Friday, April 16, 2010

Illegal AG Bollocks Fiji Times for not Covering Food Symposium


POSTED BY PACIFIC IN THE MEDIA , APRIL 16, 2010

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The junta's illegal attorney general, Sayed-Khaiyumhas attacked the Fiji Times again, this time criticising the country's oldest paper for failing to file stories on the Food Security Symposium.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is quoted in the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation today as saying: “The point is that the Fiji Times does not does not want to write any stories, does not want to comment on any issues, does not want to cover any events – such as yesterday – if it makes the Bainimarama government look good.

“That is the bottom line and you will see the theme running throughout their publications for the last three years, irrespective of whether that agenda has a positive effect on the people of Fiji, irrespective of whether it will help economic development and advance investor confidence.

“The Fiji Times is not interested in those aspects. All they’re interested in is from a political perspective. That is their agenda.”

The Fiji Times editor in chief, Netani Rika, defended the paper, saying today's edition covers Bainimarama’s visits to Ovalau as well as other positive stories on the work of the government.

He says the Fiji Times has always contributed towards the welfare of Fiji and its citizens and it is the censoring by the government that prevents certain good stories from going to press.

“As for the food symposium, that was a very big event, there are some many issues that need to be covered from there, and it was just too much for us to handle yesterday with everything else that was going on,” says Rika.

“Our 43,000 readers will be able to read about that symposium in tomorrow’s paper providing the censor’s don’t take those stories out. We have described exactly how it is that we contribute to this country. We’ve done so for the last 140 years.”-Source Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

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