Freedom of speech ‘not’ for Fiji: coup leader Piggy Bhainimarama

April 15, 2009
Article from: Australian Associated Press

FIJI’S coup leader Frank Bainimarama believes freedom of speech causes trouble and must be curbed to allow the military government to do its work.

In an attempt to justify tough restrictions on local and international media reporting of recent political upheaval in the island nation, Commodore Bainimarama said he did not like to hear opposition to his plans.

“We want to come up with these reforms and the last thing we want to do is have opposition to these reforms throughout,” he told Radio New Zealand today.

“So that is the reason we’ve come up with the emergency regulations.”

His comments follow Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s rejection of Australia’s criticism of the purge of Fiji’s judiciary.

“The new judges will be just as independent as the old judges,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told The Australian.

Commodore Bainimarama has assumed greater power in recent days after the abrogation of the constitution following a Court of Appeal ruling that his Government was illegal.

An information vacuum exists after he imposed severe coverage restrictions on local media and expelled all Australian and New Zealand journalists from the country.

Asked about every country’s need to have open and free discussions, Commodore Bainimarama said: “Not in Fiji”.

“The circumstances have changed,” he said.

“We (the government) now decide what needs to be done for our country.”

He said freedom of speech had caused trouble in the past and was the reason for the political upheaval in the past few days.

“That was how we came up with what has happened in the last few days,” he said.

One of three Australian judges who last week ruled Fiji’s military Government was illegal said Commodore Bainimarama was not worried about making the nation a pariah state.

Ian Lloyd, who has returned to Australia, said the state of affairs boded ill for ordinary Fijians.

“We’re very, very sad that these actions have occurred now and it beckons very badly for the people of Fiji,” he told ABC TV.

***There he goes again, just because  the self appointed illegal pm cannot string a sentence together he has to gag the rest of us, oh man, ole piggy should sit mada on that finger he’s forever pointing  (norchi) and spin va’a lailai, it may rearrange whatever brain cells (huh) he may have and allow the cloud to lift then maybe, just maybe (we could be so damn lucky)  a bit of reasoning, yes reasoning,  not seasoning cebo, we’re not making a junglee kari here, to register so he can realise (?) the folly of his recalcitrant, demonic ways & restore Fiji to the way it used to be, a wonderful democratically governed Island Nation where love of family, peace and prosperity for everyone was paramount in our lives.

Give one bipolar pig a bit of responsibility and the whole scheme of things is shot to hell. This is what happens when a two bit piece of shit is allowed power, he thinks he is a big time wheeler dealer captain of industry, bloody ignorant potentate, iye mai aso!

31 Responses to “Freedom of speech ‘not’ for Fiji: coup leader Piggy Bhainimarama”

  1. Asgrocky Says:

    @the banana
    When you are dead and gone who is going to protect your children and grandchildren from the people? Have you thought about that?

  2. Asgrocky Says:

    Vinaka Rukunibaka, very interesting.

    Rukunibaka Says:
    April 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

    What? Seems like I hit a raw nerve with Bud when I mentioned that the the deaths of Indian parliamentary rights and ALTA places all Indians in dire straits thanks to Mahen supporting this illegal junta.

    Bud, first of all go and study the Constitution before you want to tangle with the big boys in this forum.Find out what ALTA is, where it is (was) and what it means to all the Indian cane farmers in Fiji.

    Just in case you don’t know, Fijians own all the lands under the corrupt ALTA. I kid you not, they are very happy that this corrupt Act is gone from the constitution because it should not have been there in the first place. How corrupt Fiji has become by giving tenant Indians a constitutional right to the Taukei land assets.This is a crime that never happens anywhere else in the world.

    Fijians can now rightfully kick the tenants off their land when the lease expires and better still charge them the going market lease rates for its existing improved capital value. Landowners are fed up of providing social welfare services for past government through very criminally cheap land lease arrangements to prop up the sugar industry and because the constitution requires so.

