Roasted Pryde

The Dominion Post | Monday, 31 March 2008

Fiji Solicitor-General Chris Pryde risks making himself appear absurd
with his formal complaint against a Dominion Post reporter and Radio
New Zealand for what he claims is biased coverage of the Fiji regime,
The Dominion Post writes.
Mr Pryde, in a written complaint that has gone to the Broadcasting
Standards Authority, condemns a RNZ interview with Michael Field as an
“uneducated, ill-informed, deeply biased, unbalanced and false account
of events in Fiji” and notes that Field is not resident in Fiji.

What Mr Pryde did not highlight is that the military regime he works
for detained and then deported Field last year as he sought to report
on the expulsion of the New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green.
Like the Chinese in Tibet, the Fijian regime likes to operate without
the inconvenience of outside scrutiny.

Rather than complaining about journalists who do not see Fiji the way
the military who deposed an elected government would want them to, Mr
Pryde should be addressing the issues raised in the latest United
States State Department report on human rights in the country.

That report, issued earlier this month, paints a grim picture of an
unsavoury regime.

Covering 2007, it notes security forces were implicated in three
unlawful killings where suspects died after beatings. There will be
trials in those cases – one is under way now – but the State
Department also notes there were numerous reports of other abuses by
security forces, including the beating of New Zealand businessman
Ballu Khan during his arrest for allegedly plotting to assassinate
coup leader and now prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The beating
resulted in a fractured skull.

It also notes that while Fijian law provides for an independent
judiciary the interim government has in practice interfered with that.

Commodore Bainimarama’s supporters are keen to portray him as the man
who has stopped the country sliding into corruption.

They miss the point. The government he deposed was legitimately
elected. He is not. If he believed he had the answers for Fiji, the
right course was for him to hang up his uniform and seek power at the
ballot box, not at the point of a bayonet. Against that background the
move by Pacific foreign ministers to hold Commodore Bainimarama to his
promise to hold free and fair elections by March next year was
unavoidable, and Fiji Foreign Minister Epeli Nailatikau’s assurance
that a detailed timetable for an election is being worked on is
welcome.

However, he has not yet given a date, and for the elections to
meaningful there will have to be an end to the intimidation of
opponents.

Commentators in Fiji have already noted the regime’s excesses have
harmed the economy and that if the elections are not seen as
legitimate there will be further damage. Now is the time for New
Zealanders to underline that by showing that they do not believe it is
business as usual in Fiji. As they plan their winter breaks, they
should ask if it is right that they holiday there, and remember that
Tonga and the Cook Islands have beaches every bit as sandy and seas
every bit as blue as anything on offer in Fiji.

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12 Responses to “Roasted Pryde”

  1. natewaprince Says:

    The pen really is mightier than the sword.The biggest mistake this illegal regime made was to cross swords with the media.

    With Michael Fields operating from NZ ,Russel hunter in Aussie and Victor Lal in the UK,the pig has made very dangerous enemies with people who are beyond his reach.

    AND THEY WILL NEVER STOP PIGS,NEVER.UNTILL THE DAY THIS REGIME IS REMOVED,THESE GENTLEMAN WILL CONTINUE TO PRINT THE TRUTH,THE WHOLE TRUTH ,AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

  2. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    “…Pryde risks making himself appear absurd…”

    Surely this low life did this when he hopped into bed with chodopu$$’ junta.

    His legal career in NZ must have been at a low if he thought that working for a military dictatorship would gain him kudos in the legal fraternity.

    Then, in a bid to set a new level of stupidity, he appears in court before being admitted to the Fijian bar.

    I don’t think he has the brains to get fullchow teleni off on a parking ticket charge.

  3. Peace Pipe Says:

    Dont know what these leeches think when they come here and work for an illegal govt. They must really down on their last cent to be that desperate to accept the job or just plain darn mentally retarded. His govt condemns and does not recognise the ig yet he comes and works for it.

    NP not only our good freedom fighters overseas will stop exposing the lies of this ig, dont forget us bloggers and other freedom advocates like Rt Jone, Ro Filipe, Beddoes, Shamima Ali, Heffernan will keep speaking up against this illegal and immoral regime. We will uncover what they try to cover up.

  4. natewaprince Says:

    Very true PP,I was talking about our overseas anti- pig supporters in the open media.

  5. dinata Says:

    what a nut is pride! pride will goeth before the fall of this illegal govt of Bainimarama’s!

    it would be interesting to see where else pride will be employed after this little folly in Fiji. likely only mccoup will re-employ pride. NZ Tax Office should check whether he’s still getting paid by McCoup’s firm in Wellington or whether pride’s salary is paid into that firm’s account, as simply another service provided by McCoup – that will clarify whether Pride is really McCoup’s proxy in Fiji. From the tv coverage of the first 2 days of the Qarase trial, it became clear quickly that pride could not make any decision without first calling mccoup in hong kong.

