today the Fiji Daily Post dedicated its entired editorial towards apologising to the judiciary and therefore caving into the illegal interim government and that arse of an AG’s demands. While they maybe in a tight spot, the question we may ask is when will the so called “Fourth Estate” be man enough to draw a line in the sand and say it as it is instead of complying to the selfish demands of these illegal bunch of thieves who stole power through the barrel of a gun?
If the media are not game enough to do it we will say it at Solivakasama that there are certain members of the judiciary who are a bunch of low down selfish self serving scums. People like Justice Shameem, Justice Gates, Justice Pathik, Justice Scuts, Byrnes and Justice Mataitoga. The do not deserve the word ‘justice” placed next to their name at all.
Read on the pathetic apology in today’s Daily POst.
WE acknowledge that if Fiji is to move forward, all of us will need to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law, honour the offices of President and Chief Justice and Prime Minister under the Constitution, and value the objectivity of our judiciary.This general underlying respect is non-negotiable and fundamental to our citizenship. And it is especially incumbent upon us to acknowledge this at such times as we may put forward in the public sphere our disagreements with specific views and judgments made by those persons who lawfully occupy these offices at any given time.
With this understanding, we completely acknowledge a failure on 17 October this year (2008) in the management of our role as public transmitter of the attitudes and views of citizens in relation to the High Court decision affecting the constitutionality and legality of the present government.
This breakdown occurred in the editorial process of vetting, checking and revising a submission to our ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. We take full responsibility for publishing a letter by Mr Vili Navukitu (from Australia) and we confess that it either should not have appeared at all or, at the very least, not in its published form.
While the letter-writer appeared to have written it in good faith, we apologise to our readers and to the subjects of the letter for insufficiently editing the writer’s comments to allow his concerns to be read and heard in words that were less inflammatory and which did not insult the good reputation of our nation’s key political and judicial institutions.
It was our failure as a newspaper in giving insufficient attention to how that letter would be interpreted and what its consequences would be, that have now put us in a difficult position with the government and especially our judiciary.
We ask forgiveness in this oversight; we have never sought and never will intentionally be party to any material which slurs Fiji’s judiciary. In saying this, we do not wish to discourage free speech which is fair comment. Indeed, we will continue to invite letters from the public which, although written from the heart, do not allow the aforesaid offices of our system of government to be held up to ridicule.
We would also like it known that while the Fiji Daily Post does not excuse its staff for the oversight that brought this letter to publication; neither do we condemn them to dismissal or termination.
Rather, we acknowledge that their tasks in considering and publishing ‘Letters to the Editor’ and other opinion pieces in our current polarised political climate can be extremely difficult. It is not them, but we who take responsibility for this error for putting the newspaper in a tough position.
By making this public apology and explanation of our shortcoming in this matter, we do not wish to excuse ourselves for our oversight in any way, but we do ask that those aggrieved by the publication of the letter will extend merciful consideration to our failure and accept our ongoing commitment to good citizenship, and to reinforcing faith in Fiji’s system of government and to its constitutionality.
And here is the leter that has caused all this commotion. You read and be the judge. We have placed our reaction in blue next to it.
A dark day in the annals of Fiji’s Judiciary and legal history was brought about by the totally biased corrupt and self preservation judgement handed down by Anthony Gates, John Byrnes and Davendra Pathik in the Qarase vs Bainimarama case of Thursday 9/10/2008. And that is so true, even a class two student would know that the people of Fiji have been taken for a ride big time by some self serving judges and Gates should not have heard the case himself (conflict of interest) given he was appointed by the military dictatorship and is in no placed to hear the case. After all, without the said 2006 coup he would not have been chief justice.
I do not know Qarase nor am I a member of the SDL but I know when an injustice has been committed and I believe that the injustice in this case must be condemned by all law abiding citizens.
This case in my view was not about Qarase and his party no this case was about our hope for Fiji’s future and the rule of law to triumph over unlawfulness. Hear hear you old judicial farts!!!
The President Iloilo has not only failed the ordinary people of Fiji but the Great Council of Chiefs who appointed him. Yeah what more can we say???
The judiciary was tainted from the day Justice Daniel Fatiaki was forcefully removed and Anthony Gates unashamedly usurped his position. And that is the truth, what was untruthful about this statement???
Gates efforts to legalise the immunity is laughable given that the immunity was designed to protect him also. Need we say more???
Thank you Qarase and keep up the good fight against oppression, tyranny and injustice. Right on Vili!!!
Vili Navukitu AUSTRALIA
Copyright © 2007, Fiji Daily Post
Are we speaking different languages here but reading what has been said about this letter and than reading the said letter, either my English is so way off the mark or am I getting it so wrong here? This whole shit fight translates to something very simple here.
I look at a a bowl of apples and can see that it is Apples, then some arsehole call Aiyarse comes into my House uninvited, points a gun at my head and says, “no that’s not apples, that’s a bowl of guava.
I am then forced to make the choice and say it is a bowl of guava and go free or I say, no it’s apples and he pulls the trigger. Freaking moron!!!
Okay big Aiyarse, are you going to throw us in jail now or shutdown WordPress? Come on tough boy, do something. You don’t look tough now huh???
God save Fiji for nothing shall save these illegal bunch of thieves!