    When it comes to an elected parliament as it stood in Fiji under this constitution, there was always a threat that a foreign run government like the FLP would threaten Fijian interests.Fijians have all the resources in this country and they are better off without this constitution where the parliament can make laws that entangle them. Indians need parliament because their day to day survival depends on the whims of parliament to improve their lot..The majority own no real assets or resources.

    Fijians have not been screwed over by consecutive Fijian governments but by this type of constitution which restricts their members getting what they want. Now Voreqe can implement unopposed development for all Fijians without hindrance form the constitution and the dogs barking on the other side of the house.This is their country and they should be able to do what they want.

    To say that the GCC only exists in this constitution is showing your stupidity.Fijian chiefly structures have existed before this country was ceded to Britain, before Indians like you came here and will continue to exist long after you have gone.

    Getting rid of a GCC clause in the constitution does not mean the end of tribal leadership but getting rid of ALTA is the end of land security for Indians.

    And Bud, you forgot to comment on the extramarital affairs and corruption of your hero Mahen while he was PM.Remember the “Tea Lady” saga? An innocent tea lady lost her job because she told the truth about Mahen and his mistress having extramarital sex on the floor of the PM’s office. It he is unfaithful to his wife then when can understand why he was unfaithful to all the Indian people that voted for him and his party by breaking his parliamentary oath of allegiance to commit treason in joining the illegal interim.

    Thank heavens that unfaithful bastard was kicked out of parliament because he has ruined the chances of any other foreigner contemplating running for PM in this country. That experiment was a big mistake.

    Chaudary is a washed up politician and a failed leader. Any other leader in the world having failed winning two elections would have resigned long ago. He is still there because there are dumb asses like Budhau that blindly follow him because his head head is stuck firmly up Mahen’s rear end.

  3. Asgrocky Says:

    @ the banana
    Man makes slaves of man God created to be free.

  4. Budhau Says:

    Asgrocky, you idiot, this is what you wrote,
    “What? Seems like I hit a raw nerve with Bud when I mentioned that the the deaths of Indian parliamentary rights and ALTA places all Indians in dire straits thanks to Mahen supporting this illegal junta.

    Bud, first of all go and study the Constitution before you want to tangle with the big boys in this forum.Find out what ALTA is, where it is (was) and what it means to all the Indian cane farmers in Fiji.”

    You no school dumbass. Here let me tell you why this has nothing to do with the constitution.

    ALTA is a Statute – you know what that means. Secondly, it is a entrenched statute – I bet you have no idea wht the phuck that means – if means that you cannot change this statute with the simple majority vote as you can other statute. That is why when Qarase was trying to make the changes he needed the opposition votes.

    How ALTA cam into being was that in 1977, Mara was able to get a faction of the NFP, thus getting the required votes.

    Therefore this has nothing to do with the abrogation of the constitution.

    NOW..on that other hand, the GCC was initially created under the Fijian Affairs Act – however the incorporated the GCC into the constitution after the 1987 coup – the reason being that no future government can mess with the GCC – which they could have if it was still under the Fijian Affairs Act.

    You with me so far?

    When the constitution was abrogated, this did not affect the statutes, however, any thing that was under the constitution is gone.

    So, the GCC is gone, the ALTA stays. you get that – and you brought this up, not me – you dumbass.

    You wrote, “And Bud, you forgot to comment on the extramarital affairs and corruption of your hero Mahen while he was PM.”

    You don’t want me to start with that do you – should I go back as far as when the Tui Nayau was ambushed and killed on on of those Lauan island when he was caught messing around with the wife of the Vunivalu, or we can try and find out who Ratu Edwards father is, or Bune’s father for that matter, of the head of the GCC, Rabuka caught in the toilet.

    BTW – I have nothing against extra marrital affairs, whether a Ratu does, or MC, or Bill Clinton – actually, I am also on the look out for women here in this forum.