    This may also explain pride’s comment that he’s “not responsible for the actions of my client”. The normal employer-employee relationship of his being contracted as SG would say otherwise because as SG, he IS the Permanent Secretary for the Attorney General, quite a different position from a clerk in the AG’s office don’t you think?

    As sg, OF COURSE HE”S INPUTTING INTO IG ACTIONS THRU LEGAL ADVICE AND VETTING!!! – that is the usual SG position – he is facilitating whatever the political master (AG) is saying, BUT NOT TO FACILITATE BREACHES OF THE CONSTITUTION! Be interesting to find out which BANKS in Japan he worked in the previous 8 years – was he facilitating illegality there too?????

    Someone keep a running list of all these LOSER LAWYERS FACILITATING ILLEGALITY!! including idjuts like the one who works for FICAC writing pro-IG letters in the newspaper… until hard questions as asked and they slink away with tails between their legs!

  6. Navosavakadua Says:

    Here we go again – endless circles. The so-called ‘state’ appears to
    believe that if the dismissal of PM Qarase was legal, then every act
    that followed by the illegal imposters must be legal. Now they have
    extended this ridiculous argument to the standing aside of (real) CJ
    Fatiaki. The State has filed a ‘strike out’ application against legal
    action by CJ Fatiaki. arguing that the issues raised in the Fatiaki
    case, were similar to that of the Qarase case, which awaits judgment
    following its conclusion. It’s true that a court that can swallow the
    Fatiaki case can swallow anything, but the law and the circumstances
    are different in each case. It beats me how the top hired guns can
    keep a straight face while making these arguments in court. May be
    they are trying to limit the number of times they have to go through
    this demeaning process which will leave their legal reputations badly
    tarnished.

  7. Tim Says:

    Off topic, but YET another example of the junta’s petulence and suspect logic.

    Permanent Representative to the United Nations, based in New York, Berenado Vunibobo purports to actually give a damn about the state of health services in Fiji (albeit from a comfortable position).

    IF he thinks that by approaching Cuba as a means of obtaining the necessary “medical shortages” will be seen as a worry to NZ and Australia, he’s sadly mistaken.
    Indeed, if Cuban doctors with the necessary credentials were to apply for positions in NZ to alleviate shortages, they’d receive consideration – so too elsewhere. The difference is, others make a distinction and choose not to use the wellbeing of their citizens for political point scoring.

    Look at this little gem:
    “In my view if New Zealand has adopted almost an attitude that is full of virulence, we have got to look elsewhere. What sort of friends do we have when you really have problems on your hands, and those whom you look up to for a hundred years plus dump you?” (Vunibobo)

    Firstly, NZ has not “dumped” Fiji. Rather Fiji under an illegal regime chose to “dump” NZ (and Australia, and other members of the Pacific Forum). Another example of the kind of revisionist history the junta likes to indulge in so that they can appear to be the “victims”.
    Vunibobo of all people should be aware that the status of the relationship was instigated by the iIG junta – fully aware of NZ, Australia’s and other Pac Forum nations’ position BEFORE Bainimarama and hangers on chose to make their move.

    Secondly, NZ, Australia and other neighbours will not “dump” Fiji in the event they are able to assist in any capacity – they simply do not wish to deal through illegal agents that they demonstrably cannot trust (nor can Fijians residing in Fiji).

    Thirdly, Cuba is well known for its exceptional capabilities and expertise in health. If Vunibobo had a genuine concern for a lack within Fiji, he would not couch the approach in terms he wrongly thinks will be regarded as threatening. He may find that NZ and Australia are able to offer Cuban health professionals better prospects than Fiji – so too might other P.I. nations with shortages of doctors, medicines, etc.
    That being so, Vunibobo will simply find that what he tries to present as genuine concern will be judged as yet another case of ass-licking that involves yet more attached strings and backhanders.

    Fourthly, if Vunibobo was genuinely concerned, he and the junta would simply have gotten on with establishing a relationship without fanfare. If it improves Fiji’s public health outcomes WITHOUT adverse conditions attached, NZ, Australia or any other of the friends he sees as having “dumped Fiji” will not be the least concerned.

    and Fifthly, if there was a genuine concern in the Fiji Health sector by this rag-tag military-led hoonta, they might have more of a concern for the health professionals (doctors, nursing staff, facilities et al) that are getting shat on by this illegal regime. I’m sure that 5% of the incomes of all involved in this pathetic and off-tune band of misfits that are attempting to conduct an illegal government would be sufficient to reward nurses and medical staff in existing facilities. It may even be sufficient to attract expertise resources from other places. It’s just that most reasonable people aren’t really into pushing shit uphill.
    With a little luck, that’ll be the retirement options avaialble to all those involved in this current Hoonta if they havn’t already arranged their escape hatches offshore. Still, they’ll be in good company – Speight neglected to make those arrangements and I bet his ass is now raw.

