Fiji strips licences from broadcasters

Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor | November 21, 2009 Article from:  The Australian

THE military-installed Fiji government has removed all broadcasting licences and given Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum the absolute power to renew or redistribute them without any compensation to those whose licences are stripped.

Television and radio stations are broadcasting this weekend on a temporary basis, as the owner, managers, staff and audiences await the determinations of Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

He is the second-most powerful figure in the government after military commander and prime minister Frank Bainimarama.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is also Minister for Justice, Anti-Corruption, Public Enterprises, Industry, Investment and Tourism, and Communications.

The action was carried out this week by decree – the chief tool of government since the parliament was scrapped and the constitution abrogated.

The decree states that no compensation can be claimed as a result of the cancellation or reallocation of a broadcasting licence, and that no court, tribunal or commission has the jurisdiction to entertain any challenge over the loss of a licence.

Anyone broadcasting in contravention to the minister’s directions can be jailed for five years.

The dominant television broadcaster, Fiji TV, is owned by Yasana Holdings, which represents the 14 ethnic Fijian provinces, and which also owns the monopoly Papua New Guinea TV broadcaster EMTV.

Fiji TV established a reputation for impartial news coverage, although the military installed two officers on its board following the coup three years ago.

It, like the country’s other media, is now subject to stringent military censorship.

All the country’s VHF TV frequencies are in the hands of Fiji TV.

It is now expected that at least one of these frequencies will be reallocated to the government-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, which operates a radio service and has expressed an intention to establish a TV network, towards which it has allocated several million dollars.

The corporation’s chief executive, appointed earlier this year, is Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, younger brother of the Attorney-General and formerly a TV journalist.

The government broadcasts directly from 7-9pm nightly, except on Sundays, on a frequency it pays to rent from Fiji TV.


Looks like the oinklets sayed-khaiyum are determined to disallow any news that may report any iota of news that may, just may have a tinge of criticism about the illegal regime in its content wiped off the face of the earth.

Can’t wait to see the boys from Delainabua sink their shiny boots into their smugness. Yep, word from up there is that these two will be the first to feel the wrath of their self made cruelty.

The soldiers will follow orders because they are paid to do so, but they don’t like upstarts like the oinklets throwing their weight around. These brothers are a big itch just waiting to be scratched.

SV is of the opinion this latest ban is a lead up to the furore about to be unleashed about the lack of progress since 6.12.06 except for the unrestrained corruption being carried out by ole bipolar oink and his cooupsters.

Third anniversary of the disaster unfairly imposed on the Nation of Fiji is coming right up on Sunday 6 December 2009.



  1. C.I.A Says:

    Blog on Ragone

  2. EnufDictatorship Says:

    Revolution time veoples!!!!!

  3. Budhau Says:

    Ebufshyte – Revolution time peoples!!!!!

    ALL TALK NO ACTION – isn’t that the theme of these various blogs – that they provide an outlet for the pissed off crowd to vent out their anger so that there is action.

    Blog on Ragone.

  4. Soko Says:

    Bud may have a point.

    Maybe there’s to much talk, we ought to refocus our strategy.

    May I suggest everyone with exception of me to take a long ride on a spiked backed tortoise.

  5. this is navoha Says:

    Budhau fuck u…..magaitamamu

  6. Anon Says:

    Hey guys…cool tiko man! Sorry to digress here but am so shocked at the budget allocation for the tourism industry compared to the military allocation. See the wide gap $23 million for tourism which is the highest income earner and $90+ million for the military. Na cava na kedra yaga o ira na baku, no school, rapists qo to be getting so much…..I am so so pissed!

  7. Nostradamus Says:

    It is a waste of money putting any money into tourism as long as the military is in power.
    Besides that, tourism is private sector. If the politics are right, tourism will be booming on the basis of foreign and local private sector investment alone. The role of the government is to make sure the roads are repaired, immigration procedures are streamlined, and that the local people are well educated and happy (smiling).
    I am not making an argument for financial support for the army. Government money should be spent on education, health, infrastructure, etc, not for a bunch of useless goons with guns who have no role but to intimidate the rights away from the rest of the People.
    Frank tries to make things look rosy not by developing the nation and the people, but by stifling any criticism so his supporters can falsely think that he is doing well.

  8. Anon Says:

    Thanks Nostra, but apart from tourism the goons continue to receive higher allocation than the Agriculture ministry and yet this government’s buzz word is to develop the agriculture sector to boost exports, blah! blah! blah! And here goes Cokanasiga, being one of the “yes” old man says that he is satisfied with the allocation……sorry but this is just my very simple view without going into any analysis….I amm still so pissed! Yes and I support your thoughts Nostra, buying support more like it is the hidden motive of this budget, and with the mentality of the current day populace….this will surely go down well wid them. As for the goons, don’t actually know what they do towards nation building except for raping and intimidating us like we were in a third world country…..but we are getting there!!!!

  9. this is navoha Says:

    Why top nations are now interested on our oil?

    “The Hubbert Curve is used to predict the rate of production from an oil producing region containing many individual wells. Source:

    In the 1950s the well known U.S. geologist M. King Hubbert was working for Shell Oil. He noted that oil discoveries graphed over time tended to follow a bell shape curve. He supposed that the rate of oil production would follow a similar curve, now known as the Hubbert Curve (see figure). In 1956 Hubbert predicted that production from the US lower 48 states would peak between 1965 and 1970. Despite efforts from his employer to pressure him into not making his projections public, the notoriously stubborn Hubbert did so anyway. In any case, most people inside and outside the industry quickly dismissed the predictions. As it happens, the US lower 48 oil production did peak in 1970/1. In that year, by definition, US oil producers had never produced as much oil, and Hubbert’s predictions were a fading memory.

