and fresh elections this year.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters in Wellington that despite the suspension, the forum was likely to maintain its permanent secretariat in Suva.
“At this stage, it’s likely that they’ll stay, but that’s always subject to change if circumstances warrant that,” he said.
Key said it was unlikely that Fiji would expel the forum’s civil servants because it was a large employer and forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade had told him that “at this stage, it’s still workable”.
Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama has governed Fiji since he ousted the elected government in a bloodless coup in December 2006.
He has said there would be no elections until September 2014 when changes to the electoral system giving the ethnic Indian minority equal voting rights with indigenous Fijians would be in place.
Fiji Law Society president Dorsami Naidu told Radio New Zealand that the regime was shutting down any dissent and there was no justification for the emergency regulations.
He described the situation in the country of about 840,000 people as unpredictable.
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What some NZers think a Maori delegation to Fiji will achieve
May 4, 2009
From NZ Herald
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia wants to send a delegation to Fiji to meet military Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, saying she believes he has good intentions in proposing electoral reform and deserves a hearing.
She has also criticised the Government’s lack of tolerance towards Fiji compared with other undemocratic countries it has trading relationships with - a clear reference to China.
Mrs Turia said on TV One’s Q&A yesterday that her party had discussed sending Maori leaders to Fiji, which was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum on Friday after failing to commit to holding elections this year.
What do you think a Maori Party delegation to Fiji will achieve? Here is the latest selection of Your Views:
Ian (Glen Eden) John Key is just starting to find out what it is like to be in any sort of “deal” with the Maori party (he should have done some homework beforehand amd he would have discovered that it is like walking on hot coals).
Turia has just single-handedly destroyed any work that has been done on that issue until now.
How stupid to have two messages coming out of NZ about that dreadful man, Banarama! He is distroying Fiji’s economy and turning it into a wasteland, just like Zimbabwe.
Perhaps this is what the Maori party also want for NZ ? (Using racism as the grandstand of course).
As for Paul Holmes calling her the “elder-stateswoman for Maori in NZ”, what a load of absolute rubbish that comment is, just goes to show how short-sighted some people are.
I used to be a supporter of the Maori seats, now I’m not so sure. I guess it depends on the calibre of the sitting MP’s and leaders because the current lot leave a lot to be desired.
pelco (Pakuranga) John Key pulled NZ representatives out from the UN conference because Israel was likely to be criticised. Hardly a decision in keeping with NZ’s solid racial policies.
And now we have a group that could have a positive contibution towards Fiji yet John Key goes to great length to emphasise the government’s non contribution.
Already National is looking very inept with foreign policy.
Non criticsm of Gaza atrocities, aquiesence to the strong Zionist lobby with the conference pullout and now the head in sand attitude towards Fiji.
Not a promising start.
Margret phillips (Auckland Central) They don’t think its fair in Fiji for local tribes to have all the power when it comes to voting but they want to keep Maori seats in NZ? Rather hypocritical if you ask me.

Fed Up (Christchurch) Absolutely nothing, it’s just their way of trying to achieve some sort of profile. You have one of them going to Australia to try and stir up the aborigines, and now this woman wants to go and back a Dictator. Not hard to see where the Maori Party want to go, but alas they haven’t got the numbers in this country for a coup. By the way, there will be no money in it for you, Fiji are broke.
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Fiji : From big smoke to big smokescreen
May 4, 2009
By Barbara Dreaver - TVNZ
When I was a kid growing up in Kiribati, Fiji was the big smoke. I’d cling to my mother’s hand taking in the tantalising smells of curry and spices, crazy taxi drivers weaving across roads and what seemed to be a sea of people the changing faces of Fijians and Indo Fijians and lots of them. To a child it was the Disneyland of the Pacific, Fiji was huge.
As a young journalist working in the Cook Islands, Fiji was still the big smoke. I’d go for media workshops and argue politics over a beer in Traps bar, go shopping for salwar kameez in hidden treasure troves down Suva’s winding back alleys and formed lasting friendships with the Fijian journalists I admired so much.
As my career has evolved, that admiration has stayed constant. Fiji is like an onion, you peel it and there is another layer underneath. It’s a complex weave of politics, relationships and history.