    It idiots like you who have this holier than thou attitude, and drop you pants the first chance you get.

    BTW – what he tea lady had said was that MC was siting too close to the journalist lady, not having sex on the floor – but even if he was – I say lucky old man.

    Asgrocky, I totally agree with you about the GCC and tribal leadership – all I am saying that this has no place in the constitution – if the GCC crowd were doing their job, providing the leadership, we wont be in this crap – but all the GCC is interested in is Money and Politics.

  5. Ben_St0ne Says:

    Sa yadra,
    Na veiletitaki ni Freedom of speech e sa dusia tiko vei keda na kena sa qai torosobu tiko ga na Gaunisala e dretaki keda sobu tiko kina o FB (codename ‘Kiuva’)……O Jiutasa e a volitaki Jisu en 30 na tiki ni siliva,ia o Voreqe e vakamatea na i lavo dinau tale tu…..chhhiiichhhii.

  6. Mai Tai Says:

    To curb freedom of speech is an act of absolute defiance of ones democratic right and a sign of worser things that lie in the horizon.

  7. Tuma Says:

    Since they were declared illegal shouldn’t those appointed during that period return all benefits accorded to them. Its only right since they received it illegally……..

  8. Asgrocky Says:

    Bhudau, look closely you old heap of crap. I put it up there for reading as it was in the last post and was going to fade away with out anyone responding to it. The new order is not for people like you trapped in your own old filthy memories.
    Out with the old heap of crap and in with the new blood. I’s old crones like you that fill the young with your heap of shitty thoughts. You have a lot of old evil crammed into your mind. Is that what you do for a hobby, storing eveybody’s shits to crap it later. You ancient bag of filth belong to the past. Too rotten.

  9. Budhau Says:

    Asgrocky – you dumbass, learn to figure out what the scope of the discussion is – you cannot throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into every fricken discussion.

    Here, we had you claiming that because the constitution is gone, with that goes ALTA.

    I explained to you why ALTA, being a statute has not gone with the abrogation, however, the GCC which is a creature of the post 1987 constitution is gone due to the abrogation.

    This is nothing about whether you support the coup, or you oppose it. These are some simple facts.

    So if a dumbass like you goes “hehehehe, you Indians, the ALTA is gone because of the abrogation, well guess what, it ain’t so.

    Now, if you have got that through your thick head, may be we can move on to something else. BTW – if for some reason some landowners do not want to lease their land, it is their choice. The law requires that a certain percentage of the land owners must approve an land lease, and if they withhold that consent, no land is leased. They went that route in 2000, and with all all those expiring leases that were no renewed, who lost out – it is a lose/lose situation.

    As for the past, this discussion was about how ALTA came into being – and I told how – now you, like some others, start bitching about the fact that I live in the past – dude, I know my history, I suggest you learn yours.

    Have a nice day, BTW you not one of those dumbasses who got the FAB scholarship because of your connections, while some poor, smart, rural Fijian lost out.

  10. Asgrocky Says:

    Budhau look closely again at the post you old heap of crap. That’s the problem when you try to tell something to this old timer, he’s lost in his own chaotic mind full of crap he’s collected over the years. Everything he talks about are old crap.

  11. Budhau Says:

    Asgrocky, you dumbass, you going in circles with that heap of crap.
    BTW – what makes you think I am old timer – just because because I know my history.
    Secondly you show us that you are a prejudiced SOB, with your hatred for Indians and now that old timer stereotype.

    You see Asgrocky – you are just a prejudiced SOB, so who else to hate or have these stereotypes about. If that is how you feel, than maybe you should let that old fart Qarase out to pasture.

    As a general rule, the less educated a person is, the more prejudiced.

  12. Asgrocky Says:

    Bhudau, that’s somebody’s opinion. The issue is our space has been invaded. And something needs to be done about it.

  13. Budhau Says:

    Asgrocky – you idiot – Everything in here is someone’s opinion.

