(+) The Morality and Purpose of Media "Leaks"
There is a very interesting comment to this post. Click on Comments below to read it.
I invite you to look at this article in The Australian and further comment by Coupfourpointfive and then consider the following:
Chief Justice Gates sent PM Bainimarama a memo about the difficulties experienced by the Sri Lankan judges in obtaining transit visas through Australia. The memo was "leaked" to the media.
Within hours, Bainimarama said he would expell top diplomats from the Australian and New Zealand High Coms. But Bainimarama had threatened this action earlier, according to another "leaked"email, this time from one of the judges to the Sri Lankan Honorary Consul in Suva.
The email, and a letter to both High Coms written by Foreign Affairs Secretary Solo Mara, were then "leaked," directly or indirectly to The Australian.
A copy of this email sent to Bainimarama was also then "leaked" to the media. And a copy of the Aust.High Com's telephone conversation with one of the Sri Lankan judges was "obtained" by Canberra and passed on to the media.
Which leaves one thinking. Why all these "leaks"? Isn't it a form of stealing? Who is leaking this information? To what purpose? What is the purpose of publishing it? And why are there no "leaks" sought or published by the media from Australian and New Zealand sources? Why do they only "leak" one way?
If the foreign media and anti-government blogs have the influence and resources for such "investigative journalism, why are their other pubications on Fiji generally so impoverished? Does the ongoing publication of this sort of information --much of it second-hand, based on rumour and speculation -- really help Fiji to "move on"? Does it make the Fiji Government feel less threatened and help ease tensions with other countries? Will it take Fiji a step closer to lifting the Public Emergency Regulations and the resumption of dialogue?
These are the questions that patriotic Bloggers and Leakers who are opposed to the Government should be asking themselves.