Fiji Times Publisher currently being deported from Fiji

Evan Hannah escorted from his home by Senior Immigration Officer Jo Ravatudei

The common decency and conscious of fair minded citizens are again under siege tonight by the thugs and criminals that currently illegally rule over us.

Fiji Times publisher Evan Hanna is currently in the process of being deported from Fiji, Russel Hunter style. He was picked from his home about an hour ago by uniformed police and was last seen in a vehicle heading towards Nadi. Recent news was that the vehicle has turned around at Lami and on its way back to Suva.

And this has been done while the usual suspects of the Pig, the Snake and the Arse are all conviniently out of the country courtesy of our hard earned tax money.

How long are we going to put up with this bullshit. If we continue to be silent and do not do anything, one of us is going to be next. Yes, you and I on this blog or members of our family.

Is it time?

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157 Responses to “Fiji Times Publisher currently being deported from Fiji”

  1. Tracker Says:

    This FT guy is been targetted in preparation for the implementation of the so-called Anthony Report on media and supported by Chodo. If the people of Fiji do not stand up to the thugs – especially the military now, it will be another Zimbabwe –

  2. woilei Says:

    whats with the hoodie and the gangster attitude ? and how old would this hooded thug be?

    pathetic !

  3. OSobo Says:

    Dina Tracker: Now the real agenada for iIG will begin..now they will totally control what will come out of the press…

  4. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    This is ridiculous – Voreqe really is a despot, Evan Hannah prob has a valid visa and he is married to a Fijian. It just shows that they have no respect for the laws of the country.

    I was appalled by statements made by persons trying to promote the GCC that those provinces that wouldn’t support them shouldnt expect Govt assistance. We did not vote this Govt in – they helped themselves to power at gunpoint (worst still) espousing the eradication of corruption etc. The least they could do is at least try to promote investment, create jobs and look after the needy, regardless of the political views that the people hold. Isnt one basic tenet in the Bible to treat others as you would like to be treated.

    I hope this IG comes to realise that their so-called opponents are like them human being with families that love them and with hopes and fears like everyone else.

  5. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Me ra sa lai yaki mada ga na vi kata qo! Cava mada na viavia thug tiko, how do these people sleep at night?

    Very sad, levu dina na yalo e tagi vua na Kalou e na siga e dai, o koya duadua ga e kila na noda vi mataka.

    DOWN WITH OPPRESSION!!
    DEMOCRACY NOW!!

  6. aubatinuku-N Says:

    This is very painful to watch, I notice a woman holding a little child in her arms by the door of the house which I will assume is Mr.Hannah’s home. Thats gotta be tough!

    These people should be shot for trespassing, they work for an illegal regime anyway. This makes no sense!!

    Notice how the guy in the hoodie averts his face in front the camera and the hands are in the pockets as he does the captor swagger. The body language here speaks volumes.

  7. Tomcat Says:

    I repeat what someone said here that its time the chiefs took the lead and we will follow them – 5,000 green goons (probably 2,000 gonna desert) will not be able to contain 100,000 of us – we should start from the provinces that are against the regime, suck them in, bog them down, and let others also rise up – we r doomed, folks, if we keep quiet. These thugs our silence translates to cowardice

  8. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Sa vinaka ga me buto leka me da suka tale ki na gauna ni vi kanikani!
    Sa kaisi sara ga na ka caka tiko qo!

  9. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Now I’m beginning to wonder about Ema Mua, she could be tea lady for police for all I care.
    Professiona misconduct, the whole lot of them are in on it!

  10. Peace Pipe Says:

    This replay of the Hunter saga is disgusting and sickening. This regime deserve no mercy like they have shown none to others. They have gone overboard with this. I just wonder who gave the orders for this latest fiasco. Someone mentioned it was done whilst the evil trio were abroad. Their actions arrogantly tell us they just do not want to have peace and will continue doing things against the people since there is no strong resistance.

  11. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    This is a disgrace to human beings!

    Chaudhry and his puppet, bananasinpyjamas, are tearing Fiji apart.

    All to protect bananasinpyjamas from going to jail for murder and treason and chaudhry for tax evasion and lies.

    How strange that a wanabee dictator should expect that everyone should love him and publish lies about him.

    Let me list the positives of chaudhry’s puppet in the 18 months that he has been the illegal PM.
    ?
    ?
    ?
    ?
    ?

    Sorry, I can’t think of any.

  12. Tomcat Says:

    Chodo might be in India to get new money for his bhaini or marama there – he could also be behind the deportation – because he knows he cant win the libel case against FT – how can he, when he has been exposed as a tax cheat

  13. Tebara Says:

    If the Interim Regime is abiding by its pledge for a democratic election this bullying and threatening tactics says otherwise.

    The illegal juntas and all its azzwipers subordinates in prominant places (usurped illegally) know that they are a law unto themselves. Bullying at will those they fear will undermine their cause or stand in the way of their pathetic and self serving issues. In light of the threatened expulsion of Mr Hanna it will be interesting to hear the explanation coming out mouths of fools that are running our country into doomsday. And one has to wonder and seek explanation from the so called NCBBF. FOR THIS IS SURELY NOT A SIGN OF A NATION GEARED TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE.

  14. Tim Says:

    Yet more evidence for the posts anon and me just made under pros and CONS of the charter. Another decree. Pathetic little people whose only power or authority is the barrel of a gun.

  15. Mark Manning Says:

    Jo looks like the Klu Klux Klansman in drag !
    What a demonic looking man !

  16. Mark Manning Says:

    Count Dracula even !

  17. Tim Says:

    Exactly Mark! And check out this bloody arrogance:
    “Bainimarama said on the occasion of World Press Freedom day, it’s only proper that the local media take stock and remind itself of the responsibility of utilising the enormous power it wields towards Building a Better Fiji for all”. From FijiLive
    Does he actually believe himself? I suspect the problem is that he does.
    He should take his own advice exept that malignant narcissists aren’t capable of that – it’s whatever goes in order to prop themselves up.

  18. Mark Manning Says:

    Hasn’t Frank heard of the Internet ?

  19. Mark Manning Says:

    If this silly action doesn’t rally the troops , i don’t know what will .

  20. Tim Says:

    What should happen is for the plane to be denied landing rights and have to turn back. Unfortunately that won’t happen

  21. Concerned Fijian Says:

    From National Nine News:
    Aussie Newsman may be kicked out of Fiji22:11 AEST Thu May 1 200852 minutes agoVIEWS: 0| FLOCKS:

    The managing director of the Fiji Times is facing deportation to Australia after being labelled a threat to national security by the Fiji government.

    Australian Evan Hannah was confronted by police and immigration officers at his home in military-ruled Fiji and told he was in breach of his work permit, a statement from the paper’s parent company News Ltd said.

    Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith described the action as “reprehensible”, and called on Fiji’s government to hold promised elections within a year.

    An application challenging the deportation has been lodged with the Fiji High Court and a result is expected later on Thursday night.

    Pending that result, Hannah was expected to fly out of Fiji for Australia early on Friday, Fiji television reported.

    “I can confirm I signed the deportation order,” Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau told Fiji television.

    “He was a threat to national security.”

    Fiji’s military government has been accused of waging a campaign of intimidation against media outlets since it came to power in a coup in December 2006.

    In February this year, another Australian Russell Hunter, publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was deported after the military regime branded him a threat to the nation’s stability.

    Hunter’s newspaper had carried reports about possible corruption involving Fiji’s finance ministry.

    In a statement, Smith said the Australian High Commission in Suva has sought urgent consular access to Hannah and would assist his wife and two children, also in Fiji.

    “This is yet another reprehensible act in a disturbing pattern of behaviour since the coup of December 2006, which has resulted in the severe erosion of fundamental human rights and the rule of law in Fiji,” Smith said.

    Other governments in the region would not consider the Fiji interim government’s action acceptable, he said.

    “I call on the Fiji interim government to respect the civil liberties of all citizens and residents and hold elections by the first quarter of 2009 consistent with the constitution and laws of Fiji, and as per its commitment to Pacific Islands Forum Leaders on October 2, 2007,” he said.

    Earlier on Thursday, coup leader and self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama warned the media that free speech had limits in his country.

    He also hinted that the media may face regulation, saying Fiji’s mainstream media outlets fell well short of their responsibilities.

    Bainimarama hinted that reporters could face regulation unless they were more supportive of some of his government’s initiatives.

    “We are also puzzled as to why these low standards of reporting are allowed to continue unchecked. Perhaps we are close to the point where the current system of self-regulation needs to be seen as a failure,” he said.

    Hannah is a long-standing employee of News Limited who has worked in Fiji for some years, including as deputy managing director prior to his appointment to his current role in January 2007, the News Ltd statement said.

    Fiji Times editor-in-chief Netani Rika said Hannah’s detention was disturbing.

    “We are deeply disturbed that an incident such as this would take place two days before Media Freedom day and less than 12 hours after the interim prime minister made a public statement calling for better relations with the media industry and promising to uphold media freedom,” he said in a statement on the Fiji Times website.

  22. ED Says:

    I say….It is about time the paramount chiefs who have been sidelined take up the challenge like Dr. King and WALK!!!!!!!! All in a line..stop traffic…only in the clothes you are in…NO bags! No nothing!!!! JUST WALK in solidarity right to the President..me qai kerei O Veresitedi in true Fijian respectful fashion to DEAL with the mess. If he is really capable and in the right mind.

    These illegals are using him and treating him like a BABY in order to get their mandates, forums etc! Really….this is no joke!

    WALK! WALK! WALK! NI BIND SAKA MAI KEMUDOU NA VEI-TURAGA KEI NA MARAMA NI VANUA.

  23. FijiGirl Says:

    Are Vore and Chodo even in the country?

    Vore’s been in Singapore to check out Lee Kuan Yew, the ‘benevolent dictator’. Ha! this kind of action is far from benevolent.

    Do you mean those COWARDS don’t even have the manliness to be in the country when they deport one of Rupert Murdoch’s employees?

    Oh, I am looking forward to seeing the headlines around the world tomorrow.

    Payback is coming… Well said ED. Time to walk, people!

    God bless Fiji

  24. Bebenibogi Says:

    Absolutely disgusting. Frank and Co. will go nowhere in the world but directly to jail and they know this. They have nothing to lose now and are showing it. Naboro maximum. Fijians must now rise, led by the real chiefs.
    I just can’t believe this lunatic. You are on death row Frank and Co., so enjoy the short life you have left, that is a threat so heed it seriously.

  25. Poofta Frank Says:

    What do you expect from a bloody poofter – only one tour of duty in Sinai ( a holiday camp) – and a disgrace at that – hiding under the bed, and a private’s for that matter. Getting your men all around you to protect you, and still doing it today – bad leader from the start – what did you learn in staff college – blockhead. All the other medals were freebies – Boci. Why don’t you come to a real war in Afganistan or Iraq. Boci vaka rua!!!!!!!!!

  26. Save the Sheep Says:

    The guy in the photo looks like Joe Ravatudei. A good guy actually but I hope that he remembers this day next time he is enjoying his time with family in Australia.

    And that he remembers that his family members in Australia can all speak out freely about issues that affect them.

    Moce Jo

  27. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Jim Ravatudei’s brother?

  28. natewaprince Says:

    What a bunch of assholes. Nowhere else but in Fiji.Now those c**ksuckers abroad will say they had nothing whatsoever to do with it when we all know they didn’t have the guts to do their own dirty work.

    If the pig and his lover the arsehole think that they have rid themselves of a problem,then they are very very wrong. Just when they thought that the international community was opening doors to this country,they hatch up a move that can only take Fiji back to the stone ages.

    The people of Bau should be ashamed of the pathetic exuse of a chief who signed the deportation order. The way he confirmed it showed the arogance of the man,a trait found in all the bastards who have taken positions in this illegal regime.

    They have only hardened the resolve of all the media in the country,a few days away from Media Freedom Day.Now Netani Rika will join Samisoni Kakaivalu in burying this regime once and for all.The pigs have drawn the battle lines and must now face the wrath of the international media.

    To any goons from the pigs media cell reading this,let me tell you this.Nothing has changed dickheads,in fact it has just become worse for you,your boss and all who have joined the illegal regime.

    SV,you asked if it is time. YOU BET YOUR SWEET A** IT’S TIME.

  29. Miss Piggy Says:

    The time has come, my fellow Fiji Islanders, to take a stand! No more oppression, no more bullying, no more lies and deceit, no more bullshit!

    The time for violent action is at hand!

  30. Mark Manning Says:

    It seems that if ever there was a time to ask the United Nations to return peace keeping forces to Fiji , this was it .
    To have the Military roadblock reporters to stifle free speech and arrest innocent International workers is reprehensible .
    This action alone , as well as the many murders which have taken place along with other Human Rights violations since December the 5th. 2006 by this Commander and his waskily wabbits , has highlighted the need for and the reason for , a Democratically Elected Government .
    The next step by this regime could well be the censorship of the Internet . We already know that it is impossible for some of us to voice our opinions in the Have Your Say Section of the Fiji Times . It seems that monitoring and the denial of access to many of the internet sites , has been a tool of this regime for some time .
    In China , Fiji’s fatherland , even Yahoo and Google are censored from it’s citizens .

  31. Tomcat Says:

    Will this Fiji Supreme Court judge not be allowed back into the country – he wrote the article in The Australian:

    Judges in Fiji face ‘interim’ problem

    Justice Robert French | May 02, 2008

    AUSTRALIANS enjoy one of the world’s most durable constitutional democracies.
    Changes of government occur within a constitutional framework. For Australian judges, it does not matter that the government which appointed them loses office. Their legitimacy, authority, independence and responsibilities are unaffected.

    Six Australian judges have, in the last year or so, found themselves in the unusual situation of being members of a court in a country whose elected government has been removed by the country’s military.

    The elected government has been replaced by a ministry chosen by the military, appointed by the President, and collectively designated the “Interim Government”. It is headed by the military commander, Bainimarama, as “Interim Prime Minister”.