    And when you say “our” space, who do you include in this “our” – that us versus them mentality – that is what “they” are trying to change.
    “this is our space”, “we have a god given right to rule this place”, “put the Indians on a boat” etc.

    You see how YOU are part of the problem in Fiji.

    You want to do some something – go do something about the squatters, the poverty, go ask why the Fijians are poor, go ask where all the money earmarked for them went – there that is something you can do.

    The bogey man ain’t ain’t your enemy, the enemy is within.

  14. Rukunibaka Says:

    Budhau is such a thick-headed dimwit. Why attack Asgrocky when the article belongs to me? This just shows the type of half pie bush lawyer you are i.e. 99% guesswork and .01% research.

    Budhau, you are now exhibiting what a damn ignorant idiot you really are. I told you not to try and rumble with the big boys in this forum if you have the brain the size of a mustard seed. I hate to insult other people’s intelligence but for you I will damn gladly do it…nutcase. Now listen.

    You say that ALTA is an entrenched statute but you don’t mention how and where is it entrenched? Guess what dumb phuck?? It is included the Compact (italics).

    Chapter 1, s2 (1) states that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. If any law of the land (i.e. including a statute) is inconsistent with the constitution then it is invalid to the extent of that inconsistency.

    The Compact, chapter 2, s6 states that the people of the Fiji Islands recognise that, within the framework of this Constitution and the other laws of the State, the conduct of government is based on the following principles:

    7.-(1) the principles referred to in s6 are non-justiciable, except to the extent that they are made the subject of other provisions of this Constitution or of a law made under this Constitution.

    That entrenchment is in s185 (2) of the Constitution – Group Rights (italics).

    (2) A Bill that alters the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act:
    (a) must be expressed as a Bill for an Act to alter that Act; and
    (b) must not be presented for the President’s assent unless:
    (i) it has been read 3 times in each House and motions for the second and third readings are carried in each House; and
    (ii) at its third reading it is supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of the members of each House and, in the case of the Senate, by the votes of at least 9 of the 14 members of the Senate appointed under paragraph 64(1)(a).
    (3) The President must not assent to a Bill referred to in this section unless it is accompanied by a certificate of the Secretary-General to Parliament certifying that, in relation to the particular House, the approval required by this section has been given.
    The above excerpts prove that ALTA is in the constitution and it cannot be altered in another way or form. The gist of this whole issue is constitutional form.

    The key word in Rt Iloilo’s statement is “abrogation”.

    The abrogation of the constitution means that ALTA is dead….i.e. disappeared…i.e. no longer existing. In fact every other single act of parliament and every other legal law of the land including the constitution existing up to the date of the abrogation no longer exists in its legal form….COMPREHENDE!!…PHUCKWIT!!

    The illegal regime may resurrect some form of legal order but it will all be illegal. If a decree similar to ALTA would be included then it too will be illegal because its form will have been changed given that it has no constitutional basis.

    To say that when the constitution is abrogated only some laws contained the constitution no longer exists such as the GCC section whilst ALTA survives is the ramblings of a dumb phucker.

    Now that you mentioned that there is nothing wrong with extramarital affairs sums up what a loopy nut we are dealing with. There is no denying that BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER because all of the illegal junta including Mahen have displayed a trait of disloyalty to their wives and country.

    Hey Budhau, pull you head out Mahen’s rear bin and smell the roses. My advice to others conversing with this idiot comes from Colin Powell. If you play with the pig, the pig will have fun but you only cover yourself in mud.

  15. Rukunibaka Says:

    Budhau is such a thick-headed dimwit. Why attack ‘Asgrocky’ when the article belongs to me? This just shows the type of half pie bush lawyer you are i.e. 99% guesswork and .01% research.

    Budhau, you are now exhibiting what a damn ignorant idiot you really are. I told you not to try and rumble with the big boys in this forum if you have the brain the size of a mustard seed. I hate to insult other people’s intelligence but for you I will damn gladly do it…nutcase. Now listen.

