The Narsey and Field Story
This post consists of emails about an article written by USP Professor Wadan Narsey (photo) intended for publication in the Fiji Times that was censored by government censors, and what was done with the article by Michael Field in an article published in Scoop and copied by several blogs. Hyperlinks are provided to both articles. I suggest readers look at the Field article before reading further, I will publish a longer, follow-up item on these articles over the coming weekend.
My email to Professor Wadan Narsey
I'm puzzled by the remarks attributed to you by Michael Field:
Dr Narsey said his demographics paper has been banned but has circulated outside the country. "The censors won't allow it," he said from Suva. "I hope I don't get taken in, they have rung me and threatened me."Assuming he's referring to your paper "Fiji's Far Reaching Population Revolution," this is readily accessible from the USP website.
Field also says:
The Indo-Fijian population is plunging, a fact that has been censored by the military regime.But this information is readily available from the FBOS (Fiji Bureau of Statistics) website. It is only the detailed analysis that is missing.
Would you kindly clarify what you actually said to Field. I intend to use his article and your reply on my blog. Unless you say otherwise, I can only go on what Michael says you said. And I have found him on earlier occasions to be sometimes less than reliable.
Wadan's reply to me
Whatever I want to say is said in my article.That article was banned by the censors at the Fiji Times. The threats are a separate matter.
Wadan's first email to Michael Field after he (Wadan) received my email
Please could you correct your story on your website as people do read it and will continue to quote from it.
Wadan's second email to Michael
You have got some of the facts mixed up in your reporting on the
conversation you had with me (by the way, you did not tell me that you were going to write on it).
The threats I received from the military was not over the population
article but much earlier over other information they had received. My recent article on the media censorship clarifies that- perhaps you could put
a link to that on your web-site so that the public know the facts.
The military censors cut my population article from the Fiji Times- probably
because they saw my name there. Unfortunately, the other blog sites are using your reporting and continuing the misunderstanding.
My second email to Wadan
Thanks for copying this to me. How you were used by Michael is no surprise.
His article did not appear on his blogsite (where the damage would have been minimal) but in stuff.co.nz, an influential and widely read Fairfax on-line paper staffed by seven full-time journalists.
Wadan to me
I don't think that Michael deliberately misused what I had stated. Conversations over the phone are notoriously difficult to transcribe and the context can be easily lost- which is why I have put my media censorship article out- in my own words ....
Regards to both of you.
Unfortunately, Michael cannot correct his errors on his blog. His article is now published in the national media. There are limited means of correction and by now the damage is done.
This is the prologue to "Twisted Tales of Two Cities," a longer posting, to be read at leisure at the weekend. I will publish it on Saturday or Sunday