    The country is Fiji. The Australians serve as part-time members of its Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is Fiji’s final court of appeal, occupying a position equivalent to that of the High Court of Australia. It usually sits twice a year in Suva. It decides criminal, civil and constitutional cases.

    All the Australians on the court were appointed by the elected government under the Constitution nearly a year before the military takeover of December 2006. Their appointments expire at the end of this year or early in 2009.

    While the Interim Government has promised democratic elections in March 2009, the current commissions of most of the Australian judges will have expired by then.

    Three are Federal Court judges – Justices Ron Sackville, Mark Weinberg and me. The other three, from the NSW Supreme Court, are justices Keith Mason, David Ipp and Ken Handley.

    Two questions confronted the judges after the coup. The first was whether they should continue in office under their pre-coup commissions. The second was whether, when the current commissions expire, they should accept renewed appointments from the Interim Government, if they were offered.

    For my part, after discussion with colleagues, the answers are clear: yes to the first question and no to the second.

    The Australian judges on the Supreme Court of Fiji have the constitutional authority to decide cases coming before that court when it sits and, to that extent, the authority and the duty to uphold the rule of law in Fiji.

    By continuing to serve, they do not take any position on the lawfulness of the Interim Government. That is a matter which they might have to decide if proceedings challenging the legality of the Government were to reach the Supreme Court during the balance of their terms of appointment. That is unlikely because those proceedings are still in the lower courts and will probably be there for some time.

    If by chance such a case comes before the court in one of its sittings later this year, then the serving judges will not be compromised by having been appointed by the Interim Government.

    The position is different for a judge appointed by the Interim Government. Even so, it is not black and white.

    Judges and courts will be necessary to maintain the basic framework of the rule of law, which is essential to the continuance of civil society in Fiji. But such an appointment may be seen as involving an implicit bargain with the Interim Government.

    The judge so appointed may vow honestly and fearlessly to uphold the rule of law in accordance with his or her oath. But when faced with a challenge to the lawfulness of the government itself, such a judge could be seen to have a conflict of interest.

    Can a judge decide that the government which appointed him or her lacked the legal authority to do so? The Interim Government has argued that its takeover was lawful and justified by a doctrine of constitutional necessity.

    For judges appointed by that Government, there may be a perception that they have implicitly accepted that the lawfulness of the Government will not be questioned.

    As a part-time judge of the Supreme Court since 2003, it has been my privilege to be able to contribute to the rule of law in Fiji and, indirectly, to the development of the legal profession and the local judiciary. That contribution has been shared with a number of senior judges from Australia and, in the past, New Zealand.

    Important decisions that we made included two relating to the operation of the multi-party cabinet under the Fiji Constitution. Despite that history of involvement, I could not in conscience accept an appointment from the Interim Government.

    While continuance of the rule of law is of vital importance to Fiji, the implicit bargain involved in accepting appointment to the highest court of that country by a military government, the lawfulness of which is under significant challenge, comes at too high a price.

    On the other hand, if, as all interested parties hope, the Interim Government holds true to its promise and Fiji’s constitutional democracy is “rebooted” by free and fair elections in the first half of next year, the position will be different.

    The position which I have taken is not novel. Each of the Australian judges appointed under the previous government has continued to serve on the Supreme Court. After the military takeover the judges of the High Court of Fiji, which is the principal trial court, said they would remain committed to their judicial oaths to uphold the Constitution and that the court would remain open and accessible to the public.

    In a statement released on December 13, 2006, the International Commission of Jurists welcomed that commitment, describing the judiciary as “the last remaining pillar of democracy in Fiji”. Some judges of the Court of Appeal, which is immediately below the Supreme Court in the hierarchy, served out their commissions after the coup, but refused to take renewed commissions under the Interim Government. Some High Court judges have taken the same position.

    In February 2007, one of the architects of Fiji’s Constitution, Dr Brij Lal, commented on the role of expatriate judges in that country. He expressed grave concern about the departure of the Court of Appeal judges. He acknowledged the wealth of experience and expertise which expatriate judges brought and which had served Fiji well.

    Their continued presence was “symbolically important as well as practically necessary”. He said that Fiji’s legal fraternity was small and that their courts needed the regular infusion of experienced judges from outside.

    Much has been written about the role of judges in countries affected by coups. There are constitutional issues of some complexity as well as issues of conscience which each individual must consider.

    Australian judges involved in the Supreme Court of Fiji after the coup have had to consider the benefits gained from their continued contribution to the rule of law against the risk that they may be perceived to have made an implicit bargain with a government whose legality is in question.

    The answers I have arrived at to the questions that I have posed are my own. My hope is that Fiji will return to a democratic government in the near future and that Australian judges, including me, will again be able to offer assistance in its legal and constitutional development.

    Robert French is a judge of the Federal Court of Australia
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  32. Striker Says:

    To Evan Hannah & the Family, our thoughts are with you; take courage, you are not alone. There are thousands with you in this quest for freedom and democracy. May God grant you peace. To those in positions of authority who may mistakenly think they have achieved their purpose through such thuggery: There’s too much poverty, the people have suffered enough; don’t create a situation where donors will hold back aid; realize the additional dire consequences to the people of Fiji of your action. Tread carefully, it won’t take much to ignite and vent up the suppressed emotion of the people! And then, it’s from the frying pan into the fire!

  33. anon Says:

    Aubatinuku, J Ravatudei is a big tabetabe. Tabetabe big time, he’ll do anything to stay in the govt. He is over 60. Another snake, we worked together in the same department, Suva @ Nadi apt.

    He is from Kuku.

    Sa rauta mada na tabetabe Joe, retire ga lai tea tale nomudou loga raisi.

  34. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Then his brother is Jim Ravatudei, used to live in Sydney?

  35. tobo Says:

    Just in on Fiji LIve :

    Evan Hannah Still In Fiji
    Publish date/time: 02/05/2008 [10:02]

    Fiji Times Publisher, Evan Hannah is still in the country and the flight to Australia left in the last hour.

    Fiji Times Editor, Netani Rika has confirmed that the Court Order to stop Hannah’s deportation was served to immigration officials this morning.

    Rika said that all he can say is that Hannah is still in the country and he is still detained at the Nadi International Airport.

    It was confirmed that High Court Judge Justice Filimoni Jitoko expected Fiji Times Publisher Evan Hannah to be presented before him in the Suva High Court this afternoon by the authorities who removed him from his home last night.

    Court officials have confirmed to FijiVillage that there is an order for Hannah to be presented in court at 3pm. They refused to comment further.

    Justice Jitoko signed an order late last night stopping Hannah’s deportation until an explanation is provided in court and the sealed order was handed over to Lawyer from Munro Leys.

    Lawyers for Fiji Times are still negotiating with the immigration officials to ensure that Fiji Times Publisher, Evan Hannah is not deported to Australia.

  36. anon Says:

    Tau aubatinuku, that’s tha falla, does’nt come as a surprise to me.

  37. tobo Says:

    And this is VERY revealing from THE AUSTRALIA BUSINESS NEWSPAPER .
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23630871-30541,00.html

    PREJUDICE: Chris Merritt | May 02, 2008

    PERTH silk John Cameron received some startling news yesterday. Since February 5, when he received the letter that appears on this page, Cameron had believed he was prevented from entering Fiji.

    For a barrister with clients before the Fiji courts, that can amount to quite a handicap.

    So imagine his surprise when Prejudice called yesterday and broke the news that one of the most senior officers of the Fiji legal system says he is not a prohibited immigrant.

    The article on this page, by Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, describes Cameron’s immigration status in terms that differ markedly from that used by the country’s director of immigration.

    But then again, it must be very difficult to keep track of all the people who are being expelled from Fiji or turned away at the airport.

    Last night, the managing director of the Fiji Times, Evan Hannah, was facing deportation to Australia pending a stay order from the Fiji High Court.

    Hannah was confronted at his home late yesterday by police and immigration officials who claimed he was in breach of his work permit.

    The Fiji Times is owned by News Limited, owner of The Australian.

    When The Australian went to press last night, lawyers for the Fiji Times were still arguing for a stay order before the Fiji High Court.

    It is still too early to know what triggered the move to expel Hannah so late in the day.

    But here’s a wild guess: it could be that Hannah’s problems are linked to the antipathy that the Fiji Government clearly holds for Cameron.

    Last year, the coup masters who control that country deported Cameron. And last week, on the front page of Legal Affairs, Cameron spelt out a few of the problems facing the Fiji judiciary as a result of the 2006 coup that toppled a democratic government.

    Cameron’s article was later picked up by the Fiji Times and published – earning that newspaper a bucketing from the Attorney-General.

    It was also picked up and published by a rival paper, The Fiji Sun, whose publisher, Russell Hunter, was deported in February when he, too, annoyed the interim Government.

    The Fiji authorities turned away a delegation from the International Bar Association in February that wanted to see for itself what state the judiciary was in.

    John Cameron and Evan Hannah are in good company. You can tell a great deal about people by examining the qualities of their enemies.

  38. Dauvavana Says:

    dou vosota na wekaqu but it says explicitly under the photo by SV that it is Jo Ravatudei. Yes, over sixty and still working. Needs to feed and provide for young wife still under thity I believe.

  39. Tui Says:

    Isa Jo, vakamadua na nomu i tovo, that is if there is any left! Imagine this being done to your family.
    Relax guys, these people are getting desperate. My advise to all of Fiji’s media, dou pressurre, taki iratou. Pressurre, guys, more pressure. Eratu sa kasura tiko mai!
    Kevaka e so na kaiviti e support taka tiko na ig qo, noqu vakasala vei iko, lai de-register taka na yacamu mo volai i Calcatta se Mumbai! Ira na dosi qo era sa lewa tiko na matanitu qo! Sa na sega ni vakayacori na commission nei Kurusiga kei Batibasaga. Sa na veilecayaki tu o Viti ni sa sega tu na veiliutaki vakaturaga. Gauna qo me sa teitei vakalevu baleta ena yaco ma e dua na lauqa levu.
    God Bless.

  40. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Does young wife under thirty have a job? I wonder how these people sleep!

  41. txt Says:

    IG trying to piss of the international community by inviting sanctions and an excuse not to hold elections.

    These bunch of lawakica’s are IGNORING the court stay order and have deported the FT publisher to Korea according to FT Editor Netani Rika on 11am legend news.

    Fiji dictatorship arrests newspaper chief
    Mark Dodd | May 02, 2008
    The Australian newspaper

    THE Fijian dictatorship last night escalated its campaign of intimidation against the media, arresting the Australian managing director of the Fiji Times newspaper and ordering his deportation.

    Evan Hannah was forcibly removed from his home in the capital of Suva by Fijian police and placed under “house arrest” pending his deportation.

    Although he was initially told he had breached his work permit, foreign minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau later described Mr Hannah as a “threat to national security”.

    “I’m standing in the doorway with my lawyer,” Mr Hannah told The Australian, which, like the Fiji Times, is owned by News Limited, as he was arrested.

    “We’ve got immigration officials and the police standing in the security gate and I’m about to be taken down the stairs and put in their van.”

    The arrest of Mr Hannah comes just two months after another Australian media executive, Russell Hunter, the publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was arrested in a night-time raid on his home by police and deported.

    Earlier yesterday, self-appointed prime minister Frank Bainimarama warned the media that free speech had limits in his country. He also hinted that the media may face regulation, saying Fiji’s mainstream media outlets fell well short of their responsibilities: “We are also puzzled as to why these low standards of reporting are allowed to continue unchecked.

    “Perhaps we are close to the point where the current system of self-regulation needs to be seen as a failure,” he said.

    News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan said last night the deportation threat against Hannah represented the latest attempt to intimidate the media. “This latest threat to a free, independent press in Fiji is unacceptable,” he said. “The breach-of-permit argument is a weak excuse to intimidate our most senior representative in Fiji. This is the third time in a little over a year that the safety of our employees and the freedom of the press have been seriously threatened by Fijian authorities.”

    In late 2006, armed members of the Fiji military stormed the Fiji Times building, halting publication and taking control of the newsroom.

    Earlier that year, Commodore Bainimarama seized power in a coup that ousted the democratically elected prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

    Mr Hannah said his arrest was “a continuing attempt at intimidation of the media in Fiji”.

    News Limited lawyers last night lodged an application in the Fiji High Court to stay the order on Mr Hannah. Despite the legal appeal, Mr Hannah said he expected to be bundled out of the country on the next flight and understood that he would be taken directly to Nadi international airport.

    “I’ve just been told I have to go,” he said. “My wife has just been able to pack a bag. I’ve not been able to do that myself and I’ve just been able to say goodbye to my son. And I doubt that I’ll be able to see them for a while unless this stay order (appeal) goes through.”

    Staff at the Fiji Times said last night they were shocked. Editor Netani Rika said the Government had given no warning.

    “There has been no indication – today, this week, last month – of any reason the Government might have to remove Evan,” Rika said.

    Mr Hartigan called on the Australian Government to “intervene to ensure that basic accepted principles of democracy and justice are observed as Mr Hannah’s situation unfolds”.

    Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said last night he was “disturbed” at the reports. “It is extraordinary and very disappointing that the Fiji regime has acted in this way on the eve of Media Freedom Day,” he said.

    “This is yet another reprehensible act in a disturbing pattern of behaviour since the coup of December 2006, which has resulted in the severe erosion of fundamental human rights and the rule of law in Fiji.”

    He called on the Fiji Government to “respect the civil liberties of all citizens and residents” and hold elections by the first quarter of next year.

  42. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    FijiTimes report that Mr Hannah has been put on a plane to Korea.

  43. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    from “The Australian”

    Mark Dodd | May 02, 2008

    THE Fijian dictatorship last night escalated its campaign of intimidation against the media, arresting the Australian managing director of the Fiji Times newspaper and ordering his deportation.

    Evan Hannah was forcibly removed from his home in the capital of Suva by Fijian police and placed under “house arrest” pending his deportation.

    Although he was initially told he had breached his work permit, foreign minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau later described Mr Hannah as a “threat to national security”.

    The arrest of Mr Hannah comes just two months after another Australian media executive, Russell Hunter, the publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was arrested in a night-time raid on his home by police and deported.