    And this man is supposed to be representing the interests and wellbeing of Fijians! I think maybe he earned his credentials from the Shaista Finishing School of Bullshit

  8. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Thank you Tim, certainly food for thought!

  9. pravda Says:

    whos this robie falla? want to stand by the media then just do what he really want and end up justifying the coup anyway

    looks like another graduate of the shysta finishing school of bullshit

    no more rewinding voceke’s blathering from before and after the coup about how Qarase is EVIL and needed to be removed.

    enuf rewinding please!

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    Seeking a more balanced media view of Fiji
    Cafe Pacific blog by David Robie

    The Fiji news media gets a lot of ticking off these days. And a major critic remains Interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, who just last month branded the media as “divisive and racist”, saying it should be “licensed”. He claims the media isn’t responsible with the freedom it has been given. This is a familiar theme, of course, and he has filed Fiji’s biggest-ever damages claim for defamation.
    There were very defensive rumblings from the media in response to the recent discredited Anthony report on the “freedom and independence of the media”. And there have been allegations by media of computer hacking. This led to a strong Fiji Times editorial challenging the regime – “put up or shut up”!.
    But the flaws of the Anthony report don’t change his essential message – there are serious problems in the Fiji media about training/professionalism and credibility and they need to be addressed. If not, then the regime or a future Fiji government is likely to impose something that is draconian and counter-productive.
    Yes, the regime is disreputable and civil liberties, press freedom and the rule of law have been trampled on after the military coup. But media reports, such as in New Zealand, giving the impression that Fiji is a “Zimbabwe in the Pacific” (at least prior to the apparent ousting of Mugabe from office), is far from the truth. But, as many media people in Fiji point out, those not on the ground in Fiji and reading the reports would be inclined to be alarmed. The international image of Fiji has taken a battering, resulting in pressure from overseas governments and their refusal to grant any concessions to the regime.
    The regime shot itself in the foot also by some misguided actions and is rightly blamed for the state of affairs. But the media is able to question and criticise the regime at will. There is some intimidation but not like in the early days of the coup.
    In fact, if the media is put under as much scrutiny as the regime, there are many flaws in the coverage, but the reporting “power” is held by the media. The hysteria over the de-reservation of land that was kicked up and stoked by the media was clumsy and revealed lack of depth in reporting and editorial skills.
    A big deal was made about the fact that reporters would no longer be able to call up the interim PM on his cell phone. Somehow this was supposed to be a yardstick for “media freedom”. Where else in the world can journalists call up a PM on the phone for interviews?

    IT HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN THAT THE MILITARY OUSTED A GOVERNMENT THAT WAS RACIST, DIVISIVE, CORRUPT AND INEFFICIENT AND CONSORTING WITH COUP-MAKERS. THE DIFFERENCE WAS THAT THE QARASE GOVERNMENT WAS CYNICALLY USING DEMOCRACY AND EXISTING LAWS TO LEGALISE ITS RACIST AND ILLEGAL POLICIES.

    ONE OF QARASE’S MINISTERS REFERRED TO INDO-FIJIANS AS “WEEDS TAKING UP TOO MUCH SPACE” WHILE SOME SENATORS CALLED REPORTERS “SATAN’S AGENTS”. THEY WERE NOT EVEN REPRIMANDED. IN HIS LAST DAYS, QARASE, IN A DESPERATE BID TO CLING TO POWER, TRIED TO INCITE INDIGENOUS FIJIANS TO RISE AGAINST INDO-FIJIANS BY CLAIMING THAT THEY SUPPORTED THE MILITARY.
    SO THE MAN WAS WILLING TO SEE THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD TO REMAIN IN POWER. IT WAS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW CALLOUSLY SOME LEADERS USE THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT. THE MEDIA, NAÏVE AS IT IS, HAS MADE A RUTHLESS POLITICIAN AND A DANGEROUS LEADER LIKE QARASE, APPEAR “ANGELICAL”!

