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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unpopular Fiji Sun reporter breached Media Decree

Pratibha: Defamed SODELPA Youth leader.
Nasty piece of works gets done for breaching the Media Decree: about time.

Fiji Sun journalist Jyoti Pratibha has been writing biased stories for some time; her wings have now hopefully been clipped by MIDA, which has found she defamed complainant Pita Waqavonovono.

Bloggers will know Pratibha from her vile reporting for the regime favoured Fiji Sun news pages and cheap gawar Coconut Wireless column; she wrote the offending article about Waqavonovono late last year.

Pratibha, who has directed most of her poisonous attacks at SODELPA hierarchy and supporters, has been pinged for writing Waqavonovono should be "cleaned out" of SODELPA, and that he needed deodorant and a shave as well.

The decision has come from MIDA chairman Ashwin Raj, who has described the article as 'antagonistic, thoroughly yoked in the logic of race and bereft of facts'.

The story, of course, was one of the Sun's phallic efforts to promote Frank Bainimarama and make out the Opposition was 'racist and divisive' and holding the country back.

Pratibha's not so glorious missive Person of the Year: The PM who delivers, has now been found to be lacking 'balance, accuracy and the principles of responsible journalism'.

The Fiji Sun has since circulated a rather feeble statement rejecting the MIDA decision as flawed citing what it says is 'one of Fiji's most experienced and respected lawyers, Suruj Sharma' whose legal opinion is that Raj's findings 'are clearly without legal and jurisdictional basis of facts of law'.

Peter Lomas' statement claims the reporting around the MIDA findings has also been 'poorly informed' and Pratiba has been subjected to a 'scurrilous smear campaign'.

In one of its own articles, the paper is now telling Raj he has until next Monday (March 9) to 'retract and apologise to the Fiji Sun'.

This blog has previously deleted numerous comments about Pratibha, believing she should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially as she was a woman, and a lot of the comments were derogatory, but like her employer she appears to have no or few ethics.

According to anecdotes we've heard, she is quarrelsome and hostile with her subjects and is quick to make trouble if she doesn't get her way.

We say to Pratibha, who has gone from ordinary hack to managing editor in what seems to be a very short time, and the Fiji Sun: suck it up, you were done fair and square, and it's been a long time coming.

Waqavonovono's complaint to Ashwin Raj:

RE: Person of the Year Article (27/12/14) FIJISUNI write to make a complaint on an article by Jyoti Phatibha in the FijiSun newspaper on the 27 December 2014 under the title Person of the Year.

I am most concerned with Ms Pratibha's decision to attack SODELPA, carrying inaccuracies into the hands of the papers readers. In claiming the Party was resoundingly defeated at the polls, that the party played the divisive race card and whilst falling short of campaigning for Fiji First, that SODELPA's policy's were in no way a contrast to Bainimarama's platform for delivering Economic, Security, Equality and Service to the people of Fiji.

This is a abuse of the newspapers privileges and a clear sign that people like Pratibha can-not be trusted to write neutral, factual and non personal articles, which are journalistic principles I thought guided your newspaper.

Where is the Proof that SODELPA played divisive racial politics in the lead up to the September 2014 General Elections? Where is the proof that SODELPA was canceled out in the national vote or resoundingly defeated and are not represented in Parliament?. Where is the proof that SODELPA via their manifesto and historic democratic governance since 2001 as SDL could not provide a platform for delivering Economic, Security, Equality and Service to the people of Fiji?
Fiji Sun has deliberately produced an article that is not factual and littered with one persons controversial ideas presented as attribution.

I personally think that the Fiji Sun, is fast bordering on embarrassment to Fiji's mainstream media and Ms Pratibha's lack of practice of Journalistic Ethics is a concern, and it seems very likely that Ms Pratibha and the Fiji Sun are seeking to distort facts, create animosity and rekindle racial slurs with it's constant hate reporting on anything political other then FIJI FIRST or Frank Bainimarama.

On the 23rd September 2014, I wrote to the Media Industry Development Authority and the Fiji Sun to complain about an article written by Ms Pratibha about me; where she demanded that I as the SODELPA Youth President should be 'cleaned out' of the Party. She also declared to the Nation that I should Shave and buy myself a deodorant. Since then, no retraction or apology has been issued.
Ms Pratibha also complained to The International Federation of Journalists regarding a story she had fabricated involving my Facebook posts - on the 10/09/14, the Federation reported that Ms Pratibha received threats and was a target of an assault after I posted a comment about her on my Facebook page. I hope Ms Pratibha has evidence that I have written so passionately about her (like she has about me) because uptill now, I have tried not to comment on her unprofessional journalistic skills. I also cannot can-not be blamed for all the racist comments and feelings generated by her articles and hate reporting. These are the fruits of the newspapers inaction over hate reporting and the distortion of the true feelings of indigenous people and our leaders.As a citizen of Fiji, and a reader of the Fiji Sun, I demand change in the Newspaper's reporting immediately.

 I also demand that Ms Pratibha is disciplined for her racist, biased and hate reporting.