    News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan said last night the deportation threat against Hannah represented the latest attempt to intimidate the media. “This latest threat to a free, independent press in Fiji is unacceptable,” he said. “The breach-of-permit argument is a weak excuse to intimidate our most senior representative in Fiji. This is the third time in a little over a year that the safety of our employees and the freedom of the press have been seriously threatened by Fijian authorities.”

    In late 2006, armed members of the Fiji military stormed the Fiji Times building, halting publication and taking control of the newsroom.

    Earlier that year, Commodore Bainimarama seized power in a coup that ousted the democratically elected prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

    Mr Hannah said his arrest was “a continuing attempt at intimidation of the media in Fiji”.

  44. tobo Says:

    UPDATE 11.03 AM – Apparently Fiji Military idiots IGNORED the Court Order and now he’s being flown to Korea ???

    WTF ????

  45. jeann Says:

    Sa qai matata mai na nodratou qaciqacia na matanitu viavialevu oqo.

    Please lets not attack the immigration officers people – all civil servants are in the same position. Its the interim government, RFMF and so-called military council controlled by ganilua that is behind this.

    Mosi vei ratou na vosa na Turaga na Roko Tui Bau, na ivola nei John Cameron ena pepa me baleta na puppet judiciary – ministry of information has referred all queries to the attorney general’s office – notice the full page response to Cameron’s article in the paper on Tuesday. Cameron’s article came on the heels of the charter debate which opened up many eyes – including within the NCBBF.

    Lets keep focus on Bainimarama who issued a statement on the media that media self regulations has failed so the Anthony report is being implemented slowly with the screws being turned on the media. Only in the blogs is our freedom of expression guaranteed!

    Lets keep focused on the illegal kaiyarse, ganilua, naulukau and gang of thieves holding our government at the point of a gun!

    DOWN WITH THE RFMF!

    DOWN WITH THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT!

    DEMOCRACY NOW!

    MEDIA FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION NOW!

    LONG LIVE SOLIVAKASAMA!

    VINAKA SV TEAM!!

  46. Pusiloa Says:

    @ Tobo Tale….KOREA????WTF ka dina…..Oilei Sakaraia, mosi sara ga noqu sona vei ratou nai lala qo…..Tui Namosi, Qara Ni Valu, Tui Cakau, Roko Tui Bau, start the march, your warriors are wating for your call and the time is now….lets go people. If the Tibetan people around the globe can do it, why cant we do it at home. I certainly will do it for the sake of my childrens future….

  47. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    to the foolish green goon at 11:20

    you were told to type; ‘the IG becos at the moment they are running the show.’

    I agree but haven’t you noticed that the show is going BACKWARDS at an accelerating rate..

  48. jeann Says:

    @ Imroz Buksh

    Dou sa nanuma saraga.

    E sega ni ura me tei damu gonei!

    Waraka namaka!

    DOWN WITH THE RFMF!

    DOWN WITH THE CHARTER!

    DOWN WITH THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT!

    DOWN WITH BORRON’S GRANDCHILDREN!

  49. Pusiloa Says:

    Imroz Buksh, caita ga nomu vakasama qai tonoka sara nomu sona….GO mada and wash the kora…..kulina vavaku.

  50. Miss Piggy Says:

    Imroz Buksh – Fuck Your Father!!!!

  51. Miss Piggy Says:

    Start the march!!! Start the march!!! Start the march!!! Start the march!!! Start the march!!!

  52. Tim Says:

    Anyone else see parallels with this:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7377197.stm

    ……(Burma)

    Perhaps (by his own logic) that where Imroz should go and live. Or Zimbabwe

  53. Tomcat Says:

    What march – the chiefs are still in hiding!

  54. iceman Says:

    These illegals are treading on dangerous zones…Very soon Australia,NZ,USA will refuse landing rights to all Air Pacific flights to their soil. Economy is in ruin people.. We better rise up now or it will be too late.. We must rise, rise and stand…We must liberate the suffering hands………..

  55. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Imroz, you had better not literally cross paths with me! Bloody al-qaeda Jihadist o tukamu!!

  56. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Tom the cat, finish your milk!

  57. FijiGirl Says:

    When people are deported, aren’t they supposed to be returned to the port of origin from their arrival in Fiji? Which for Hannah would be Australia, not Seoul.

    How dumb are these guys?

    I agree with Natewa Prince that Chodo-Prasad & Vore are trying to deny culpability by being out of the country. I believe the official term for this is ‘cowardly’.

    I disagree with Miss Piggy on the call for violent action. Peaceful action, yes, civilised non-cooperation, yes. Violent action, no. That path will just take our country further down the road to ruin, and like Richard Naidu says, we have to do the hard work to make things better.

    Imroz Buksh is just too stupid for words. Reminds me of another moron/idiot. He writes like an 8-year-old, and probably has the mental capacity of one.

    God bless Fiji

  58. Testcom Says:

    The language of Imroz Buksh seems to be that of that swine Nikhil Singh, who had hacked into Russell Hunter and Victor Lal’s e-mails – looks like Buksh is no other than Nikhil Singh

  59. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Communist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
    to speak up for me. .. (Time Mag)

  60. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    we could have our own version –

    First they came for the SDL, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a part of the SDL.
    Then they came for the Chiefs, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Chief.
    Then they came for the Journalists, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Journalist.
    Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
    to speak up for me. ..

  61. tosotiko Says:

    The IG are just showing they know time is running out and this is intimidation big time. But have you noticed? People are seeing them for what they really are.. Laughing stock to be pitied.

    Guys do not blame the civil servants. They are just obeying orders because they have no mettle to resist. Wearing a hood is a sure sign he is ashamed but his face is now captured on film.

    It is time to act, bloggers!

  62. Rayborg Says:

    Imroz Buksh crawl back into your Ama’s black Indian hole and stay there.

  63. Tim Says:

    Well then Imroz – you’ve just shown your true colours in your post above. Doesn’t surprise me. (I understand that’s what your definition of transparency is – we can all see through you).
    The junta is on dangerous gound. They’re actually engaged in kidnapping.

  64. tosotiko Says:

    Australian and NZ are not bullies but straight talking friends. Bullies are the sly enemies pretending to be friends by giving bribes when they are really only after Fiji’s strategic position and bountiful resources.
    Do they have real freedom in their lands. NO!

    But God is great. Fiji has a special position in God’s plan. They manipulated things here to subjugate the Fijian people and He manipulated things out there in the whole wide world that took their grand plans from right under their noses and made them nothing but puny cry-babies. I want to laugh everytime I hear them explaining that the price of flour, rice and fuel was not their doing. DUH! You put yourself there. Do something about it for the people of this country.

  65. IslandBoy Says:

    Folks lets not forget to add Malakai Tadulala, the PS who signed the deportation order, to the rogues gallery. Those who do the dirty work of the illegal regime without hesitation or any moral qualms whatsoever, like Joe Ravatudei – sobo naita.

    I also ask you all NOT to respond to the likes of Imroz Buksh. We all have something more importat to do. Just not worth it. Do NOT validate his idiocy with a response.

    Instead of using the words Interim Government (IG) lets all agree to use illegal regime (IR) Instead of interim Minister of anything, say illegal minister.

    Do not despair, we are winning despite this latest disaster. Look at it this way, just this week:

    1. If you take into consideration the fact that the Turaga Roko Tui Bau always speaks politely in a chiefly manner, the words he used to condemn the regime were like a gun shot.

    2. The Fijian Teachers Association refused to invite Filipe Bole saying he was illegal and condemned the NCBBF and GCC process.

    3. The Fiji Teachers Union fired on the pro Labor FTUC and also rubbished the illegal regime and the NCBBF. How about that for two huge unions?

    4. All other takeholders rejected the regime’s proposal for an election forum to implement their proposed reforms. They just can’t win on this one, but just continue to make mistake after mistake.

    5. Frank opens his mouth on international television and proves to the world just how pig ignorant he really is about the tourism industry, the biggest money earner, in the country he pretends to administer.

    6. Yes what they did to Hannah is reprehensible, but take heart, the last sentence in the Fiji Times Editorial today reads,

    “If the regime thinks it can shut us up by threats and intimidation, it is sadly mistaken.”

    So again whatever they were trying to achieve they have accomplished the exact opposite and their opposition grows in numbers, strength and determination.

    Now my brothers and sisters, continue to blog away, keep on informing Fiji and the rest of the world and wait for the Lord’s time.

    Thank him and praise him at this time for uniting us in difficulty and showing us what is of real value in our still beautiful nation.

    NOW IS THE TIME TO PRAISE AND CALL HIS NAME

    THANK GOD AND PRAISE HIM BECAUSE DESPITE ALL THEY DO WE ARE WINNING!!!! – YES WE ARE!!!

  66. aubatinuku-N Says:

    If you people up there in QEB are reading this right now, please search your souls and guard your hearts well while you live with your consciences every single day.

    NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!!

    All you ILLEGAL REGIME supporters out there, remember, this is not about SDL or NFP or FLP anymore, as I have already said in an earlier post, “The CHARTER is designed in such a way one can liken it to a cultural A-Bomb whose ULTIMATE mission is to EXTERMINATE a minority ethnic group (Fijians) OFF THE FACE OF THIS PLANET!! This would be an international crime.

    The criminal removal of Mr.Hannah is just adding more fuel to the fire of the unquenchable spirit of the freedom fighters for JUSTICE in Fiji.

    GOD bless Mr.Hannah where ever he is right now and God give his family peace and the strength and wisdom to deal with their situation.

  67. Tim Says:

    @IB – yep agree. Imroz is merely trying to be provocative, just as the iIG lackies are. I hope they are aware of the wider implications of their actions.
    They’ve given a valid reason for some hawkish behaviour by Aus.
    Is that what they’re hoping for perhaps? i.e Another generated excuse not to commit to their undertaking to Fijians and the international community

  68. Miss Piggy Says:

    Thanks Island Boy…but I just want to say to Tomcat and Imroz Buksh – drau veitauri kau mada, drau yavu sona nana, magaitinamudrau!! There… I feel better already!

  69. Pusiloa Says:

    Great piece Imroz…now shuv it up your arse…!

  70. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    I dont know what world you are living in – but the FJ Times and for that matter all the other media organisations in Fiji are reporting the same thing – the truth.

    Unfortunately the IG and some people in this forum do not recognise the rights of others to have their own opinion. What unites us is more then the sum of our differences. We all have the same hopes and fears. I for one am wondering when the IG will stop this trek of vindictiveness and concentrate on the real issues at hand – food, security, jobs, education.

  71. LUVfiji Says:

    Whatever… whatever… Solivakasama MUST stay online !!! God Bless you guys!

  72. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    teletubby aka fullchow says that no police were involved in this kidnapping.

    Surely that is a police uniform behind the KKK moron.

  73. dakua Says:

    Lets stand strong ragone.

    IG is trying to intimidate the people now especially our leaders not to SPEAK the TRUTH to power and BUST UP the RFMF/IG LIES.

    Hannah has the right of residence in Fiji under the 1997 constitution:

    16. The following persons may enter and reside in Fiji so long as they comply with conditions prescribed by the Parliament governing entry and residence:
    (a) former citizens;
    (b) a foreign wife or widow or foreign husband or widower of a citizen;
    (c) a child of a citizen.

    Qoi macala na yalo kaukauwa ratou usuraka tiko mai na sotia qaciqacia qo!

    We have RIGHT on our side and might will not win in the final analysis. Na cici balavu qo. Dou taipa tikoga talei tora and idiots in the rfmf media cell. Worry nahi, na kemudou isau ena yaco yani!

  74. 88888888 Says:

    @ Noble banner blue – great piece.

    Lets keep ignoring Imroz and military sock puppets. Fire away, but the truth will OUT!

    The people know the truth no matter the lies coming from the rfmf misinformation cell.

    @ ExFT – funny the military stooges now all disclaiming responsibility. because they know the TRUTH. Inki inki ponkee – teleni says its not him, who next? check the plane landing in nadi.

    The idiots have landed in Nadi – all get ready Franks about to SPEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  75. Mark Manning Says:

    Imroz
    you are an anarchist !
    I bet you would be the 1st one to ask for aide from Australia and New Zealand when it suits you .

  76. woilei Says:

    Bula People – Pls IGNORE the ce-bo’s that wish to DERAIL the rest of us that are exchanging information and opinions. It is interesting that now KOREA has appeared on the horizon together with CHINA and INDIA .

    Check this article out :

    Korean firm plans car plant, resort
    02 MAY 2008
    A Korean company is planning to set up a car assembly plant and a resort in Fiji.

    On his way back to Fiji from Dubai, interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited the company, CT&T Co Ltd’s car assembly plant in Dangjin, South Korea.

    The company plans to set up a similar plant in Fiji for the local and overseas market.

    In the afternoon before boarding his flight to return to Fiji, Bainimarama was briefed by
    CT&T Co Ltd’s president and CEO Young Gi Lee who is also planning to build a resort with 120 villas in Tavua Island in the Mamanuca Group.

    Lee plans to start the project in July this year with a total investment of F$75.1million (US$50m).

    Bainimarama also met with the mayor of Dangjin City, Min, Jong-kee.
    ______________________

    WOW see how EASY it is for countries like this to BUY Fiji .

    Offer a few mouse nibbles and away Bainiceke goes jumping after the crumbs like a rabid kalavo.

    Meanwhile back on the ranch, SEWER RAT Choro sits back and cackles while the natives run around at his every beck and call.

  77. Mark Manning Says:

    I think it’s time the Volkswagon was made in Fiji !

  78. Pusiloa Says:

    Just wondering whats the IG pigs cut in all this dealings…free 4WD for the clan, another house for vutulaki son etc etc…

  79. Mark Manning Says:

    just key into google , hitler’s beginning .
    Is this history repeating itself ?
    He who forgets the past , is bound to repeat it .
    I think my idea was better , vote mark manning for Presi . free toasters and Volkswagen for all !

  80. PANTIES-FOR-PEACE Says:

    Mark, more like LENIN’S AND TROTSKY’S BEGINNING.