    THE QARASE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO SHARE BLAME FOR THE COUP. HAD IT REMAINED IN POWER, IT IS QUITE LIKELY WE WOULD HAVE SEEN SOME COUP-MAKERS IN SENATE, PARLIAMENT, IN PLUM GOVERNMENT JOBS AND HOLDING BOARD MEMBERSHIPS. IT WOULD HAVE INCREASED CONSUMPTION TAX TO 15 PER CENT TO PAY FOR ITS RECKLESS SPENDING. THIS WOULD HAVE STRANGLED THE POOR EVEN FURTHER.

    IF NOT FOR THE COUP, THE SHENANIGANS AT THE FIJI NATIONAL PROVIDENT FUND WOULD NOT HAVE COME TO LIGHT. THE NATIONAL PENSION SCHEME QUITE LIKELY WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN THE TUBES AS THE NATIONAL BANK OF FIJI DID. UNDER THE QARASE REGIME, EVEN THE WORKERS’ PENSION SCHEME WAS NOT SAFE OR SACRED.
    FIJI HAD BECOME A MAGNET AND HAVEN FOR CONMEN AND CARPETBAGGERS.

    THERE IS CRITICISM THAT NO “HARD EVIDENCE” HAS BEEN UNCOVERED TO PROVE WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION AS CLAIMED. CORRUPTION IS NEVER EASY TO PROVE, MORE SO IN A COUNTRY LIKE FIJI WHICH SIMPLY DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERTISE. BUT THERE IS ENOUGH PRIMA-FACIE AND ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE TO SHOW THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY SICK IN MANY ORGANISATIONS.
    JOURNALISTS IN COUNTRIES SUCH AS NEW ZEALAND NEED TO BE PREPARED DO THE RESEARCH, TALK TO CREDIBLE PEOPLE AND GET A CROSS-SECTION OF VIEWS INSTEAD OF REPEATEDLY USING BIASED SOURCES WHO ARE OFTEN NOT EVEN IN FIJI. CONSTANTLY ONLY TALKING TO THOSE HURT BY THE MILITARY AND WHO HAVE REASONS TO HATE IT, INEVITABLY SERVE UP A LESS THAN BALANCED VIEW.
    THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WITH AN AXE TO GRIND AGAINST THE MILITARY, AND THERE IS A DANGER OF THEM USING THE MEDIA TO ACHIEVE THIS END. OF COURSE THE MEDIA WILL BE QUICK TO DENY ANY SUCH POSSIBILITY BUT WE ALL SAW HOW EASILY THE MEDIA WAS MANIPULATED DURING THE SPEIGHT AND RABUKA COUPS. THE MEDIA NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL THAT IT DOESN’T INFLAME RACIAL FEELINGS AND BUY INTO IMPOSED EXTERNAL SOLUTIONS WITH A DOUBLE STANDARD. THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY COULD EASILY EXPLODE INTO AN TIMOR-LESTE STYLE CATASTROPHE.

  10. justman Says:

    This David Robie prick is still smarting from the fact that the Fiji media treated him like a leper – leave this bitter prick alone – he is no better than JA

  11. John Veikoso Says:

    At least Pryde has a qualification far surpassing people like Aubatinuku and Natewa Princess and the rest of you lot!!!

  12. aubatinuku-N Says:

    I like the fact that you are so misinformed John Veikoso.

    MORE POWER TO FREEDOM BLOGGERS AND DEMOCRACY!

    bhahahah!!

    You ain’t seen nothin yet bro!
    Waraka namaka!
    Power of the people!
    Kudru ni vanua!
    You and 7 generations of your decendents will be cursed with the same and even worse treatment you and your kind dish out.

    YOU, JONE VEIKOSO! ONLY SERVE TO STRENTHEN OUR RESOLVE!
    God bless you for supporting our cause by adding your 2 cents worth!

    E sa kanaki qima vi iko.
    “NO CHARTER IN REWA” !!
    Get it and get it good!!
    Iko vaka na tamata kaisi, sigai nona koro, sigai nona kawa!
    You think in your PUNY liver of a brain that you are all mighty, powerful because you hide behind your silly hat, camies and dumb gun you tote like a purse.
    At the end of the day good always TRIUMPHS over evil!
    Du sa maleka na kana loto tiko e na gauna taucoko qo eh!
    Ia, e sa vakarau qima, da qai saka yani i nakoro i RATU JONE VEIKOSO, me lai qaravi saka na i tavi e sa lesia saka mai na Tamada Sa Tabogo “TAGANE, KANA MAI NA BUNO NI YADREMU”.
    E a sigai ni vakarota na Kalou vi keda na tagane me da tauri dakai wavoki, se kanaloto, se butakoca na wekada, se vodomotoka wavoki!

    “Rerevaka na Kalou ka doda na Tui”
    God Bless you and yours bro!

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