Media Freedom? "Good News" from Fiji Times, Care for Elderly
"Dear Croz, I feel it is time to comment on the sad state of blog sites reporting on news in Fiji. Whilst those that strongly oppose the current government cry ‘media freedom’ and condemn censorship their double standards amaze not only me but others that have attempted to comment on blog sites.
In the last week I have commented on several issues posted on Coup Four Point Five but none of the comments have been posted. All comments were worthy of posting and none contained the usual personal attacks that are found all over that site. However they chose not to post them. They seem to only give voice to those that are against the current government, so much for freedom of speech, perhaps they don’t want to hear the truth!
My other issue is the personal attacks that are now becoming popular again, derogatory remarks that have no bearing on the person or subject being written about, these are too numerous to mention.
I realize that you can do nothing about this, but it’s a worthy point to bring up to your readers, and perhaps highlight that there are many who wish to add comment on other blog sites but they simply will not be published." [Have other readers had similar experiences? If so, which blogs?]
MORE "GOOD NEWS" FROM NETANI RIKA. The Fiji Times Editor reports sugar production is well off target. He points to less cane milled, more cane needed to produce a tonne of sugar, and low and uneven production between mills. It seems certain 2010 will produce less cane, less efficiently than in previous years. Netani concludes, "In 2006 the FSC crushed 3.25million tonnes and the figure fell to 2.478million in 2007, 2.321 in 2008 and 2.246 in 2009. The number of tonnes of cane needed to produce a tonne of sugar was 10.4 in 2006 rising to 10.44 in 2007, 11.1 in 2008 and 13.4 in 2009.Sugar produced was 310,000 tonnes in 2006, 237,000 in 2007, 207,966 in 2008 and 167,611 in 2009." The Commissioner Western Joeli Cawaki says much the same thing but he also points to the many things Government has tried to do to improve the situation.
Normally, your news would cause no raised eyebrows. It is, after all, a statement of fact. But in the present Fiji situation, fact can be used to create the fiction that Government is responsible for all Fiji's woes. Netani, is this the only news the Fiji Times is willing to publish, or do the censors prevent you from publishing some good news? I sympathise. You are clearly struggling to maintain sales. Hence the scintilating article that tells your readers, "Fat men last longer in bed, while lean gym jocks are prone to premature ejaculation." How low can you go? The Fiji Times has until September 28th to become 90% Fiji-owned, or close its doors. No wonder some say, not before time.
HELPING LIFE FOR THE ELDERLY. Fiji will soon have a National Policy Framework for the Elderly that will provide a protection mechanism for the elderly to live their lives with dignity, care, self-fulfillment, independence and participation. And on September 24, the first sod will be turned for a special Seniors Park in Suva's Thurston Gardens. The project is being funded by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the Rotary Club of Suva and Suva City Council.
The Ministry’s media liaison officer, Anshoo Chandra, said that the park, the first of its kind, will be an ideal place for the elders to interact socially and participate in recreational activities. The park is designed so elders can spend their leisure time and enjoy the natural environment. “It will be the centre of attraction for our senior citizens and through this initiative we want to tell them that we care for them and we intend to improve their lives,” she said.