  81. PANTIES-FOR-PEACE Says:

    MARK, agreed on the volkswagen – they’re great cars.

    plus they own Audi, Bently, Lamborgini as well as others with a major share

  82. PANTIES-FOR-PEACE Says:

    THIS IS DISGUSTING –

    IG’s rejected court order-

    AIR PACIFIC obeyed the court ruling and refused to take hannah with them to sydney today

    korean airlines also refused – but through initimidation tactics, the ig’s were finally able to get him to board to sydney via korea!

  83. Save the Sheep Says:

    The fact that they have now violated a court order to send Evan away just says it all.

    Imroz is right, no use crying about him being gone. We should thank the Military Council so much for showing us the truth that:

    No matter what the people want, we shall have a Charter.

    No matter what the people want, the Charter will say what they want it to say not what the people want it to say.

    No matter what, we will have an election and only those that they want will be elected, Mugabe style.

    No matter what all Judgements made by the Fiji Judiciary will fall in favour of the IG and if any don’t their judgement WILL Be IGNORED.

    No matter how capable you are, you will not be employed in Fiji if you disagree with the thoughts of the IG and its Council backers, even if they all do live in La La Land.

    No matter what, we can think and say what we like, now the incentive to disagree is a free trip overseas…..

    Thank you Imroz and the Military Council for illustrating in the most blatant way , the contempt that you hold for the people of Fiji and the fact that whatever you say and do you just cannot be trusted.

    Thank you for showing us that even good ideas will be totally ignored if they do not agree with your agenda.

    Thank you for showing us what this coup is really all about once and for all.

  84. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    The arrest and deportation of Fiji Times publisher, Evan Hannah/ in breach of a court order, is an outragous and totally unacceptable abuse of human rights and media freedom.

    Ironically, Hannah’s arrest occurred on the same day that Fiji’s dictator issued a statement saying that media freedom was guaranteed under Fiji’s constitution.

    Where’s the evidence to support that statement? All we’re presented with is
    stark proof that Fiji’s military-backed regime is succeeding in dragging us down to the level of a Gestapo state.

    Instead of due process, there was just an early evening swoop on Hannah’s
    residence andan-arrest for the purposes of mandatory deportation.

    Such a rash action supports our conviction that the instigator of the 5
    December 2006 coup and current dictator of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, and his much-vaunted Military Council, exercise only nominal control of Fiji’s current illegal regime.

    The real power lies with Mahendra Pal Chaudhry and Chaudhry’s eager
    protege, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who are intent on implementing their joint
    agenda, a process they know would be frustrated by a free media.

    Last night’s arrest of Hannah was a payback for the publication by the Fiji
    Times of the fact that Chaudhry was the interim government minister alleged to have engaged in tax fraud.

    That the regime’s interim ministers can ride roughshod over due process is not only proof of their disregard for the law, but damning testament to the
    strength of the hold Chaudhry has over Bainimarama.

    Back in 2006, before the coup/ when Bainimarama was fearful of the police investigation into his role in the CRW murders in November 2000, he was sdesperate for an exit strategy that he became putty in the hands of the cynical and opportunistic Chaudhry.

    Since the coup on 5 December 2000 it has been downhill all the way.

    We stand wholeheartedly behind Fiji’s media. We at FDN gratefully
    acknowledge their fairness and objectivity in continuing, under the most
    arduous of circumstances, to fearlessly report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    But sadly, for as long as they pursue this course, Fiji’s media will remain the targets of a regime that refuses to accept the truth.

    Once again our illegal military-backed rulers have demonstrated their childish belief that they can avoid the truth, and its consequences, simply by throwing a newspaper publisher onto an aeroplane.

    It is a painful fact that, under Fiji’s current regime, we can only expect the
    wholesale degradation of Fiji’s proud traditions, her economy, her social
    cohesion and her international reputation – to continue apace until such time as the country can return to being a parliamentary democracy.

  85. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    On the very same day Fiji’s dictator, Voreqe Bainimarama, stated in
    unequivocal terms that freedom of the media in this country was guaranteed under the constitution, the publisher of the nation’s biggest newspaper was detained and bundled onto a flight to Seoul in direct contravention of a court order.

    This proves one of two things: either the dictator is a cynical liar, or he has no real control over the day-to-day goverance of Fiji. Take your pick.

    The only thing we can be certain of is that despite all his public utterances, any relation between the inherent fiction of the dictator’s statements and the grim reality of his regime’s actions is pure coincidence.

    In light of this contradiction, why should anyone believe anything Bainimarama says?

    Unfortunately for Fiji, this man who has demonstrated such an ability to
    contradict himself so profoundly is the same man who promised that Fiji would have an election by March next year.

  86. Frida Says:

    I agree with Islandboy @1202 on May 02 when he said that “Instead of using the words Interim Government (IG) lets all agree to use illegal regime (IR) Instead of interim Minister of anything, say illegal minister.

    If we are to call a spade a spade then – let us. the more we utter illegal, I believe the more people who are sitting on the fence are able to see what it is we have in place.

  87. anon Says:

    These people just shows how inhumane and their level on intellectual.. Ni yavu vuli vakavo!!!!!. We can only conclude that whatever the Fiji Times have been printing is all factual because it has certainly hurt the IG!!!. E kuvai dou nene!!!.. E kaka!!!!!. Dou yavu ululala kece…..

  88. kosaniyaqona Says:

    Just goes to show that the illegal government will do anything it wants …law or beyond law..as long as it works for them. The law and the constitution are there only to limit the people’s activities and freedom. The law does not apply to them. I beleiev the time has finally arived for some action & we have been very patient this far….

  89. Ima Says:

    Now I wholeheartedly agree with what Russel Hunter said upon his deportation…..”There are no laws in Fiji. They make them as they go along.”

    Yes, they are an ILLEGAL REGIME, because of all they’ve done since 5/12/06 has been ILLEGAL!!!

  90. Linus Says:

    That soldier that ordered Evans deportation; despite knowing off the Stop Order from the courts is blatant contempt of Court. Just goes to prove that in the Green goons eyes THEY, the F@#%^d Military farce are the law, not the constitution or the law courts.

    By this action, the army has declared total anarchy!!

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  92. Inoke Says:

    It is lucid now that foreign intervention is needed to help us do the real house cleaning and get rid of this thugs roaming the corridors of power.

  93. natewaprince Says:

    Gauna ni ‘cold war’,kevaka e dua e saqata na matanitu mai Rusia,e dua ga na ka e dau caka vua.

    Na KGB e dau vakayagataki me vakamatei na tamata ya,va kawaboko taki o ira na wekana,boko na yacana e na registry of births kei na official record kece va matanitu.O ira qo era sa qai class taki tu me ”non person”.

    O Imroz Buksh talega sa wili tiko me ”non person”

  94. Tebara Says:

    KABA KALAVO TIKO VEI JO MAI KUKU. Leqa gona ni sa sikoa na soresore ratou qai via qitora tiko na qito ni ravete.

    On a serious note – could someone let Police PR spokesperson Ema Mua to get her facts intact. Leqa gona ni soli ga vei ira na i tutu tabana ni blow job. Any other person acting in the PR capacity would be fully briefed prior to action being taken to remove Expats out of country.

    Sa rauta ga me levu na uhhhh ahhh uhhh ahhh gauna ni press conference. Note to Ema.. Next time liase with your superior dicks before they go bananas on the innocent.

  95. Global Voices Online » Fiji Times publisher deported Says:

    […] director of the Fiji Times was detained and confirmed to have deported out of country. AuCorp, solivakasama, Babasiga and McKenzie have their says. Posted by May Hnin Phyu Share […]

  96. Mark Manning Says:

    Actually , I’ve just realised I’ve made a grave erroer !
    It’s only the GCC which can elect me President , plus I have to be from a particular province and be Native Fijian .
    Oh well , looks like I’l have to make do with the Prime Ministership instead . Move over Frank , here I come !

  97. kaiveicoco Says:

    sobo turaga nite Jo,last night we could only see your back side on TV somehow I could figure out it was you because of the shape of your head.Today we saw your front face on in the fiji times.Any which way you can never hide.Ni qarauna ga de rai tu o viti sa taluva nai tarusese.I thought Katarina Tuinamuana very closely.I suppose you were just doing your job eh?

  98. Mark Manning Says:

    If the people in positions of Authority , stopped doing ” their jobs ” , then this coup would never have happened .
    The poor excuses for carrying out these illegal acts are a bit like Hitler’s Henchmen at the Nuremberg trials , when they tried to defend their murderous actions , as , I was just following orders !
    The men of nobility , the true ones , have already resigned from the Military and from other posts within the legally Elected Government .
    Once that is re-installed , we will see what the Courts say of the actions of those who have followed the orders of this murderous regime and it’s pathetic , small dicked Commander !
    Sorry for the language , that should read , no dicked Commander !

  99. Dauvavana Says:

    The irony of it all is that Jo Ravatudei and Evan Hannah’s wife Katarina Tuinamuana (both from Tailevu) were once old flames.

    This whole drama reminds me of the Rugly League State of Origin theme on TV in Australia

    “Mates against Mates” Sa dri yani !!!

  100. Mark Manning Says:

    The plot thickens !

  101. KaiFiji Says:

    Its better they deport All Indians and we take on all Europeans..Indians must go while Europeans stay..
    That will be more healthy

  102. red Says:

    Well the RFMF/Ganilau/Mara brigades have succeeded in stopping the conversation on the TRUTH spoken by Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi and Dr. John Cameron — which was proving to be a disaster for the illegal interim regime.

    The media and the blogs should not let up the pressure on the IG mistakes in trying to shove the charter farter down our throats along with its illegal GCC and compromised judiciary.

    It is the illegal rfmf dictatorship which is ON TRIAL here.

    And as the hand wrote on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN – RFMF and illegal government have been weighed and found wanting!

    They know they are in the WRONG and there by FALSE PRETENCES, they know they are being weighed, examined and analysed, and sometimes, they just HAVE to SCORE AN OWN GOAL. Everything they do will be VEILECEYAKI as the Roko Tui Bau has said.

    So some days, the idiots just can’t help themselves from diving BELOW the line, rather than trying to jump over the bar, the nuts just keep showing themselves for the idiots they are.

    Just have to sit back and laugh coz we don’t have to do much, they hang themselves quite well ON THEIR OWN.

    Like Noble Banner Blue says:

    First they came for the SDL, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a part of the SDL.
    Then they came for the Chiefs, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Chief.
    Then they came for the Journalists, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Journalist.
    Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
    to speak up for me. ..

  103. gellie Says:

    YEEEAAAAAAAAHHHH

    I can see investment coming into Fiji after headlines like this are splashed across the world papers once the wire services AFP, AAP, Reuters get into gear!

    Fiji Times publisher deported despite court order

    Updated 16 minutes ago

    The managing director of the News Corporation-owned Fiji Times newspaper was taken from his Suva home by men claiming to be immigration officers. [Reuters]

    An Australian newspaper publisher is flying to Seoul, after he was deported from Fiji.

    Our reporter in Suva, Samisoni Pareti, says immigrations officials detained Evan Hannah on Thursday night, saying the Fiji Times publisher had breached work permit conditions.

    The Australian High Commission in Suva has confirmed the News Limited executive was put on a Korean Airlines plane and is currently flying to Seoul, despite a Fiji court order preventing his departure.

    The editor of the Fiji Times, Natani Rika, has told Radio Australia right up till the last moment Evan Hannah had no idea where he was to be sent

    “Indications are they waited until five minutes before the Korean Airways flight left, then members of the security forces, we are not sure which branch at this stage, told the airport offcials to put Mr Hannah on the plane,” he said.

    Mr Hannah’s deportation went ahead despite a court order preventing his departure.

    The court order was signed by High Court Judge Justice Filimoni Jitoko, who will now rule on the authorities’ refusal to abide by his orders.

    Media Freedom
    The Pacific Islands News Association says Fiji’s decision to deport an Australian newspaper publisher is a blatant attack on media freedom.

    In a statement, PINA President Joseph Ealedona says the deportation of Mr Hannah is calaculated to intimidate and silence critics of Fiji’s interim military regime.

    Mr Rika says the deportation comes a day after the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimara, released a statement in support of media freedom, ahead of World Media Freedom Day on May 3.

    “It’s difficult not to laugh in a situation such as this – but it’s unfortunate that this has happened at this, of all times, shortly before Media Freedom Day,” he said.

    “This move doesn’t do much to foster good relations, but as a responsible media organisation, we’re going to continue to allow people, including the government, space in our newspaper to make their views known to the public.”

    Mr Hannah’s deportation comes just months after another Australian publisher, Russell Hunter, was arrested and sent home after allegedly publishing stories that incensed the military regime

    Mr Hunter was the publisher of the rival newspaper Fiji Sun and had upset the military regime with a number of articles relating to one of the country’s ministers.

    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200805/s2233401.htm

  104. cujo Says:

    I would say the rfmf illegal regime can wave byebye to those doobhai and singpore dollars you were thinking to attract

    heres more reporting of the good news coming from politically stable Fiji (NOT!)

    ——————————————
    Fiji deports Aussie newspaper editor

    May 2, 2008 – 10:09AM

    Fiji’s military government today ignored a court order and deported the Australian publisher of the Fiji Times newspaper, after labelling him a threat to national security.

    Australian Evan Hannah, publisher of the Fiji Times newspaper, was taken from his Suva home about 8pm local time yesterday by Fiji government authorities to Nadi Airport.

    It is understood he was put on an Air Pacific flight at 9am (7am Sydney time) and was scheduled to arrive at Sydney Airport at 11.40am.

    Editor of the Fiji Times Netani Rika said his newspaper obtained a court order last night preventing Mr Hannah from being deported from the country.

    “We filed a writ of habeas corpus last night and the court ordered that Mr Hannah be produced at 3pm this afternoon,” Mr Rika said.

    He said the deportation of the Australian would not stop his newspaper fearlessly reporting the political situation in the South Pacific country.

    “We have been bullied an intimidated for the last 18 months. We have been bullied and intimidated by previous governments. It hasn’t stopped us in the past and it won’t stop us now,” Mr Rika said.