    You say that ALTA is an entrenched statute but you don’t mention how and where is it entrenched? Guess what dumb phuck?? It is included the Compact

    Chapter 1, s2 (1) states that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. If any law of the land (i.e. including a statute) is inconsistent with the constitution then it is invalid to the extent of that inconsistency.

    The Compact,
    Chapter 2, s6 states that the people of the Fiji Islands recognise that, within the framework of this Constitution and the other laws of the State, the conduct of government is based on the following principles:
    (a) the rights of all individuals, communities and groups are fully
    respected;
    (b) the ownership of Fijian land according to Fijian custom, the
    ownership of freehold land, and the rights of landlords and
    tenants under leases of agricultural land are preserved;

    7.-(1) the principles referred to in s6 are non-justiciable, except to the extent that they are made the subject of other provisions of this Constitution or of a law made under this Constitution.

    That entrenchment is in s185 (2) of the Constitution – Group Rights.
    (2) A Bill that alters the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act:
    (a) must be expressed as a Bill for an Act to alter that Act; and
    (b) must not be presented for the President’s assent unless:
    (i) it has been read 3 times in each House and motions for the second and third readings are carried in each House; and
    (ii) at its third reading it is supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of the members of each House and, in the case of the Senate, by the votes of at least 9 of the 14 members of the Senate appointed under paragraph 64(1)(a).
    (3) The President must not assent to a Bill referred to in this section unless it is accompanied by a certificate of the Secretary-General to Parliament certifying that, in relation to the particular House, the approval required by this section has been given.

    The above excerpts prove that ALTA is in the constitution and it cannot be altered in another way or form. The gist of this whole issue is legal constitutional form.

    The key word in Rt Iloilo’s statement is “abrogation”.

    The abrogation of the constitution means that ALTA is dead….i.e. disappeared…i.e. no longer existing. In fact every other single act of parliament and every other legal law of the land including the constitution existing up to the date of the abrogation no longer exists in its legal form….COMPREHENDE!!…PHUCKWIT!!

    The illegal regime may resurrect some form of legal order but it will all be illegal. If a decree similar to ALTA would be included then it too will be illegal because its form will have been changed given that it has no constitutional basis.

    To say that when the constitution is abrogated only some laws contained the constitution no longer exists such as the GCC section whilst ALTA survives is the ramblings of a dumb phucker.

    Now that you mentioned that there is nothing wrong with extramarital affairs sums up what a loopy nut we are dealing with. There is no denying that BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER because all of the illegal junta including Mahen have displayed a trait of disloyalty to their wives and country.

    Hey Budhau, pull you head out Mahen’s rear bin and smell the roses. My advice to others conversing with this idiot comes from Colin Powell. If you play with the pig, the pig will have fun but you only cover yourself in mud.

  16. Asgrocky Says:

    That’s what I was trying to tell you Bhudau, you old croak. Try filling your head with new and fresh young ideas instead of the old crap you feel your head with. Goodness, you are lost in yourself most of the time. Grow up. We lost you 20 years ago.

  17. groggymaster Says:

    With the abrogation of the constitution, all laws and constitutional offices went out with it.
    For Frank to govern (or pretend to govern), he has to activate all of the necessary Acts by way of dictatorial decrees, which survive as long as he is in effective control.
    So technically if the constitution is dead so is ALTA.

  18. Grace Says:

    Gosh I really thought Voceke Bainivuaka was fighting corruption, yeah right.

    He is actually setting up a situation where corruption is more likely to thrive because of Silencing the Media.

    As a result, Fiji will in veritably slide deeper into becoming a failed state where poverty is more likely to become widespread.

    He runs around making decisions without even thinking about the people of Fiji.

