Radio New Zealand International Stands Accused
The FLP responded on the 17th by stating that the "root cause of our fast declining economy is the refusal of the regime to enter into inclusive political dialogue to chalk out an acceptable roadmap back to elections and constitutional rule within an agreed time frame - well before 2014 announced by Commodore Bainimarama." I reported this response in full. See "FLP Fiddles" below.
It is interesting to see what happened next because it provides a further insight into the misuse of "media freedom" in New Zealand.
Radio NZ International read the FLP website, and reported, under the heading "Fiji Labour Party paints gloomy picture of economy," on all the negative things mentioned by the Bainimarama government's political opponent -- "galloping" inflation, the "looming" inability to repay loans, the lack of investment due to "intimidation, raids, threats and harassment [that] have become the order of the day" -- but they did not report anything on my comments to which the FLP article was a response. The one thing conceded by the FLP and Radio NZI was that the economy was in trouble before the 2006 Coup, but that of course was Chaudhry's dig at his political opponents in the SDL Government.
I have one important question for RadioNZI (whose costs I help to pay as a NZ taxpayer): Why use the website of a political party known to be hostile to the Bainimarama government as the sole source of your information; skip over the fact that the website was responding to my blog, and then expose yourselves to accusations of biased reporting by not reporting the points raised in my blog to which the FLP was responding?
Don't tell me you don't use blogs because they are anonymous and their information cannot be independently verified. My blog does not fit either description.