    After the military coup in Fiji in December 2006, some media outlets in the country have been harassed by the government.

    Soon after the coup troops occupied some offices of media companies and demanded the right to scrutinise reports before they were aired or published.

    Last year, some journalists were taken in for questioning following reports on internet weblogs, and in another incident New Zealand Fairfax journalist Michael Field was denied entry to Fiji.

    More recently Russell Hunter, the Australian publisher of the Fiji Sun newspaper was thrown out of the country after writing articles critical of a minister in Fiji’s military government.

    Mr Rika said Mr Hannah’s wife Dr Katarina Tuinamuana and one-year-old son Ben were still in Fiji.

    “They seem to be OK. [Last night] she had family around and support from the Australian High Commission, and us,” he said.

    In March Mr Hannah was summoned to Fiji’s interim attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    It is understood Mr Sayed-Khaiyum complained about the political coverage of the Fiji Times.

    Dr Tuinamuana told AAP she was not sure her husband had been sent from the country this morning, as authorities planned.

    “Right now I understand he is sitting on a plane. There is a lot of uncertainty about whether he will be offloaded.”

    She said she was “very upset” by events.

    “I think the actions of the officials were completely unnecessary and we are just waiting for information about is happening about what will happen to my husband,” she said.

    She said Mr Hannah had been prepared for the possibility he would be deported from the country.

    “After the deportation of Russell Hunter we knew that anything could happen. It did come as a surprise to us that it happened now. We did think things were starting to calm down a bit,” Dr Tuinamuana said.

    In February Mr Hunter, was expelled from the country after his newspaper ran a series of articles alleging tax evasion by a key government minister.

    The deportation was condemned by the Australian government, but the Fiji administration said Mr Hunter needed to go because he had been a threat to the country’s security and safety.

    Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who this morning arrived back in his country following an overseas trip, said he was unaware of why Mr Hannah had been deported.

    “I just got off the plane myself. I am not fully aware of what is happening,” he said.

    AAP

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/fiji-deports-aussie-newspaper-editor/2008/05/02/1209235107165.html

    Fiji deports Murdoch’s newspaper publisher

    Thu May 1, 2008 10:14pm EDT

    SUVA, May 2 (Reuters) – Fiji’s military government deported the Australian publisher of Rupert Murdoch’s Fiji Times newspaper on Friday, after declaring him a threat to national security.

    The move is the latest crackdown on the media in Fiji since military commander Frank Bainimarama seized power in a bloodless coup in late 2006, and comes amid growing international criticism of the slow progress in returning the island chain to democracy.

    Evan Hannah was driven to Fiji’s international airport at Nadi, and escorted by a soldier onto a Korean Airline’s flight to Seoul, despite a court order that he attend an appeal hearing against the deportation order issued on Thursday.

    “The (court) orders were served to all relevant authorities way before the flight in which Mr Hannah was scheduled to board departed,” the Fiji Times’ website http://www.fijitimes.com said.

    “But despite all that, the soldiers and immigration officials managed to put Mr Hannah on board the Korean Airline flight KE138 bound for Incheon in Seoul,” it said.

    The deportation comes after another Australian, Russell Hunter, publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was deported in February for criticising Bainimarama’s government.

    Murdoch’s Australian publishing arm, News Ltd, has condemned Hannah’s deportation as the latest threat to press freedom in Fiji.

    Bainimarama has promised to hold free and fair elections by early 2009, but South Pacific foreign ministers said in March that more work was needed to meet the election timetable.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSSYD10887120080502

  105. cujo Says:

    I would say the rfmf illegal regime can wave byebye to those doobhai and singpore dollars you were thinking to attract

    heres more reporting of the good news coming from politically stable Fiji (NOT!)

    ——————————————
    Fiji deports Aussie newspaper editor

    May 2, 2008 – 10:09AM

    Fiji’s military government today ignored a court order and deported the Australian publisher of the Fiji Times newspaper, after labelling him a threat to national security.

    Australian Evan Hannah, publisher of the Fiji Times newspaper, was taken from his Suva home about 8pm local time yesterday by Fiji government authorities to Nadi Airport.

    It is understood he was put on an Air Pacific flight at 9am (7am Sydney time) and was scheduled to arrive at Sydney Airport at 11.40am.

    Editor of the Fiji Times Netani Rika said his newspaper obtained a court order last night preventing Mr Hannah from being deported from the country.

    “We filed a writ of habeas corpus last night and the court ordered that Mr Hannah be produced at 3pm this afternoon,” Mr Rika said.

    He said the deportation of the Australian would not stop his newspaper fearlessly reporting the political situation in the South Pacific country.

    “We have been bullied an intimidated for the last 18 months. We have been bullied and intimidated by previous governments. It hasn’t stopped us in the past and it won’t stop us now,” Mr Rika said.

    After the military coup in Fiji in December 2006, some media outlets in the country have been harassed by the government.

    Soon after the coup troops occupied some offices of media companies and demanded the right to scrutinise reports before they were aired or published.

    Last year, some journalists were taken in for questioning following reports on internet weblogs, and in another incident New Zealand Fairfax journalist Michael Field was denied entry to Fiji.

    More recently Russell Hunter, the Australian publisher of the Fiji Sun newspaper was thrown out of the country after writing articles critical of a minister in Fiji’s military government.

    Mr Rika said Mr Hannah’s wife Dr Katarina Tuinamuana and one-year-old son Ben were still in Fiji.

    “They seem to be OK. [Last night] she had family around and support from the Australian High Commission, and us,” he said.

    In March Mr Hannah was summoned to Fiji’s interim attorney-general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    It is understood Mr Sayed-Khaiyum complained about the political coverage of the Fiji Times.

    Dr Tuinamuana told AAP she was not sure her husband had been sent from the country this morning, as authorities planned.

    “Right now I understand he is sitting on a plane. There is a lot of uncertainty about whether he will be offloaded.”

    She said she was “very upset” by events.

    “I think the actions of the officials were completely unnecessary and we are just waiting for information about is happening about what will happen to my husband,” she said.

    She said Mr Hannah had been prepared for the possibility he would be deported from the country.

    “After the deportation of Russell Hunter we knew that anything could happen. It did come as a surprise to us that it happened now. We did think things were starting to calm down a bit,” Dr Tuinamuana said.

    In February Mr Hunter, was expelled from the country after his newspaper ran a series of articles alleging tax evasion by a key government minister.

    The deportation was condemned by the Australian government, but the Fiji administration said Mr Hunter needed to go because he had been a threat to the country’s security and safety.

    Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who this morning arrived back in his country following an overseas trip, said he was unaware of why Mr Hannah had been deported.

    “I just got off the plane myself. I am not fully aware of what is happening,” he said.

    AAP

    smh.com.au/news/world/fiji-deports-aussie-newspaper-editor/2008/05/02/1209235107165.html

    Fiji deports Murdoch’s newspaper publisher

    Thu May 1, 2008 10:14pm EDT

    SUVA, May 2 (Reuters) – Fiji’s military government deported the Australian publisher of Rupert Murdoch’s Fiji Times newspaper on Friday, after declaring him a threat to national security.

    The move is the latest crackdown on the media in Fiji since military commander Frank Bainimarama seized power in a bloodless coup in late 2006, and comes amid growing international criticism of the slow progress in returning the island chain to democracy.

    Evan Hannah was driven to Fiji’s international airport at Nadi, and escorted by a soldier onto a Korean Airline’s flight to Seoul, despite a court order that he attend an appeal hearing against the deportation order issued on Thursday.

    “The (court) orders were served to all relevant authorities way before the flight in which Mr Hannah was scheduled to board departed,” the Fiji Times’ website http://www.fijitimes.com said.

    “But despite all that, the soldiers and immigration officials managed to put Mr Hannah on board the Korean Airline flight KE138 bound for Incheon in Seoul,” it said.

    The deportation comes after another Australian, Russell Hunter, publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was deported in February for criticising Bainimarama’s government.

    Murdoch’s Australian publishing arm, News Ltd, has condemned Hannah’s deportation as the latest threat to press freedom in Fiji.

    Bainimarama has promised to hold free and fair elections by early 2009, but South Pacific foreign ministers said in March that more work was needed to meet the election timetable.

    reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSSYD10887120080502

  106. chala chala! Says:

    BEWARE BLOGGERS.

    The chinks are in town and spending millions to upgrade the rfmf and illegal dictatorship’s computer system. Remember the chinese naval ship that docked in Suva harbour for 2 months in early 2007 with their 1000 satellite dishes…..

    China’s Cybersnoops Scour the World
    Sreeram Chaulia
    ASIA SENTINEL.COM
    02 May 2008

    Beijing’s intrusions into government computers across the planet — most recently in India — are illegal and outrageous.W

    hile world publicity has mainly focused on the intrusion of the Chinese into the email system of US Defense Secretary Robert Gates last year, the fact is that Chinese hackers have been crawling all over the computer systems of a growing number of countries. The latest example is their recent foray into the web servers of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

    The Indian incursion is being treated as the Internet equivalent of a terrorist attack on a national institution, threatening the security of India’s diplomatic and military communications. Although Chinese embassy officials in Delhi reacted angrily to news of the event as an “irresponsible fabrication,” the incident fits an emerging pattern of planned Chinese penetration of government websites and subsequent denial of responsibility.

    In May 2007, for instance, it came to light that the Chinese had hacked into the computers of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office and three of her ministries. In June came the announcement by US officials that they had hacked into Gates’ email system. In September the British government disclosed that a hacking unit traceable to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had hit the networks of the Foreign Office and other key departments in London.

    Although Beijing has vehemently objected to each of the allegations as malicious propaganda, the scale and nature of data stolen in these operations leaves little doubt about Chinese state involvement. The argument that the hackers, whose IP addresses go back to mainland China, are loose cannons working on their own simply to demonstrate their destructive technical skills does not square with the reality that Beijing has never prosecuted any of this burgeoning tribe.

    It is ironic that in a so-called communist country where unionizing is banned for the working class, there exist hackers’ “unions” and “Red alliances” that pool Chinese software programmers willing to work for so-called patriotic causes. From 1998 to 2002, “Red hackers” broke into thousands of websites and paralyzed computer systems in the US, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan.

    The Honker Union, based in mainland China, attained legendary status as a national asset during the 2001 spy plane standoff with the US. Its members went on a hacking spree and defaced the home pages of several American government websites and were answered through a tit-for-tat by American hacking professionals.

    Following that high-profile cyber battle, the Honker Union mobilized anti-Japanese protests and petitions online in 2003. In 2005, hacking squads attacked dozens of public and private websites in Japan in what the Washington Post described as “the heaviest assault ever perpetrated on the nation’s computer systems from overseas.” Domestic public opinion about the Honkers was overwhelmingly positive and even led to the coronation of celebrity hackers who gave interviews to media outlets and flaunted their exploits.

    Instead of arresting the cyber criminals who are in contravention of the norms of international diplomacy, both Chinese society and state have hailed them as national heroes. Chinese Public Relations scholar Xu Wu has written that hacking for the sake of the motherland is a “natural extension from China’s century-long nationalist movement.” State-run research institutes and media houses glorify them as implementers of the Maoist doctrine of “harming if you do harm to me.” In such a permissive environment hacking has become a growth industry.

    The free rein afforded to hackers contrasts sharply with the tight control the state attempts to exercise on Internet search engines and politically objectionable websites. Authoritarian China fears technologies that allow its citizens access to subversive information on democracy, human rights, religious freedoms and self-determination struggles, such as Tibet and Xinjiang. The agreement in 2004 between the Chinese government and Google to omit contentious news stories from search results in China illustrates the determination with which Beijing polices cyberspace.

    In March, as the Tibetan tumult cascaded, China swiftly blocked Google News and YouTube for a week in an attempt at damage control. Internet censorship by the Chinese government on the issues of Tibet or the Falun Gong spiritual movement is the obverse of the long rope given to hackers to incite anti-Japanese riots or to steal state secrets from targeted countries. This contradictory situation suggests that New Economy-enabling technology is a double-edged sword for China’s regime.

    If the Internet can be China’s best friend as well as its worst enemy, crafty state management of it becomes an imperative. Beijing’s policy is to continue developing its cyberwar abilities as part of its military modernization drive while acting as a vigilant gatekeeper against websites that can fuel dissent and unrest among its people.

    Legal experts say that effectively outlawing cyber crime is difficult due to the nature of the Internet. Even if there were an international convention regulating cyberspace, norm-offending states like China cannot be expected to adhere to rules of the book.

    The only option for victim states like India is to publicize each incident of Chinese hacking into its domains and to raise international attention of this patently aggressive behavior.

    The more China’s hacking strategy is exposed before the world, the greater will be the urgency to improve internet network security. India’s global leadership in software programming gives it a distinct advantage in developing foolproof defenses against infiltration by Chinese hackers. As to the counteroffensive option, Indian hackers are known to have waged mini-cyber wars against Pakistani websites in the past. They will need to organise better against the much more formidable challenge posed by the Chinese.

    Sreeram Chaulia is a researcher on international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship in Syracuse, New York.

    asiasentinel.com

  107. Tasiriki Says:

    Like Noble Banner Blue says:

    First they came for the SDL, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a part of the SDL.
    Then they came for the Chiefs, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Chief.
    Then they came for the Journalists, and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Journalist.
    Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left
    to speak up for me. ..

    FIJI …WHEN ARE WE GONNA SPEAK UP!!!!….

    WHEN ARE WE GONNA STOP THIS IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!..IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN!!!

    It saddens me to see the pic of the deportation..& did any1 realise the image of the wife and child in the background…..how sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ISA VITI…NA GAUNA CAVA TALE BEKA..HOW LONG DO WE HAVE TO WAIT?

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL OUR FATHERS & MOTHERSS….TILL SOLE BREADWINNERSS ARE LAID OFF FROM THEIR JOBS……

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL THEIR IS NO MONEY LEFT IN OUR FAMILIES PRIVATE SAVINGS?

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL PARENTS HAVE NO OTHER AVENUE TO TURN TO IN THE HOPE OF FINANCING THEIR CHILDRENS EDUCATION!