    Devaluation of the Fiji dollar is a great start mate.
    Frank do you really think that people are going to drop everything and travel to Fiji yeah right…..think again dude

    Yes Fiji used to be the favourite holiday destination for Australians before the 2007 Military Coup… not America, not England, not Canada…Australia that’s right……

    Not anymore though

    There is a High Degree of Travel warning for Australians to Travel to Fiji:
    http://www.smartraveller.gov.au

    • We advise you to exercise caution in Fiji due to the unresolved political situation and deterioration in the rule of law following the December 2006 military coup.

    • Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.

    • On 9 April 2009, a Fijian court ruled that the interim Government, which was installed after the 2006 military coup, is illegal and elections should be held. Subsequently, Fiji’s President declared that he was abrogating the Constitution and would appoint a new interim government. He has also decreed a set of Public Emergency Regulations, which give the police and military extensive powers. These developments have increased political uncertainty in Fiji.

    • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Suva due to the unresolved political situation in Fiji. The current political uncertainty could lead without warning to an outbreak of violence and civil unrest, in particular in and around Suva.

    • You should avoid demonstrations, street rallies and public gatherings as such events could result in civil disorder.

    • You should avoid military installations, military activity and concentrations of military personnel around Suva.

    • Actions taken by the military and other government organizations since the coup have undermined the protections ordinarily afforded by the rule of law and have affected the interests and welfare of Australians in some instances.

    • There have been reports of increases in violent crime. Expatriates and tourists have been targeted, particularly in Suva. You should maintain a high degree of personal security awareness.

  19. Asgrocky Says:

    Thank you Rukunibaka and groggymaster for sharing. I live outside of Fiji and information on our land laws interest me. Especially so now that there’s no law. How safe is the indigenous landownership? I know that might sound silly but these days anything can happen especially as the banana is trying to sell out his own country and people in favour of others.

  20. Budhau Says:

    Rukunibaka,

    What I said was that unlike a regular statute, ALTA is a entrenched statute, which means that there are certain different requirements for how such a legislation can be altered. ALTA is not a creature of the Constitution. The constitution defines how an entrenched statute may be changed. That is section 185 of the constitution. Not all the crap that you cut and pasted in here.

    Title of section 185 of our constitution is Alteration of certain Acts – do you get this, you dumbass. It is stating how these statutes may be altered.
    You are arguing that when the constitution was abrogated the ALTA is gone, I am same not so. I am right.

    Besides section 185, the rest of the section that you quoted are irrelevant to this discussion.

    You wrote, “The key word in Rt Iloilo’s statement is “abrogation”.
    And somehow from that you deduced that “The abrogation of the constitution means that ALTA is dead….i.e. disappeared…i.e. no longer existing. In fact every other single act of parliament and every other legal law of the land including the constitution existing up to the date of the abrogation no longer exists in its legal form….COMPREHENDE!!…PHUCKWIT!!”

    Wow, all that yelling, does that somehow make you more convincing.?
    Here dude, this is the law in Fiji regarding all the legislation except the Constitution:

    “The Existing Laws in force immediately before the 10th day of April 2009 shall continue in force and shall be read with such modifications, adaptations, qualifications and exceptions as may be necessary.
    “Existing Laws” means all written laws (other than the Constitution Amendment Act 1997) in force in the Republic of the Fiji Islands immediately before the 10th day of April, 2009, and shall include all Promulgations, subsidiary legislation, and other Decrees or Declarations made between 5th December 2006 and 10th April 2009.”

    Now, do you get it – that ALTA is alive and well…. COMPREHENDE!!…PHUCKWIT!!”

    Your next argument is that everything the regime does will “all be illegal”. Well, we will see about that, we have had coups before, we have had abrogation of the constitution before, the ATLA has survived since 1977. What constitutional basis did it have to survive 1987, or the purported abrogation of the constitution in 2000.

    You wrote, “To say that when the constitution is abrogated only some laws contained the constitution no longer exists such as the GCC section whilst ALTA survives is the ramblings of a dumb phucker.”

