Well bloggers, the crack down continues, showing further signs of mass paranoia from the illegal junta. Sefafina, the Reporter who reported Charan Jeet Singh talking about Chodo being hand delivered his termination letter from Vore, which started our celebrations overthe weekend was taken into custody earlier today. SV asks if the report is true, then why take the Reporter? She is only the messenger and the person who should be taken into custody is Charan Jeet Singh. If he was making false allegations against Chodo, then he should be taken to task.
The Police have really shown their true colours instead of going after the person who made the statement, goes after the messenger to intimidate the media from reporting truths about the illegal junta’s actions. BTW, it took 8 tough Policeman to apprehend 1 woman armed with a ‘pen.’ The ‘pen’ is indeed mightier than the ‘gun.’ We at the SV Team will continue freedom blogging and are grateful to all the freedom bloggers for continuing to blog and keep their accountable. Keep reporting Serafina and we will keep blogging!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Fiji Media Council chairman Daryle Tarte has labelled the detainment of Fiji Times reporter Serafina Silaitoga as another blow to media freedom. It is very disturbing that after the interim Prime Minister has given the nation an undertaking that he upholds media freedom in Fiji journalists continue to be taken in for questioning by the police, he said. The latest incident when Ms Silaitogo was arrested by the Labasa police and questioned about an article regarding the interim Finance Minister is another blow to freedom of journalists to go about their work without the threat of police intimidation.
Individuals have a right to express opinions and the media has the responsibility to inform the public about such opinions provided of course they are within the bounds of the code of ethics and practice. Eight police officers early this morning visited Ms Silaitoga at her residence, taking her into custody for questioning over the article that was published in yesterdays Fiji Times.
Ms Silaitoga refused to provide a statement to police unless her legal representative was present with her while she was in custody. She was released at around midday today by Labasa Police. Police spokesperson Ema Mua denied that the directive was given by Police Commissioner Commodore Esala Teleni, despite Labasa Police officers claiming the directive came from their superiors.