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL THERE IS NO MORE FOOD TO PUT ON THE TABLE.!!

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL IS NO MORE MONEY TO TRAVEL TO SCHOOL!

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED DOWN WHEN PARENTS CAN NOT PAY THEIR CHILDRENS SCHOOL FEES!

    DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE SHOPS CLOSE DOWN BECAUSE NO ONE IS SPENDING MONEY..BECAUSE THERE IS NO MONEY TO SPEND ANYWAY!!!!!

    UNLIKE THIS FANCY PANSIES IN THE IG WIT THEIR OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS & THEIR INSURANCE POLICYYY….THERE ARE REAL PEOPLE OUT THERE WITH REAL ISSUESS….PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLES FOR THEIR FAMILIES!!!!

    WHEN…WHEN..WHEN…….

    TILL WHEN FIJI!!!!!!!! NA GAUNA CAVA TALE!!!!!

  108. Tebara Says:

    @ Naita Daushootin … Information tiko vei iko. Kemudou na Turaga Naita duanaka e laurai vei kemudou. Valenikuro e tara yarayara.. Sa rauta mo dou taika tiko ..bahahahahahahahahahaha!

  109. FijiGirl Says:

    @ chala chala! Interesting post. But really, what’s the worst that can happen to us? The Chinese can tell the illegal regime (IR – vinaka Frida) who the bloggers are in Fiji and across the world.

    The fact is that, at some point, we have to make a stand for what we believe.

    If we all lose our anonymity, perhaps then we won’t be so reticent about peaceful protest marches, or outright civil non-cooperation, and other non-violent demonstration to SHOW our opposition to this Junta.

    What is now stopping us? Nothing more than our fear, I fear.

    If the Junta find out who each of us is, and take action against each of us, how much worse can it be than what they are already doing to our beautiful country, to our future?

    At some point, we have to take a stand. Just ask yourself – What would you do if you were not afraid?

    Tabu soro

    God bless Fiji

  110. tabu toso Says:

    Vakaloloma ni se cauraki tiko mai na history ni 20 years ago dauvavana. Relevance?? zero relevance to the discussion. Neither Ravatudei or Tuinamuana are on trial here. The rfmf illegal dictatorship regime is on trial. Tadulala would like to highlight the irony of Ravatudei escorting Hannah out of his home, but really, its irrelevant. They might be having a laugh up at the camp and in the rfmf media misinformation coven, but how long will they last? Do they see the writing on the wall?

    Just as the deportation of Hannah is offensive to notions of fairness, human rights and media freedom, on any day of the year, whether it is media freedom day or 2 days before media freedom day is marked.

    The rfmf/military council/illegal dictatorship have a weird sense of humour in deporting Hannah 2 days before media freedom day, but unfortunately its all short sighted fun because in the final analysis, in the longer term, this own goal does their cause more harm than good. Hannah is not the editor at the Times and the regime is sadly mistaken that the truth changes with the deportation (whether of Hannah or Hunter). They would like to this so, but it is not necessarily so.

  111. anon Says:

    Joe, how can one stoop that low. Vakamadua, willing to do the dirty work as long as you can keep your job. Retiring age sa pasi makawa. Qarauna ga de dua e sega ni kila na taluva ni nona tarausese.

  112. Jeann Says:

    Please lets leave the civil servants out of this. There are NO new jobs being created in Fiji. They’re all in the same boat to keep their job, we outside of govt or outside of Fiji are not seeing their perspective. Do we expect all 23,000 civil servants to quit their jobs?

    Whether they are based at Parliament working on the charter doing research, compiling papers, doing consultation arrangements, admin or working at PSC, or Lands or any other Ministry, they’re still keeping the government going and putting food on the table. Lets not condemn them for doing their jobs.

    Their duty is do their jobs no matter who the political power is, even an illegal government. Lets not condemn them for looking after their families please. Its fine for us outside government or Fiji to talk.

    Whether they are a clerical officer or accounting officer or agricultural officer, they’re all putting food on the table for their families. ITS THE ILLEGAL RFMF REGIME THAT IS AT FAULT. THEY ARE THE ONES SINKING THE BOAT – NOT THE CIVIL SERVANTS.

    Much as we hate what the civil servants may be doing like work on the charter or the dirty work of deporting rfmf opponents, they hate doing it too, but have to think of their families. Its the ones making the political decisions – the thieves in the interim regime that are to blamed – because they can’t face their accusers head on, in public, face to face in the media for the people to see their WEAKNESSES, that they get others to do their dirty work – but it is the illegal regime’s hands that is DIRTY.

    The civil servants will have to work out their own culpability, but its the whole of Fiji that is at fault for the coups. We are a product of our colonial history, of the separation of the races during colonisation, colonial policies and decisions of our governments since 1970, since 1987, since 1997.

  113. IslandBoy Says:

    @Jeann – Sorry but I absolutely disagree. You propose the very same rationale and arguments put forward by Nazi rank and file soldiers as they turned the spigots to gas millions of Jews and Christians. Please refer to the Nuremberg transcripts.

    YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE AND YOU WILL BE CALLED ON TO ACCOUNT FOR THE CHOICES YOU MAKE.

    Furthermore it is NOT the WHOLE of Fiji that is responsible for the coups. What a ridiculous assertion!

  114. LUVfiji Says:

    Jeann, first you say that the illegal RFMF regime that is at fault… blah blah. …its the illegal regime’s hands that is dirty. And then in the very next breath you say that the whole of Fiji is at fault for the coups???????

    Excuse me for reading yr post. You’ve got me confused!

  115. naioconibokola Says:

    Oh boy! Jeann……..don’t you just HAVE your lines crossed!!

  116. Rayborg Says:

    Jeann
    A lot of us were not in the country when the coup happened so we don’t know about the coup until we got the news. You say all of Fiji are responsible. I tell you what. Go back to where you were sleeping and stay asleep for the next few months. When you wake up, tell us what you have done in that time. Does that make sense to you?

  117. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Jeann! You might wanna rephrase!

  118. FijiGirl Says:

    @ Jeann – the civil servants have the power in their hands to disrupt this illegal regime to the point of forcing elections.

    They CAN sabotage the workings of govt by ‘go slow’, taking emergency sick leave, etc.

    Chodo could not touch them because they are unionised and he cannot afford to alienate the unions any more (than he already has).

    I mean, the civil servants would do it for a pay rise, or COLA adjustment.

    Why NOT do it for their country?

    As above, I say again – WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE NOT AFRAID?

    Now, stop being afraid, and do it. Peaceful protest. Non-violent demonstration. Bring these buggers DOWN.

    Tabu soro

    God bless Fiji

  119. IslandBoy Says:

    @FijiGirl – I’m with my nite LUVfiji (de vaqara kabi) I is just one ignorant confuserated natives, but honey child you got my vote.

  120. LUVfiji Says:

    Ni kabi tiko mai, turaga naita; au bu via honey child talega !!

  121. Warlord Says:

    Epeli Ganilau is nothing but a coward son of a bitch. Watch your back man, you’re going down.

  122. jeann Says:

    Sorry all, IB, LF, FG. I was in a rush earlier and didn’t complete my thought. My bad: what I should have said was: the whole of Fiji is responsible for taking us out of this situation, not ONLY the civil servants.

    Why are we waiting on others (eg civil servants) to ‘sort this out’ and asking each other ‘are you afraid’ These questions obviously arose at different times for each of us since 5/12: we each will know what we are doing individually to resist this coup. I think many citizens of Fiji including civil servants are resisting this coup. Its ridiculous to expect the 23,000 civil servants to resign once the coup happened. By staying on, they continue to do their work as civil servants, as distasteful as that may be, every minute of their work day.

    If one of them or ten of them are sick today, the guys below or above still have to do the instructions. The work goes on and no one is irreplaceable. Which is better: to have people who know the job(kind of) or the rfmf deploying their halfwits to do work they are neither trained nor suitable for? This is not a black and white issue with easy answers.

    No one is saying by following instructions, they are no longer accountable – the Nuremberg trials established that quite clearly! but the actions of civil servants do not amount to genocide. However rfmf soldiers obeying unlawful instructions are a different kettle of fish! As I said, each civil servant will have to work out their culpability and its them alone answering questions at the end of the day, when that day comes.

    Let me elaborate what I meant when I said ‘we are all to blame’ when I should have added we are ALL responsible to do our best to end the rfmf military dictatorship and take Fiji out of this crisis. We the general population have little choice in bearing with the rfmf military regime. We bore with the 1970 constitution, we bore with the 1987 coup, we bore with the 1990 constitution, we bore with the 2000 coup. And each generation of citizens lived through each phase of our development since cession, independence, 1987, 1990, 2000 and 2006, gifting our gen x/y ers with this country in strife.

    Just like civil servants, the general population HAS NO CHOICE or rather LITTLE CHOICE. Thats what I meant when I said we citizens, of different generations have responsibility: at some level, we’re all culpable – what could we individually have done to prevent the next coup? What could each succeeding generation do to prevent the 3rd, 4th coup – what will we do to prevent a 5th?

    Shouldn’t we all be less apathetic and blaming our ‘useless’ leaders or blaming civil servants?

    Could the 1990 constitution have been prevented? Obviously not since its history, but its come back to bite us in the 2006 coup. We can go on and on about history and who’s to blame which is a subject on its own since hanging the 1987 coup perpetrators would have drawn a definite line under that but shit happens and such was the situation we the people didn’t really have a say in the pardons. But we lived through it and moved on. Not that there will ever be a perfect solution, as the charter farters imagine the NCBBF to be, but we keep trying to produce the best solution by our generation to give to the next.

    We all accept the ‘social contract’ of living in Fiji, warts and all. This means we bear with the government, elected or there at the point of the gun. Doesn’t mean change can’t happen or that we can’t force elections, but that coups seem to come with the territory, so far. We have had four after all. I’m not being defeatist here, just realistic. Theres lots of work to be done to ‘move Fiji forward’ (and no, I’m not advocating the charter, I say ELECTIONS first, lets start following the rules, and then we can see about changing those rules WITHIN THE RULES).

    What I’m saying is, in total, lets accept responsibility rather than just blaming one side, having unrealistic expectations of eg civil servants, or expecting ‘others’ to solve this – its ALL OUR responsibility to get Fiji out of this

    We’re not walking that civil servant’s shoes: the mortgage pressures, books, school uniforms/books/fees/busfare etc etc. If you and I are not willing to start living on tavioka and rourou, rather than bread, butter and rice by moving to the village and ‘resisting’, should we expect civil servants to ‘start it’??? Its NOT JUST UP TO CIVIL SERVANTS. Its an individual AND collective question: what is each one of us doing to resist this coup, help bring about elections asap, and then after that, the harder work. When do we start building an anti-coup culture in Fiji? Now? After the 2009 elections if they happen?

    Today its Immigration Officers, tomorrow its someone at fisheries who may come down hard on Macuata villagers, next week its someone from Lands dismantling squatter settlements on state land, the week after its someone from PWD fixing up Frank’s driveway.

    I see this as an individual question, not just one to pose at civil servants who wrestle with this everyday. At the same time, the focus should be on the coup perpetrators and those benefitting from its continuing their gravy train – bankrupts like ganilau, not civil servants who are just doing their job.

    Like I said, its easy to pick on civil servants, but what do we do each of us individually to resist the coup and eg raise awareness about governance that will apply even AFTER elections so we get a better crop into Parliament and eg settling the renewal of sugar cane leases satisfactorily, bringing about more equality, more focused and appropriate affirmative action, right-sizing the civil service, properly managing the economy etc etc.

    How many of us bloggin here (or lurking readers) will feel as ‘involved’ or ‘having a stake’ in Fiji’s political development after things go back to ‘normal’? Once elections happen, will we all then sit back and relax? I think its an ongoing responsibility and probably many will agree, to prevent the nation from once again shooting itself in the foot with future 5th, 6th, 7th etc coups.

  123. jeann Says:

    Not that tavioka and rourou is not a treat. By this I mean if we will not ourselves take our children out of the suva/lautoka school, give up our mortgage and other consequences of leaving the civil service to ‘resist’, how can we expect civil servants to do that – this is the reality for many many civil servants if they resign.

    The work on preventing future coups is NOW – this coup must fail if Fiji is to have a chance to prevent the 5th, 6th, 7th coup. And civil servants alone won’t roll back this coup. As Naupoto says on the radio this morning, they are only implementing the IG/Minister for Defence decisions on travel bans and deportations.

    Not that there are not issues with Naupoto’s appointment by ‘president frank’ but even a civilian Director for Immigration would say the same thing. There is still culpability on the part of those who hid Hannah at Nadi airport to avoid the media/australian consular officials, but at the end of the day, its Ganilau alone (from what I hear Naupoto saying) that knows the reason. This could be him acting unilaterally and claiming the rfmf advised him: frank was out of the country when hunter was deported too. And some insiders say that Ganilau himself is THE ONE: frank just can’t stand to refuse his demands and complaining since 2005.

  124. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    The future has to see Someone or some people serving jail time for the Fiji Times Publisher’s deportation.

  125. IslandBoy Says:

    @Jeann – you speak from the perspective of an effete snob with the grand luxury of a town life and make derogatory comments about village life, as if moving to the village was somehow the result of not being able to afford to live in the city.

    In case you are not aware, some people living in the villages have impeccable post graduate qualifications, education, training and personal backgrounds but have made a conscious decision to live in the village.

    They CHOOSE not to get caught up in the (and this is a value judgement) Pajero driving, cell phone, big mortgage dinau and rice, bread and flour, credit card based lifestyles that drives many in the illegal regime, opting instead of living rent free, utilising their village gardens and travelling to Suva everyday, on the land their forefathers have lived for centuries.

    Whether from the rivers and estuaries of Rewa and the Nakelo delta or the hills and valleys of Naitasiri, Tailevu and Namosi, they wake up before the crack of dawn to make the trek and back again everyday.