    You dumb phuck – what I said was everything that was in the constitution is gone, other legislation survives. Its not practical to just say everything goes. Even in the Qarase case, the judges said that even though the appointment was illegal, they did not declare every law made since than as illegal.

    As for the GCC, that is created by the Fijian Affairs Act, and as far as that is concerned, that part stays.
    Besides, the Bose Levu Vakaturaga has, in addition to the functions set out in the Fijian Affairs Act, the functions conferred on it under this Constitution. Those functions of the GCC is gone. After the 1987 coup, they wanted this constitutional role of the GCC – now that is gone. BTW, I am of the opinion that the GCC should be kept out of the new constitution.

    If you find extra-marital sex so repulsive, why have you guys as a culture put up with this crap for so long. You want to go find out how many illegitimate children do those chiefs have, and how many conflicts there were when someone’s wife was screwing around with another man. All those talk about soldiers wives, when the boys are away.
    Listen guy, extra-marital sex is a fact of life – you can google the statistics. The point I am making is hypocrites like you, who would be more than willing to drop their pants any time, by go around with the bible thumping crowd – and when caught, the line is “I have sinned”.

    Fricken idiots, how about the Chairman of the GCC, and married man and a lay preacher, screwing another women in the toilet of some golf club? On Bill Clinton –“I did not have sex with that woman”, or with Paula Jones or Jennifer Flowers – I still think that Clinton was one of the best presidents that the US had in recent times. So, MC was sitting too close to some journalist woman and that is evil, because the tea lady says so and who had a motive to say so.

    Now, which part of the above do you disagree with – or like everyone else in here, once I kick your arse, you start the name calling shit.

    Grogmaster – your remark, “With the abrogation of the constitution, all laws and constitutional offices went out with it.”

    I hope the above explains it.

  21. senijiale Says:

    lol @ Bud. Ok, so great men weren’t without flaws, well, so is Qarase.

    @ Groggymaster – I’m inclined to agree with Bud, that ALTA is still alive… and so is the Constitution, technically?

  22. Grace Says:

    Latest news in regards to this topic:

    “Foreign media can ‘see normal Fiji for themselves’

    By correspondent Kerri Ritchie and staff

    Posted 17 minutes ago

    Fiji’s interim government says foreign journalists are welcome to visit the country, as long as they report accurately and responsibly on what they see.

    Three foreign journalists, including veteran ABC reporter Sean Dorney, have been expelled from the country and strict media censorship has been imposed.

    Major Neumi Leweni has put out a press release saying international media should come to Fiji to see for themselves that life in the country is moving on as normal.

    “The Government and the people of Fiji are together making significant changes for the better,” he said.

    In the release he says journalists must put in a visa application to the Permanent Secretary for Information stating when and why they want to visit.

    He says applications will be endorsed based on how the person has reported on Fiji in the past.

    The applications are then forwarded to the Director of Immigration, who will process them in accordance with normal immigration procedures.

    Major Leweni said it is the current practice in any other country that foreign journalists who breach their visa conditions are asked to leave the country.

    “Fiji is no exception,” he said.

    “Journalists who have been deported because they breached the visa conditions would not be allowed back into the country.”

    Major Leweni could not be contacted on his mobile.

  23. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    It is clear that the information vacuum created by our military dictatorship is rivaled only by the vacuum that is evident in the brains of Frank Bainimarama and his stooge Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

    You need only read their latest pronouncements to the foreign media to see that.

    There’s no need for other nations to condemn what’s happen in Fiji when Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum are doing such a good job of condemning themselves out of their own mouths,

    For example, Sayed-Khaiyum’s bold assertion that everything in Fiji is “normal” would have us rolling around in stitches if the awful truth was not so deadly serious.

    Doesn’t he realize that his audience is the well-educated populations of countries where there is no restriction on freedom of information, and that they have seen with their own eyes what is really happening in Fiji?

    And our dictator’s blunt admission that “the emergency regulation is specifically being placed for the media” is another no-brainer.