Any foreign journalist - or foreign anything for that matter - who thinks they truly know Fiji is kidding themselves. It’s changeable, fluid and I learnt early on that making predictions was dicey - things are seldom what they seem and whenever it appear something is going a certain way, the opposite will happen. It’s just how Fiji is - and its a strength not a weakness.
As Fiji has catapaulted through turbulent times and information has become harder to get, it has been the local journalists who have dug it out under incredibly stressful conditions. Details of intimidation the Fijian media face are not publicly known. But despite the threats they’ve faced, the Fiji media keep doing their job day after day trying to uncover information about how their country is being run - the good and the bad - for the people who live there.
The concept of media freedom is really very simple. The public has a right to know.
In the last two weeks I’ve watched good journalists struggling to deal with no freedom of speech . It’s finally come to this - if they report what’s going on they face prison, or worse.
Just last week military leader and self imposed Prime Minister Voreque Bainimarama indignantly told a reporter:
“I allow free expression that’s why they publish the paper every day, the television is on, the radio everything is broadcast - its irresponsible reporting I don’t like”.
The truth is what the Commander doesn’t like is anything that deviates from or challenges his own inflated opinion. And that’s why he’s slammed media censors in every newsroom.
Free expression? What a joke.
For all his rhetoric, what Fiji has is a typical military dictatorship.
There would be few who do not believe Fiji’s electoral system is in dire need of a hefty revamp. But to use this as an excuse to sack judges, censor media, threaten and lock up anyone who has a different opinion is criminal and arrogance of the highest order.
And so we come to World Press Freedom Day - a day where we defend media from attacks on their independence. It’s a time when we think of our Fiji media friends whose words are monitored even when they travel overseas to conferences. It’s a time when we think of our Fiji media friends who are under threat for simply doing their job. And it’s a time when we applaud our Fiji media friends for their silent protest. They may not be publishing anything politically negative, but the positive stories are absent too.
Does Fiji deserve to get thrown out of the Pacific Forum ? Yes it does. Do the Fijian people deserve to be isolated from the region? No they don’t. They deserve a media that’s free and fair and they deserve to have a say in their country’s future.
Fiji is no longer the big smoke. It is a smokescreen for power hungry men who will do anything to get what they want.
Watch here http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/fiji-from-big-smoke-big-smokescreen-2702004/video
Click here to watch the Media 7 panel discussion on media censorship in Fiji
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THE president of the Sydney-based Fiji Democracry and Freedom Movement Usaia Waqatairewa has called for passive resistance against the country’s military regime.
In an interview conducted via email with Fiji Uncensored, Waqatairewa also said assassination would not be a solution to Fiji’s current crisis.
“Assassination is barbaric,” he said. “Besides, it would be the easy way out for these ursurpers.
“They need to be arrested and then let the law take its course. Anything else would be hypocritical to what we are fighting for, such as the respect for law and order, the due process of the law, democracy and freedom.”
The movement held its first meeting on April 18 where it produced a statement titled the Sydney Declaration for the Restoration of Democracy in Fiji. The declaration condemned the regime’s abrogation of the 1997 Constitution and called on the people of Fiji to support its demand for a return to democracy.
“Since our first meeting, we have had overwhelming support from the Fiji Indian community and our cousins from the other Pacific Island communities such as the Maori, Tongans and Samoans.”
Waqatairewa said the movement was open to anybody, including Australians who had a keen interest in the restoration of democracy in Fiji. “The movement plans to be bipartisan, where we put our differences aside and fight for the common goal, [that] of the restroration of democracy in Fiji, as prescribed under the 1997 Constitution.”
He said while those who attended the first meeting were predominantly indigenous Fijians, representatives of Anglo Australians, Fiji Indians, Rotumans and mixed races originally from Fiji were also present.
“As I mentioned that night, our challenge is to recruit more [especially with the Australian 2006 National Census indicating that there are] 26,800 Fiji-born people living in Sydney alone.”
The movement’s next meeting will be held on May 9 at the Marrickville Town Hall in Sydney. Its inaugural general meeting is scheduled for October 3, one week before Fiji Day.

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