    The rising world price of wheat and butter from New Zealand does not affect them as much as it does you and it’s not out of necessity but CHOICE that vauvau, rourou, moca, ota, tavioka, kumala, ba, uvi goes into the pot with whatever fresh fish has been caught that day. They don’t go to Suva on Sale on Saturday, they go out to the reef at low tide to get vivili and whatever sasalu ni waitui is available.

    They supplement the education provided to their children in rural schools with home based tutorials. Believe me – an intelligent hardworking child will rise, no matter what school you put him in. AND NO – THESE PEOPLE, THOSE TO WHOM I BELONG, ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COUP.

    In case you didn’t notice all the statements you make are followed by an immediate qualification and in case you did not know, the truth has an intrinsic quality that does not need explanation.

    No one asked any civil servant to resign, so that statement is disingenuous in the extreme.

    This is going to appear sycophantic because he is a very close relative, but remember Peni Sikivou, the Deputy PS who said he did not initiate or was responsible for the study that recommended deregistration of native reserve land, which Chodo was trying to imply by saying on national TV, “ just look at the signature.”

    He came on TV, made his position very clear while clearing his name and said, I am willing to lose my job over this, but I cannot dream of a day when we should see native land deregistered, not in this lifetime. By the way, this gutsy guy – Peni Sikivou – he is from REWA!!!! The same province that CHOSE not to support the illegal regime and its trumped up processes. He made the statement based on his CHOICE regarding what action to take about the deregistration of native reserve.

    Just as Naibuka Vuli, the Immigration guy and the policeman shown on TV and all the other arseholes who bundled Hannah onto the KE service bound for ICN, also had the choice, to follow and enforce a clear judicial directive as professional civil servants or act like thugs and flout the law while trampling Hannah’s human rights and his dignity.

    So go back to your cushy civil service lifestyle and keep telling yourself you have no choice while you feed the choices you made with our tax dollars, which by the way are being illegally collected without our representation. Your day of judgement is at hand, but in the meantime I CHOOSE never to respond to any subsequent post you make.

    Nice try baba, but the sly defence of the illegal regime did not work, or did you think because we CHOOSE to live in villages you could sneak daylight past us.

  126. IslandBoy Says:

    By the way Naupoto, who is just enforcing Ganilau’s directive, is up for drunk driving charges, which by the magic wand of the Police Department has been reduced to careless driving. Imagine that – any bets he gets off with a caution and a promotion?

  127. jeann Says:

    SWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSHHHHHH

    that just flew over your head IB didnt it.

    Don’t worry. Luckily civil servants do not depend on YOUR approval to get on with their lives. Coups are insidious in that we ALL have to live through it, we ALL have to find a way to solve it.

    No one said those in the village did not choose to be there.

    You speak from the comfort of your non civil service job. You do not walk in the shoes of those who provide services to ALL the people of Fiji. We all do our bit whether in the civil service or outside of it. Like I said, this is NOT a black and white issue.

    Its a free web and you may choose not to respond to my post. I don’t need to get into name calling with you just because your convictions are threatened by me. No way am I a coup apologist. What I said is don’t have unrealistic expectations that its ‘others’ or ‘civil servants’ that can stop the coup. We ALL have that responsibility.

  128. LUVfiji Says:

    @IB and Jeann… great posts from you both. Please kiss and makeup 😉
    Keep koool guys!

  129. Jeann Says:

    Hee Hee vinaka LF.

    Se lai vivili mada me icoi ni vakasigalevu. 😀 😀

    m cool 8) Didn’t intend to start a flame war 😉 if it were up to me, we’d hang, draw and quarter the lot of coupsters from Frank, Ganilau, Nailatikau, Chodo and start deporting the maras… 😉 but we don’t always get what we want.

    Kivei IB, no offence intended. I believe we’re on the same side. We may agree to differ with equanimity (not enmity) on how to solve the crisis Fiji faces. Keitou ia tu la na vaqoroi kemudou na marama/turaga mataqali na nomudou liutaka na saqata na vuaviri.

    As the Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi said:

    Na matanitu e cici vaka tiko na noda vanua ena gauna oqo, au vakadeitaka tale ga vei kemuni, ni na cava ena dua na siga. Au sa vakamasuti kemuni kina na i liuliu ni nodatou vei yavusa kei kemuni na lewe ni Bose ni Yasana, meda duavata ena noda maroroya na noda Yasana. Mo ni qarauna mo ni kakua ni volitaka na nomuni i tutu kei na nomuni dina ena vica wale ga na tiki ni siliva. Sa oti e rua na udolu vakacaca na yabaki na nona a ciqoma ko jiutasa isikarioti e 30 na tiki ni siliva me volitaka kina na nona i tutu vakaitisaipeli. Ia, me yacova mai na siga nikua, se roboti vuravura koto ga na kena i tukutuku. Sa na yaga mena matata vei keda na lewe ni Bose, ni noda veiqaravi, se vinaka se ca, ni da na yali yani ena robota toka mai na kena i tukutuku na noda vanua. Au gadreva me’u vakadeitaka tale vei keda ena mataka nikua, ni dua ga na matanitu ena teri cava rawa, ‘o ya na matanitu ni kalou. Ia, ke da vinakata meda lewe ni matanitu ko ya, sa na yaga me da tu vakaukauwa me da maroroya ka qarava vinaka na noda i tavi, ‘o koya eda vakabauta ni sa lesi keda kina na kalou. Na Yasana ‘o Rewa e dau vakaliuci ena matanitu vakaturaga ko Burebasaga. Au sa mai tataunaka vakabibi vei keda ena mataka e dai, me datou yadrava ka qarauna tiko ena veigauna kece sara na vakatulewa dodonu, yalomatua ka rai yawa.”

  130. Linus Says:

    New article from Micheal Field. Follow this link

    http://www.michaelfield.org/route%20out.htm

    Or where I pasted this as a comment, just before Jone Nakavocea’s article on here!!

  131. Linus Says:

    That is on “Army can’t gaurantee etc.

  132. jeann Says:

    Linus thanks for the link

    The ball is in the rfmf’s court primarily. Qarase tabled that with Frank last year when he first wrote. Whether the IG will hear is another question.

    Can we the citizens also help the RFMF to hear?

  133. jeann Says:

    The BLV resolutions of December 2006 also conveyed some of those options. As the Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi canvassed in her speech of 17 April to the Rewa Provincial Council meeting:

    “E sa mai sotava tu ko Viti e daidai e dua na draki dredre sara ni veiliutaki ka sa kauta sara mai vakalevu na tawa cakacaka, na via kana, na tagi, na veilecayaki ni bula, na veidusi kei na veivakasewasewani. Sa tara na bula ni vanua, na veitikotiko vakaturaga, ka sa laki yacova sara na ulu ni noda matabose na i taukei, na Bose Levu Vakaturaga.

    Au gadreva me’u vakalesui keda mada ki na vuaviri ni 1987. Eda a sega ni kila kina e dua na ka, ia, ni sa mai yaco, e vakasuka na veiliutaki ni noda vanua ‘o koya ka vakayacora na vuaviri ki na Bose Levu Vakaturaga. E a ciqoma na Bose vakaturaga na vakamamasu ka me sa vakatulewataka na veika me yaco ena noda vanua. E a qarava na Bose Levu Vakaturaga na i tavi bibi e a vakacolati vua ena vuku ni kena maroroi na lewenivanua, kei na tiko sautu raraba ni noda vanua.

    Era baci dabe tale na Bose Levu Vakaturaga ena vuaviri ni 2000 ena nodra tovolea me ra vakasaqara e dua na i wali ni dredre ka sa baci tara tu na noda vanua ena gauna ko ya. Era a vakaitavi tiko na matailawalawa lailai ni Bose Levu Vakaturaga ena siga kei na bogi ena vakasaqarai ni wali ni leqa. Au a kalougata ni’u a bau digitaki me’u vakaitavi ena cakacaka bibi ni veivakameautaki ko ya.

    E dina ni ra a sega ni vaka-suka na vakatulewataki ni noda vanua ‘o ira na i lawalawa ka vuaviritaka na noda matanitu. Ena vakatulewa ni Bose Levu Vakaturaga ena 2000, era sa duavata na noda turaga me sa vakadeitaki tiko ga na kena tokoni kei na maroroi ni yavu ni vakavulewa ni noda vanua.

    Ena loma ni 20 na yabaki sa oti, sa mai vuaviritaki oti kina vaka va na noda matanitu.

    Ena vuaviri ni tiseba, 2006, e vakasaqara na Bose Levu Vakaturaga na vakatulewa uasivi duadua me baleta na maroroi ni lewenivanua kei na vakalesui ni bula dei vakailavo kei na veiliutaki vaka palimedi ena noda vanua. Eda a kacivi kece kina na turaga i taukei ni vanua oqo, era a sega wale ga ni Bose na lewe ni Bose Levu Vakaturaga. Ni sa gadreva na Bose Levu Vakaturaga me rogoci na domoda ena vakatulewa me na vakayacora.

    Eda sa kila kece vakavinaka na veika e vakatulewataka na Bose Levu Vakaturaga – ko ya, me da sa dabe dei ga ena rokovi ni lawa ni noda vanua ka me vakaliuci tiko ga na lawatu ni noda vanua.

    Au via tataunaka na tikina bibi oqo vei keda ena siga nikua.

    Sa vakatulewa oti na Bose Levu Vakaturaga, na ulu ni noda vei matabose kece na i Taukei, ka da sa okati ena vakatulewa ko ya, na turaga i taukei ni Yasana ko Rewa, me vaka ni da a vakaitavi kece kina. Oqo ga, na vakatulewa meda na tiko dei kina na lewe ni Yasana ko Rewa.

    E se sega ni veisautaki na lewa ni Bose Levu Vakaturaga. Sa kena i balebale, ni da na tu ravita tu na noda vakatulewa ko ya, me yacova na gauna ena qai veisautaka kina na Bose Levu Vakaturaga na nona vakatulewa.”

  134. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    This is very good. Thanks for the trouble.

  135. Imroz Buksh Says:

    The Roko Tui Dreketi is speaking as a deposed SDL Minister; its is quite clear that in that particular forum no one would ever stand up and say anything against what she says. That is Fijian Protocol, when Voreqe attended the funeral of the late Vunivalu of Rewa,the Rewan receiving the sevusevu from the RFMF delegation in a loud voice reiterated that the support of the Vanua was for the IG and the path that was being laid by the IG. He even went on to say that there were only two persons who were against the way things were headed and these two he implied were well known to the IG.The Aunt and Nephew opposition group is also well known to us all. The two have now joined forces and are trying their very best to oppose the IG. Anyways thats besides the point that I’m getting at, what one must understand that Fijians deal with these issues differently, the villagers understand very well what the Roko Tui Dreketi wants,on the other hand they also understand that the Roko Tui Dreketi is well off and does not need Government’s assistance. They understand that at the end of the day it is the Govt of the day that is going to bring piped water to their villages,build roads and schools. They understand that the Roko Tui Dreketi cannot do this becos she couldn’t do it while she was in government,her nephew cannot do this either becos he himself does not involve himself in village projects. These things they have observed for quite a long time and they carried on silently. When we consider all these what do you think will happen? Will the people of Rewa listen to their Chief? Yes of course,but listening only,doing is another thing. That is Fijian Protocol at its best!!!

  136. LUVfiji Says:

    Akaaa… sa dua tale bagi ‘qo na turaga naita IB !

  137. aubatinuku-N Says:

    As far as any kai Rewa is concerned there is only one paramount chief of Rewa but, the Mataitini family maintain that there are two paramount chiefs.

    FACT – To date not a single Mataitini family member has been accorded the proper protocols of Vunivalu even though they seem to think otherwise.

    FACT – The Mataitini family have no straightforward rights to any land, they even have to ask for permission for a place to bury their dead.

    FACT – The Imroz Bukshes of this world DO NOT count in Rewa.

    FACT – Epeli Mataitini and 25 other males most probably close relations, politically ambushed Voreqe Bainimarama & Meli Bainimarama when they were invited to his home (Lawedua) for lunch. Without the knowledge or permission of the GMB/RTD.

    FACT – Epeli Mataitini’s wife (Vuna, Taveuni) is the sister of Koro Gucake who is the now deceased wife of Savenaca Gucake the father of Josaia Gucake (Comsol Fiji Ltd).

    Opportunists and deceivers of the worst kind who like to use God and the church as a front.

    @LUVfiji – Gonei! Kanaka mada, dina sala, o la qo beka e VKB beka vi ratou na ya!

  138. LUVfiji Says:

    @aubatinuku-N

    Since you started all this “affair” on the family Mataitini, I have to state that you had somewhat aroused my genuine interest. The reason being the close connection to my two late aunts who were of the Mataitini family. O i rau na marama rua ka rau vasu i Bau. (I dont suppose I need to mention their names to you.) That is where my sole interest lies. And it is merely for the sake of just knowing – no more.

    Bless you!

  139. Tui Says:

    Bula bloggers, e va’ vei o SV? Totoka na veitalanoa kei na veiwasei. Io na qai me qai ga, kua na relax ragone. Pressure taki iratou tiko na “illigals”!
    God bless.

  140. Jose Says:

    Imroz Buksh’s post, his knowledge of the said issues in the village and especially this statement;

    “The Aunt and Nephew opposition group is also well known to us all.”

    This indicates that Imroz Buksh is actually a Fijian man using an Indian name to hide the fact that he is a native. Check it out.
    You trying to incite and exacerbate hostilities between the races, you low down low life.

  141. Adi Kaila Says:

    Hi aubatinuku-N

    o la qori na kaisi maina vola ya viti siga – kila tiko? io – okoya e vavuna na kautani ni kaivalagi i matai – liumuri levu – erau cakacaka vata.

    okoya me lako mada lai masu va cici ki macawa.

    Kua sara ni sauma nona volavola – na vacacalevu mai via vakatekivuna eke. Na viavia vateratera, luveni qala lekaleka.

  142. IslandBoy Says:

    When the Gone Marama Bale first put herself forward as an SDL candidate there were four other candidates on the same slate including her nephew Ro Vilive. The other candidates were welcome to campaign in all of the villages throughout the Rewa delta, the Suva peninsula and the island of Beqa without any traditional cultural sanctions whatsoever.

