Coupfourpointfive has been told the editor of the Fiji Times, Netani Rika, and deputy editor, Sophie Foster, are being forced to leave the newspaper by the new owner and publisher.
Sources say publisher Dallas Swinstead announced Rika's resignation to Fiji Times staff and issued a media release when Rika had not even resigned yet.
Rika still hasn't put his resignation through.
And, now, the deputy editor, Sophie Foster, has taken sudden leave.
Sources say like Rika, Foster has been told to bow down to the interim regime like Dallas and owner, Mahendra Patel want, or resign.
It's no news that Swinstead and Patel want the paper to get on with the Frank Bainimarama regime because it's all about the money for them.
Coupfourpointfive has been told Swinstead, who is on a six month work permit, wants to get on with the regime so the paper can re-secure government advertising.
The morale at the Fiji Times newsroom today is said to be sombre after journalists learnt the truth about Rika and Foster being pushed out.
There have been teary sessions and staff are depressed because the Fiji Times has lost its reputation as the newspaper that upheld democracy and journalistic principles.