    Apart from his appalling English, the dictator is demonstrating to the entire world that the old axiom is indeed true: the pen is indeed mightier, much mightier, than the sword.

  24. Relax Man Says:

    I for one support this media regulation, sa rui levu na kakase, o ira ga na qauri, vakasalelewa ra dau kakase, sa rui levu na qauri, poofter ena site qo!!!

  25. Asgrocky Says:

    Relax man, what about your no discrination stand and equal rights for all. You realising somethings now you lame twit.

  26. Dau Says:

    I sit back in amusement as I read the differing opinions on Media Freedom. Lets face it, the media is one of the basic tools of capitalism. Its manulative and very creative; its a fine tuned art which unfortunately can ruin or make a nation. The bottom line is the dollar, of course thats not a sin and its a basic fuction of democracy. The worrying thing is the consequences. However, keep it up guys I thoroughly enjoy the entertaining and creative aspect of your blogs, after all its freedom of expression, thank you SV for printing these livewire comments.

  27. Budhau Says:

    Freedom of speech/expression is not an absolute right. They restrict speech all the time.

    In case of Fiji, one has to look at the circumstances when you attempt to scrutinize the government action – whether you agree or not with the present regimes decisions and actions.

    We are sitting on a powder keg, and it does not matter how we got there – the fact stiff remains that this could blow anytime. This regime has a compelling objective, that is to prevent things from getting out of hand, and to achieve that objective, it is necessary to impose restrictions on the media.

    What we should be concerned about is that those restrictions should be as narrowly tailored as possible and for and should be lifted as the sitution improves.

    Anytime a constitution is abrogated, and we have a sizable population that is opposed to such action, there is always a need for regulations such as what we have now – it happened in 1987 and 2000 and it is happening now. It is the same in other parts of the world.

    One should also note that we now have alternative channels, such as this website, which we did not have in 1987 and 2000

    The actions of this regime is a lot more subdued than what we had in the past. In 2000, they had abolished the supreme court, and two very reputable Fijian judges were involved with the abrogation. This time around, they have brought back all the courts and now they are in the process of appointing the judges. In 1987 Rabuka had jailed the judges, we have not seem anything like that, this time around – sure there many have been some intimidation.

    Just remember, any outbreak of violence and this thing could go on for generations – as we have seen in other parts of the world. People like Nostradamus in here and few other idiots have been advocating such violence – some are very subtle about it.

    I think the situation is Fiji has not reached a point where people would or should be willing to lay their lives for it. If this military is pushed, they will go down fighting.

    There has to be be a political solution for this problem – the court will not resolve this and neither would some rebel militia taking on this army.

    I see that folks are now talking about Democracy – well keep going, how about Equal Protection (other races, gender, gays etc), Substantive Due Process, Freedom of Expression, Separation of Church and State, with similar clauses as the Establishment clause and the Free Exercise clause as they are in constitution of some other countries, free and fair elections, need based affirmative action and so on, fundamental rights that may include the freedom of choice.

    ..and then there is that thing about “all men are created equal” (them Indians too)

    Great ideas for the for the next constitution.

  28. hope Says:

    I’m wondering if you can re-post that prophecy by Steve Perry. Thank you.

  29. Jose Says:

    hope
    Forget Steve Perry. His prophecy has no basis. The situation in Fiji at that time was predictable. Just as Bainimarama’s coup was inevitable. Australian investigative journalists were already predicting it before it even happenned.

    You want sure prophecy go to Revelation and Daniel.

  30. Relax Man Says:

    Ha! Ha! all disjointed comments, you people should relax more, have a beer and enjoy the peace and calm of current Fiji, Go Fiji, Go!!!

  31. y Says:

    Asgrocky, now that your living elsewhere, I wonder, do you pay the indigenous people of that land to live there or use their land? I mean its only fair right! They all have native people, but they don’t receive anything of that nature. You speak of young minds, but you’re talking the same old things that caused these issues.

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