    There has never been any confusion in the minds of rank and file Rewans between her role as our paramonut chief and paramount chief of the Burebasaga confederacy and her political affiliation.

    In my village, one of the furthest from Nausori, located very close to the mouth of the Rewa river near the beach Mataisuva there has been piped water for 60 odd years, so that contention is wrong.

    We also have electricity and many of us are challenging provincial officials about the desirability of a road to our villages because of the possible detrimental environmnetal effects on one of the largest mangrove swamps in the South Pacific.

    It is our Gone Marama Bale who encourages us to examine all the variables that affect us and we take her lead and heed her words of advice, regarding appropirate forms of development for our ecosystems and cultural environments.

    To say that she is rich and her people are poor means that the speaker has no idea about the standard of living in the delta. Some Sunday afternoon, take a drive on the circular road and go past the villages you can see in Noco, Burebasaga and especially Dreketi.

    The rest of us Rewans refer to people from Dreketi with respect and not a little envy. O ira na wekaqu mai Dreketi na kawa ni yalo matua. Era dau mamaroroi, e levu na nodra i yau, dau qavaraki na nodra i tovo. You will see a clerical officer level worker with a nice three bedroom house, water tanks for emergencies, a sky dish on the roof and land phone lines.

    Come to the villages on the island of Toga on Sunday for church and see our old bubus bring their tithe. Never less than $100 = 10% per month, na udulo tiko vi ratou na buqu mai Toga, sa yaga na volitaki senikau ena vi vula. The old direct FJ service to Auckland from Luvuluvu overbooked tu ga when its Ellerslie flower show time in AKL. Segai tale na vaqara icili, otela sara tiko ga o Bu Tavaita. Wide screen Sony Bravia kei na washing machine cash taki vi Courts, ni ra dau cata na dinau.

    Try going to the Nakorovou roundabout, the double storey houses with the tinted sliding doors belong to Suva based professionals, not poverty stricken ignorant downtrodden masses. Very sorry to all, if it sounds like I’m boasting about my relatives, but the picture painted here by certain parties is just plain wrong, so I must defend my province and my GMB.

    But all of the material gains we may have achived are due solely to her steadfast faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and her guidance that has enriched our spiritual lives.

    At no time have we ever been passive onlookers and have addressed the Roko Tui Dreketi in our traditional forms of communication when we are of the considered opinion that something maybe amiss.

    It is obvious that those who would presume to speak about her have no inkling about the mettle and substance of which our beloved warrior queen is composed. She does not need fawning attendance and demands truth and transparency of herself first and her kinsmen.

    Never has the vanua of Rewa been on such solid footing, united behind our paramount chief. Those who spoke to the military delegation and the Bainimarama brothers lied.

    But you need not take my word for it. Come to any village in the delta and engage our people in conversation, we are extremely confident of our truth and nothing anyone says can sway us.

  143. IslandBoy Says:

    @LUVfiji – I don’t think he is marama nite. Sounds like he is very ill informed or is deliberately choosing to believe an obvious lie. In either case, vakaloloma dina saraga na nona bula.

    But never mind him baby love, in Honolulu with Tavale next week, do you want flat or fitted sheets?

    And I’m still waiting for you to send me the pillow that you dream on, so honey I can dream on it too, while I match it with the rest of the bed linen.

    BTW heard a John Michael Montgomery (???) song, reminded me of you, the refrain went something like this:

    Strong and Wild
    Slow and Easy
    Heart and Soul
    So Completely
    I Love the Way You Love Me!!!!

    (Au wele tiko baci visagai mai, vinaka ni sa rawa tiko kina nomuni dredre)

  144. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Bula vinaka IB, thank you for your above post, you took the words right out my mouth. Dredre tiko na i tosotoso i yasana qo, ia e sa rawa tiko vakamalua e vica na ka, levu sara ga na kena meca, which is to be expected. 🙂 I just want to let you know that I personally draw strength from your words of wisdom. Loloma bibi! God Bless you and yours.

  145. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Sorry for the digress folks!

    @ IB – Noqu i to dredre, below are exact words from a blog brought to my attention of a certain LAVENIA MOTEA of Rewa and I am putting this on here for the record.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Quote:
    “I have already explained my interest on the topic. The elders agree with you when you said that you are the suwai ni cakacaka nei Roko Tui Dreketi and no one questions your alliegence to the Roko Tui Dreketi. The elders in Rewa also concur with you, that you are trully not related to the Vunivalu Clan – The Mataitini family. However, if you are the suwai ni cakacaka to the RTD how come you lay claim to the Vunivalu Title – ironic indeed. What I learned from the elders of Lomanikoro, that Rewa has two paramount Chiefs of equal powers and authority, From NLC – RTD was a title bestowed while the Vunivalu is the Taukei ni Vanua. They are related by blood and respect and acknolwdge one another as chiefs- veivakamemenei. Ro Saunalewa daughter of RTD Ro Banuve married Ro Peceli Naimusudroka the Vunivalu of Rewa as published in the Dairies of William Cross the missionary. By the way Ro Banuve was the RTD that accepted Christianity in Rewa. Missionaries do record the truth. 3rd story next”
    End quote.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is in support of my previous posts on the matter, I don’t know about anybody else but my conscience tells me that this is a dangerous mix. What could be worse than an inside job sabotage?

    Please note where she says “that Rewa has 2 paramount chiefs of equal power & authority, from NLC”
    I am very sorry but I am just having a real tough time accepting that considering the fact that we were taught there is only ONE PARAMOUNT CHIEF of REWA. What is going on with NLC then?

    Au sa kerekere tiko i noqu i to dredre IB, if our GMB/RTD is not yet aware, if you would please bring this to her attention. Whatever the cost I stand by to provide further proof of this exchange through trusted sources.
    I am wondering if this IMROZ BUKSH is indeed ai TAUKEI like Jose is suggesting and few others have implied including me.
    The other thing is, perphaps Mr.Imroz Buksh was one of the 25…………….who will no doubt vakila na sau ni……………………

  146. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    Fijilive
    05 MAY 2008

    Help us build Fiji, PM urges media
    _____________________________________________________________

    Fiji’s interim PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today appealed to heads of Fiji’s media organisations to co-operate and assist his interim Government in rebuilding and moving the country forward.

    Bainimarama made the request at a meeting he called for Editors and executives of the mainstream media and the Chairman of the Fiji Media Council, Daryl Tarte.

    This comes amidst concerns raised by the media following the surprise deportation of Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah last Friday.

    The meeting was by invitation only from the interim Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister responsible for Information.

    Bainimarama said the purpose of the meeting is to allay fears that the interim Government is proceeding to exercise some control of the media.

    “As Prime Minister and Minister for Information, I would like to reiterate interim Government’s stand on media freedom as a Constitutional obligation of the State,” he said.

    I would like to restate the interim Government’s unwavering commitment of its constitutional obligation of Freedom of the Press and other media as enshrined in Section 30(b) of our Constitution.”

    “But with any freedom also comes responsibility. Partisan agendas, cultural insensitivity and deliberate distortions in media reporting can do untold damage to the fabric of a nation and indeed have unfortunate repercussions.

    “We believe that the media has a pivotal place in our country- and its role towards nation-building is critical.

    The interim Government, in a show of its commitment towards media and press freedom, values a relationship based on a healthy working rapport, transparency and accessibility and accountability.

    “We request the media to co-operate and assist us in rebuilding and moving the nation forward.”

    Bainimarama described the meeting as useful.

    Certain media heads were also positive about the meeting, according to interviews on local radio.

    The interim PM is expected to hold a similar meeting next month.

  147. Katalina Balawanilotu Says:

    The absence of tough questions levelled at Bainimarama is the clearest indication of media intimidation. Also disappointing is the lack of acknowledgement that his government had done gross injustices; violating Mr Hannah’s right to due process.

    Bau dua mada ga na apology lailai vei Mrs. Hannah; these people make me ashamed to be Fijian.

  148. Tui Says:

    Katalina, these people are Fijians but they worship a force that is evil. A force that comes to destroy and not build. A force that worships violence and drinks the blood of it’s innocent and hapless citizens. The Christian book tells us this force has many names, one of which is Satan. Other religions know and acknowledge his existence. This is the force that is running this country now. I totally agree with the Young Peoples Network, in that the people in the IG are demonic. No right thinking leader of any country would make it’s own people suffer to increase his wealth and power. They have such bad vibes they give you the creeps!

  149. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku-N – is there a way you can send me a personal e-mail though I don’t know how that would happen. I am very low tech.

    How can we correspond outside of SV?

    What site was Lavenia Motea writing on and who is she referring or responding to in her post?

    I think I know someone at the Provincial Council office who can bring this to the attention of the GMB. Sa segai beka ni wili na nodra vale o Ro Kali.

  150. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku-N. Read your post again, slowly this time and had a good laugh. If anyone anywhere tells you there is a another chief in Rewa of equal status to the Roko Tui Dreketi, just laugh.

    Dredre mo cegu noqu Lewa, o Motal sa leqa tiko beka na nona qabots.

    Very simple resolution. Ask the silly bitch to give you the name of a single Rewan, just one living soul, registered in the VKB who will publicly proclaim that the Vunivalu is of equivalent status to the RTD. Is this discussion over? I think so!

  151. Jose Says:

    @Tui. You’d better believe it. They are Luciferians. satan is their god. The character of satan as you can see in his human agents, the illegal interim members (not govt), is to turn everything that is good upside down. That is to break every aspects of God’s Law. satan see evil as good and good is evil. This creates chaos which is exactly the intention. So that it all becomes too painful that the population will accept any other government but these illegals.
    Having said that, all beware, the next government will surrender the power of state to the pope himself who is behind the scene in all of this. America once stood for Liberty when the pilgrims landed in America. They didn’t want a pope and they didn’t want a king after they fled the persecution and muder of millions of christians in Europe. They wanted liberty for all in America. But now, the pilgrims will turn in their graves if they knew what the presidents have done. They have given their power over to the beast. J.F. Kennedy did not sell out so he had to die.
    The mataca petero is sheep in wolf skin, right in the thick of this with catholic voreqe.

  152. aubatinuku-N Says:

    @ IB, I have in mind several ways that I can get in email contact with you……oilei, va tale tiko na Mossad na ka qo! 🙂

    E tubu mai na katakata nei Silly Bitch qo baleta ni sa yavala tiko gona o kimamu na katikati nei Ratu RoKali. Ratou sa saga na vanua me ratou tabonaki kitou tiko kina.

    No matter how much they try to suppress the truth, it will always rise and with the New Look GCC urgency bells ringing @ Muanitua/Lawedua Tai O Nasali, it should come as no surprise to any kai Rewa that Epeli Mataitini is pulling out all the stops to get installed as the Vunivalu of Rewa.
    Well, “IT WILL BE A COLD DAY IN HELL” before we can allow for that to even come anywhere close to happenning.
    Ratou sigai ni kila ni na vale i RoKali vata i RoVeni e dua ga na vitacini, o kitou na kai Toluga/Turaga Tolu, ratou a qai na nitou qase ni Nukunitabua ki Tavuki, Kadavu.
    We are all equal in the eyes of God and wait till you veiw this blog to see the lower levels certain people who watch our GMB/RTD everyday will stoop to justify their actions.
    This Lavenia Motea is kin to Banuve Kaumaitotoya and the Mataitinis, also let me add that they are related to the Bainimaramas through their Pickering side of the family.

  153. Kai Noda Says:

    aubatinuku-N and IB – sa rua na kai Rewa vilecayaki o kemudrau. Vitalia sara na yasai vuravura cava e da lai tiko kina, o Rewa ena dua tu ga.

    Drau taura matua na vivakavulici e caka vi keda qima.

    Segai vakadua, segai vakadua ni rawa ni dua na kai Rewa e kanaka ni volekata yani se sa lai tautauvata sara na nodrai tikotiko Vakaturaga na Gone Marama Bale Roko Tui Dreketi. E tabu. Sa yala kina.

  154. aubatinuku-N Says:

    @ Kai Noda – Vosota na wekaqu, au vakabauta ni cala na nomu vakasama baleti kirau vata i IB, e lasa vi au ni o kanaka ni kirau vilecayaki baleta ni kirau valataka tiko na dodonu kei na dina.

    Na nodatou GMB/RTD e sigai ni dua e rau tautauvata e Rewa, na nomu vosataki kirau mai, e sigai ni yaco baleta ni dua vata ga na ka tu kanaka tiko.

    E ra tiko e so e Lomanikoro, Rewa e ra sa kanaka tiko ni ra tautauvata na nodra kaukaua vata na nodatou GMB.
    Yalovinaka sara, au sa kerea mo wiliwili tale mada vaka vinaka ni bera ni o rukaki kirau mai.

    God Bless you my friend! 🙂

  155. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku-N. Made some quick calls and response to your earlier post re: the rightful Vunivalu as follows:

    1.

  156. aubatinuku-N Says:

    @ IB – Lol
    It’s a BLANK, I know! 🙂

  157. IslandBoy Says:

    @aubatinuku-N sorry something happened to cut me off last time.

    1. Only Lavenia Motea we could trace is the daughter of Veniasi who was the GMB’s running mate on the SDL ticket.

    2. Response from deep inside the Palace walls regarding Takei ni Vanua as follows: ” i vei sara mada na nodratou i bulubulu? O cei na nodratou tamata? Era tu ivei na lewe ni Vanua ra segai ni mai qarava na nodratou oga? Na ka qima la mai kerei tiko vi ira na GMB, sa ratou dranu vakaca.”

    3. Ka dina taucoko ni ra ciqoma na lotu o Ro Banuve, vakawati talega ki na Vunivalu o Ro Saunalewa, io me cava kina?

    4. Evidently the GMB is already very well aware of their shenanigans and the lies they told the Bainimarama brothers.

    5. FYI I hear someone really wants to know who you are and is making it their business to try and track you down?

    What is your website address?

    @Kai Noda – I appreciate the test and stand corrected as all protocols observed.

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