Censorship Gone or Easing
QARASE SPEAKS UP. Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase welcomes any positive decision made by the Bainimarama government (to lift the emergency regulations) but says things are still restrictive. Speaking to FijiLive Qarase said everything is still restrictive even after the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER).
FIJI LIVE POLL. Do you think the Methodist Church should be given a permit to hold their annual conference? Yes 49%, No 51%.
THE CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL FORUM has called for a review of the Public Order Act to encourage public participation without recrimination.
METHODISTS ON PERMIT REFUSAL. Fiji Life reports: "For the first time in the history of the Methodist Church of Fiji a new president will be elected without the annual general meeting. This after the church was forced to breach its own constitution in order to appoint a new president following denials of a permit by government to hold the annual conference."
METHODISTS KEEN TO PARTICIPATE. The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma is keen to be part of the national consultations for Fiji’s new Constitution. [This is good news. They refused to participate in the People's Charter discussions and told their members to vote against the Charter.
COMMISSIONER of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua has told his officers in the north to stand up to criticism and negative comments in the media or similar statements made by those living abroad. [Previously, the existence of criticism was rarely acknowledged.]
BUSINESS FORUM DISCUSSES BUDGET. The Fiji Sun reports:"A large number of business affiliates are expected to gather for the 2012 Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Forum, scheduled for the 28th of this month. The theme of the forum is Budget 2012 and the Private Sector." Discussion of Government's performance is unavoidable with such a topic.
FIJI'S MOST POPULAR PERSON. I have not been following this story closely but from what I recall FijiTV and Vodafone launched a most popular person poll that closed one day early. At that time Premila Kumar of the Consumer Council was first, the PM was second, several people had voted more than once, and thousands of text messages were still to be counted. There have been accusations of multiple army votes. I would class the poll a fun thing and not worry too much if I were the PM. The Australian PM would be in ecstasy if she were ranked seventh, even in a scientific poll! But the matter is to be investigated by the Commerce Commission to see whether the poll was conducted in "a fair and transparent way." If not, FijiTV may be taken to court.