    The peak was only acknowledged with the benefit of several years of hindsight.
    No oil producing region fits the bell shaped curve exactly because production is dependent on various geological, economic and political factors, but the Hubbert Curve remains a powerful predictive tool.

    In retrospect, the U.S. oil peak might be seen as the most significant geopolitical event of the mid to late 20th Century, creating the conditions for the energy crises of the 1970s, leading to far greater U.S. strategic emphasis on controlling foreign sources of oil, and spelling the beginning of the end of the status of the U.S. as the world’s major creditor nation. The U.S. of course, was able to import oil from elsewhere. Mounting debt has allowed life to continue in the U.S. with only minimal interruption so far. When global oil production peaks, the implications will be felt far more widely, and with much more force.

    So when will oil peak globally?

    Later in life M. King Hubbert predicted a global oil peak between 1995 and 2000. He may have been close to the mark, except that the oil shocks of the 1970s slowed the growth of our use of oil.
    As represented in the following figure, global oil discovery peaked in the late 1960s. Since the mid-1980s, oil companies have been finding less oil than we have been consuming.

    Of the 65 largest oil producing countries in the world, up to 54 have passed their peak of production and are now in decline, including the USA in 1970, Indonesia in 1997, Australia in 2000, the UK in 1999, Norway in 2001, and Mexico in 2004. Hubbert’s methods, as well as other methodologies, have been used to make various projections about the global oil peak, with results ranging from ‘already peaked’, to the very optimistic 2035″

  10. this is navoha Says:

  11. Frida Says:

    The para below sounds so similar to letters being delivered to homes on the Suva Nausori corridor in regards to the widening of the road. What a bunch of whackers.

    “The decree states that no compensation can be claimed as a result of the cancellation or reallocation of a broadcasting licence, and that no court, tribunal or commission has the jurisdiction to entertain any challenge over the loss of a licence”.

    The people need to know that their rights are being dragged away from below their feet and the military government we have is getting awa y with it – because they ahve the guns!!

  12. Soko Says:


    To use Guns as a basis for argument is indeed vexatious and derisory there have been many popular uprising in the past where stratocracy was defeated.

    It is within us the power not only to defeat but to vanquish any enemy that for some reason or the other has taken away the liberty enjoyed by all.

    It’s easy isn’t it? All that is required is have the courage of your convictions to disseminate your enemy guns or no guns.

  13. C.I.A Says:

    Why top nations are interested in our oil

  14. Soko Says:


    What’s the abbreviation of C.I.A? Is it Cici In Action?

    There no point in going about oil the reason being if the average native Fijian think they are in the money forget it.

    This a common break down, the explorers will pocket at least 60 to 65% of the find, the Government will pocket will pocket 30% and the remainder will be distributed among the chiefs with whatever morsels left than may be the people just might get a sniff.

  15. Fiji Man Says:

    Ha! Ha! bunch od rejects!! 2010 budget is out and one of the best produced so far in Fiji!! either we all work towards achieving the bench mark set out or we keep on complaining like pigs in mud bath!!

  16. C.I.A Says:


    What is the abbreviation SOKO ?

    Aiyaz was tasked by Frank to compile the budget in his absence when he was galavanting in Brussels then to Rome.

  17. Asgrocky Says:

    Fiji Man
    You mean lets all work together towards achieving the beast mark. The man that you think is doing you and your kind a favour actually thinks you are just a bunch of cattle to do with as he pleases. Your little mind needs to wake up and tell your boss to stop the one world order and get Fiji out of the United Nations fast. Your $50 in your cheap little pay check ain’t worth your soul, or is it? Babylon in the making is right in front of you but you are too ignorant to recognise it.

  18. Soko Says:


    You would like to know what the abbreviation of SOKO means.

    Well its very simple really Society Of Kicking Oafs.

  19. this is navoha Says:

    Budhau is a CIA agent disguising himself as an indian….he’s just here to further compound the confused minds of the Fijians(vakamedre wanisiwa)…..well we know this bloody blog site is monitored by them…n his trying to manupilate the minds of the fijians to believe its between indians n Fijians,chiefs n other social group….the real issue is what i have posted earlier.
    How i found out?….read carefully all his past blogging…his neither fijian nor indian…..n see how he spells a foreigner in fijian…he spells it “vulangi”…only a pakia spells that way……sorry budhau we not stupid people like u…tonokia mu loto me drama ..aule

  20. senijiale Says:


    Listening to you is like having to choose between con and porn. Aule!

  21. senijiale Says:

    Hey that went thru, thanks for letting me back in SV! I’ll try to be a good gal.

  22. hari Says:

    With the exception of yours truely, everyone else on this site is a suspect and thats includes Soli as well?

  23. senijiale Says:

    Truz hari, not sure how Bud became the enemy instead of Bai. Navoha is confused.

  24. Darren Says:

    Look at the way navoha spells pakia instead of pakeha. That means she’s a CID from Pakistan!!!!

  25. this is navoha Says:

    haha…darren…no im not a CID from Pakistan…..but a spokemans for my tribe & my beloved vanua.

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