I also demand that Fiji Sun perform a background check on the facts calling SODELPA a racist Party; and immediately accept that Indigenous Rights is Human Rights, and the rights of Fiji's Indigenous population to self determination and safeguarding under International Human Rights Standards is not Racist but an exercise of our responsibilities as Indigenous People.

Where is Media Freedom when parcels of the Media act irresponsibly and act to promote one party rather then present a unbiased and factual approach to it's reporting
VinakaPeter Waqavonovono

Peter Waqavonovono <peterwaqa@gmail.com> 08:39 (10 hours ago)
to Ashwin
, nemani.delaiba.


Mr Raj

I thank you for your swift response, I also ask, why are you waiting for FijiSun to respond? Does MIDA not have the resources or the time to investigate these serious claims immediately and make a suitable discernment on the matter

I draw your attention to a complaint made to MIDA on the airing of an advice to Frank Bainimarama by a member of the Tailevu Provincial Council in April 2014. In a statement to Fiji Citizens, you said 
“Masquerading itself as an exercise in freedom of expression, political discourse has, in fact, descended to unabashed racial vilification and in some instances its content is tantamount to injurious or hate speech,” and in part without Fiji TV's official response did you not pass judgment.

Did MIDA wait for the official response of Radio New Zealand and Al Jazeera before claiming the organisations were guilty of biased, unbalanced and inaccurate reporting.

The reason why I think, seeking Fiji Sun's official response is nonsensical, is captured in my initial complaint. Since the 23rd September 2014, I have yet to receive a official response
 from Fiji Sun and thus you have yet to 'adjudicate' on that matter.Mr Raj, I ask that you urgently look into this matter as Fiji Sun seems to be running wild on fabricating news and creating much racial tensions by attacking Indigenous Rights, Leaders and Consciousness
Mr Raj, I repost my demands herein

As a citizen of Fiji, and a reader of the Fiji Sun, I demand change in the Newspaper's reporting immediately.
 I also demand that Ms Pratibha is disciplined for her racist, biased and hate reporting.
I also demand that Fiji Sun perform a background check on the facts calling SODELPA a racist Party; and immediately accept that Indigenous Rights is Human Rights, and the rights of Fiji's Indigenous population to self determination and safeguarding under International Human Rights Standards is not Racist but an exercise of our responsibilities as Indigenous People.

Where is Media Freedom when parcels of the Media act irresponsibly and act to promote one party rather then present a unbiased and factual approach to it's reporting
On Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM, Ashwin Raj <ashwin.raj@usp.ac.fj> wrote:Dear Mr. Waqavonovono,

MIDA will treat this as an official complaint and will seek Fiji Sun's official response before it convenes to adjudicate on the matter. 
Ashwin Raj
Chair, MIDA.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kaisi vs Kaise vs Blue Blood

There's confusion over whether the word 'kaisi' was said by someone in the Opposition as claimed by Frank Bainimarama.

On February 11 in Parliament, Bainimarama warned the Opposition against using derogatory words like 'kaisi' in Parliament.

This is what he said:
 

"It's very insulting to hear one of our members being insulted from across the room from that side with the iTaukei insult 'kaisi'. "When you walk out, you can pick it up again, your Ratu, your Adi, and you walk out with it. When you walk through that door, nobody really gives two hoots about your title, supposedly your blue blood; you walk through there as in a military establishment.


Blue blood, isn't that an insult?
 

"This establishment is something I see along that line. Maybe we should have a mirror outside that door Madam Speaker so that when we walk in, we look at the mirror, if you can see blue blood or royal blood running through your vein, then you have the right to come and call everybody here 'kaisi'."

However there is no record of this word being said in the Hansard and the Speaker of the House Jiko Luveni says she did not in fact hear the word 'kaisi' being said.

The Speaker did not hear it, the media never heard it, the people in the gallery never heard it, the Parliamentary staff there at the time never heard it.

Only Frankie heard it.

Even when the minutes of the meeting were being confirmed the very next day, Bainimarama didn't ask for any amendment

What has actually now surfaced is that on the day, Bainimarama made a threat in Fijian under his breath. 


He threatened to throw his water bottle at someone in the Opposition. The Opposition has the video below as proof of this.
video

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Charges laid for Vilikesa's Soko's death

Vilikesa Soko RIP
Eight police officers and a soldier have been at last charged for the death of a man while in custody.

Vilikesa Soko was arrested in August last year on suspicion of robbery after $FJ50,000 dollars was stolen from a foreign exchange store in Nadi.


He died a few days later from multiple traumatic injuries and alleged 'traumatic rectal injury.'

Vilikesa is believed to have been assaulted. His medical report says he died as a result of a blood clot in his lungs, multi-organ failure and 'severe trauma to the penis'. 


Police claimed after he died that Soko was sickly, but  the lie was thwarted by an investigation by Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald.

Today, eight police officers and a soldier were charged with manslaughter, assault and rape. Manslaughter, not murder.


Two will face a further charge of perverting the course of justice by instructing fellow officers to make false statements. 




