Australian High Commission Mailing List: No Interference in Fiji Internal Affair?
Yesterday I received a copy of the mailing list the Australian High Commissioner in Suva uses for its media releases. For the most part it was as to be expected. Of the 60 or so addressees, 12 were of the Fiji print , audio and visual media outlets, 6 were of Fiji businesses, 12 were embassies and high commissions, and about 20 were to people I do not know. Major press outlets like the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun received emails to the editor and several journalists. The Ministry of Information had to made do with one email to their general email address which was a bit of a slap in the face to the Permanent Secretary responsible for government media releases.
I was not particularly surprised at the inclusion of Lisa William’s Pacific Media Group as a regional outlet . It is a major means of spreading anti-Bainimarama information around the Pacific. And the inclusion of Suva-based PacNews assured some sort of balance.
But there were three significant inclusions that surprised me. I was surprised to see the inclusion of a political party, the Fiji Labour Party, until I recalled that they have an active website that constantly takes swipes at the Bainimarama government. But far bigger surprises were the inclusion of the anti-Bainimarama blog Coupfourpointfive and the Australian-based “pro-democracy” protest group Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, that organized Ratu Tevita’s meeting in Canberra on Saturday.
Their inclusion would not have been so obviously a political stance taken by the Australian High Commission and, by extension, the Australian government, had one of two pro-Fiji government or neutral blogs, and a Fiji civil society organizations or two, been included. But none were.
This leaves one wondering what other information passes between the Australian government and the so-called "democracy” movement, and how Australia can state, given the evidence in the email list (not to mention their visa for Ratu Tevita) that it is not interfering in the internal affairs of Fiji.
Australians who do not agree with their government’s stance on Fiji may care to contact Dennis Rounds, Public Affairs Officer at the Suva Embassy. Here are his contacts: Tel: (679) 3382211 (Ext 240) ; Fax: (679)3382065; D/Line: (679) 3382701; Cell: (679)7071225. E-mail: Dennis.Rounds@dfat.gov.au
The full email mailing list was:
To: - Public Relations Fj Ltd - Nirmal Singh (Business Fax); DIP - Chinese Embassy - (General email) (Business Fax); FY11-12 FM96 - Paradise; FY2011-12 Air Pacific - Samisoni Pareti; FY2011-12 Air Pacific - Samisoni Pareti; FY2011-12 Blogsite - Coupfourpointfive; FY2011-12 Blogsite - Fiji Movement for Democracy; FY2011-12 British High Comm - (General email); FY2011-12 British High Comm - Vineeta Nand; FY2011-12 Chinese Embassy - (General email); FY2011-12 Daily Post - Robert Wolfgramm; FY2011-12 European Delegation - Lice Movono Rova; FY2011-12 FABC - Frank Yourn; FY2011-12 FABC - Wylie Clarke; FY2011-12 Fiji Labour Party - (General email); FY2011-12 Fiji Sports Star - Iliesa Tora; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Leone Cabenatabua; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Maika Bolatiki; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Maneesh Karan; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Mere Naleba; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Nanise Loanakadavu; FY2011-12 Fiji Sun - Sera Janine; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - (General email); FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Avinesh Gopal; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Elenoa Baselala; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Fred Wesley - Editor; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Iowane Burese - Chief of Staff; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Monika Singh; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Samantha Rina; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Samisoni Nabilivalu; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Serelisoni Moceica; FY2011-12 Fiji Times - Verenaisi Raicola; FY2011-12 Fiji Times West - Margaret Wise; Amelia Vunileba; Cheeriean Wilson; Edwin Nand; Geoffery Smith; Rachna Nath; Richard Nath; Tukaha Mua; FY2011-12 Fijilive.com - Maciu Bolaitamana - Editor; FY2011-12 FijiVillage.com - Vijay Narayan; FY2011-12 Forum Secretariat - (General email); FY2011-12 Forum Secretariat - Johnson Honimae; FY2011-12 French Embassy - Nausheem Ali; FY2011-12 Indonesian Embassy - (General email); FY2011-12 Internet - Alpha Immigration; FY2011-12 Internet - Christopher Chand; FY2011-12 Internet - Creativiti; FY2011-12 Internet - Dana Jensen; FY2011-12 Internet - David; FY2011-12 Internet - David Chirell - Telstra; FY2011-12 Internet - dennis robbo; FY2011-12 Internet - Devika Narayan; FY2011-12 Internet - Emma Healy; FY2011-12 Internet - Faga Kotoitubou; FY2011-12 Internet - Florin Aprea; FY2011-12 Internet - Francis Herman; FY2011-12 Internet - Greg and Lynne; FY2011-12 Internet - Helavahanua; FY2011-12 Internet - Jacque Buksh; FY2011-12 Internet - Jona Sevura; FY2011-12 Internet - Justine Young; FY2011-12 Internet - Kakale Vave; FY2011-12 Internet - Kathleen Abel; FY2011-12 Internet - Lars Siefert; FY2011-12 Internet - Luke KT; FY2011-12 Internet - May Pal; FY2011-12 Internet - Prameel Mudaliar; FY2011-12 Internet - Seta Nasilivata; FY2011-12 Internet - Simon Beckett; FY2011-12 Internet - Suzanne.hopf; FY2011-12 Internet - Tevita Katafono; FY2011-12 Internet - Tui Waitui; FY2011-12 Internet - Vaseetal Shivangni; FY2011-12 Internet - Vee Dokona-Caucau; FY2011-12 Internt - Bale W; FY2011-12 Island Express - Mohammed Tawfiq; FY2011-12 Islands Business - Laisa Taga; FY2011-12 Islands Business - Rajan Sami; FY2011-12 Islands Business - Robert Matau; FY2011-12 Japanese Embassy - (General email); FY2011-12 Mai Life - Ricardo Morris; FY2011-12 Malaysian High Comm - (General email); FY2011-12 Marshall Islands Embassy - Ambassador; FY2011-12 MINFO - (General email); FY2011-12 Nai Lalakai - Anare Ravula; FY2011-12 Nauru High Comm - (General email); FY2011-12 NFP - kamal Iyer; FY2011-12 NZ High Comm - (General email); FY2011-12 NZ High Comm - Phillip Taula; FY2011-12 Pacific Media Group - Lisa Wiliams google group; FY2011-12 Pacnews - Makereta Komai; FY2011-12 Pacnews - Makereta Komai; FY2011-12 Pacnews - Matai Akau'ola; FY2011-12 Pacnews - Pita Ligaiula; FY2011-12 PNG High Comm - (General email); FY2011-12 Public Relations Fj Ltd - Nirmal Singh; FY2011-12 Radio Fiji - Elenoa Osborne; FY2011-12 Radio Fiji - newsroom (general); FY2011-12 Radio Fiji - Stanley Simpson; FY2011-12 Suva Business Centre - (General email); FY2011-12 Tuvalu High Comm - Fiji; FY2011-12 US Embassy - Shane Hussein; FY2011-12 Wansolwara - Shalendra Singh; FY2011-12 WHO - Saula Volavola; FY2011-12 William & Gosling - David Aidney; Boyle,Maggie [AusAID]; McNeil, Kirsty; MR - Fiji Sun - Iliesa Tora (Iliesat@fijisun.com.fj); Scott, Claire
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