A second robbery suspect, 37 year old Eroni Baleinukulala, was also beaten.



Today's charges is heartening news but is a sad reminder of others who've also died or who have been maimed while in the hands of authorities - and the worrying concern of what is clearly systematic and ongoing abuse of citizens, guilty or otherwise of a crime.

Remember Epeli Qaraniqio, who escaped from Naboro and who had to have his leg amputated after he was recaptured and beaten by police. Isoa Waqa, who escaped with him, died after his beating.



We also can't go past the beating and torture of remand prisoner Iowane Benedito, who was repeatedly assaulted on the back of a truck by our so-called security forces as well as police and officers from the Corrections Department.

It's thanks largely again to Ben Groenewald that police have 'reopened' the case and Benedito has agreed to pursue charges.

The injuries suffered are all too common - beatings and torture, including guns being shoved up their asses or 'alleged rectal injuries' as their medical reports so politely put it.

When will this inhumane treatment of citizens, accused thieves or otherwise, stop?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Military wants soldiers to design new flag for Fiji

If it wasn't so wrong, it'd be funny.

Whenever things get tricky for Frank Bainimarama, the military comes out to support him or should we say intimidate the people.

And so we have that moment again.

Bainimarama wants to ditch the Fiji flag but there's resistance, so the gutless wonder has called in the military to endorse his plan and to remind citizens the army is only too ready to step in when he needs them.

Fiji army commander Mosese Tikoitoga today said the barracks is right behind the new flag.

Hilariously, he also announced soldiers would be taking part in an internal flag design competition.

Tikoitoga says 'any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner'.

It seems Fiji soldiers can do anything - from being peacekeepers, thugs, 'elected' government ministers, to catching American iguanas and now flag designers.

How about them doing what they're supposed to? Like serving and protecting the people from treasonist, thieving lying coup makers and thugs like Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum?

“We fully agree with the changing of the flag, I have put out an instruction with the military that we hold an internal competition in designing the new flag. We will pay a financial price to the winner of the competition within the military environment that instruction has gone out,” said Brigadier General – Mosese Tikoitoga.

Furthermore he added that “any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner.”

“We fully agree with the changing of the flag, I have put out an instruction with the military that we hold an internal competition in designing the new flag. We will pay a financial price to the winner of the competition within the military environment that instruction has gone out,” said Brigadier General – Mosese Tikoitoga.

Furthermore he added that “any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner.”

“We fully agree with the changing of the flag, I have put out an instruction with the military that we hold an internal competition in designing the new flag. We will pay a financial price to the winner of the competition within the military environment that instruction has gone out,” said Brigadier General – Mosese Tikoitoga.

Furthermore he added that “any design that the boys can come up with, we leave it to their imagination, the only instruction we’ve given them it has to have the same shape of the flag that we have now, to have the same light blue background on the flag because it’s then important for our national anthem to the continued blue banner.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fiji citizens put a fight to save flag


Growing resistance to plan to dump flag.


Irrelevant and riddled with colonialism.

That's Frank Bainimarama's reasoning for ditching the flag and unveiling a new one on Independence Day in October.

Bainimarama claims he can come up with a flag more relevant for the New Fiji.

"We need to replace the symbols on our existing flag that are out of date and no longer relevant, including some anchored to our colonial past.


"The new flag should reflect Fiji's position in the world today as a modern and truly independent nation state."


The goon has resorted to justifying his arbitrary decision by saying New Zealand's doing it so why not Fiji.


But hang on - New Zealand and other democratic countries hold a referendum when they want to change something as major as their flag, don't they?


That's right - the people of Fiji have not been consulted.

As the National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says, there should be a referendum.

"An issue of national importance, especially when it involves an issue that has become an indelible part of our history, symbolizing transition from 96 years of Colonial Rule to full Independence 45 years ago, must involve the entire population of Fiji, including their elected representatives."

Bainimarama says there is no need for a referendum, he has spoken and that's it. He says the competition will run for two months and the voice of every Fijian will be heard.

Will be heard how? So now every Fijian is a designer, artist, and painter? And everyone's voice will be heard in two month. Bullcrap.

And, sorry, Bainimarama your changing the flag won't wash away Fiji's colonial past.

"When one looks at our institutions, names of our major roads and streets, they are named in honour of colonial rulers, administrators and monarchs," says Prasad. "Aren’t these remnants of Colonialism, if PM’s logic is given credibility?


"This government also still attaches our Indo-Fijian community to colonial history," he says.

"The preamble describes Indians as descendants of indentured labourers from British India. What nonsense!"

This is insulting. India was a British Colony, so was Fiji and many other countries under the rule of the British Empire. 

Therefore, the preamble basically describes Indo-Fijians as British Indians!

Like all sugar coated snow jobs (remember the re-branding of Air Pacific to Fiji Airways and the theft of?), the regime has organised a national competition to find a winning design.


Beware this PR exercise because it'll be riddled with agendas - remember what they did with the Constitution.


If you want to save the flag, sign the petition here