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That's not to say that the Fiji Broadcasting Commission is slanting the news because its CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is the brother of the Attorney-General and it four-member board is government appointed. It's just that it could be. There are no independent checks on what it broadcasts — and appearances matter.
Fiji broadcasting has always been state-owned but the potential for bias, and suspicion of bias, is greater today because of the nation's highly polarised political situatation. I would certainly be more confident of its news if it had wider board membership. Having said that, bias is more likely to be evident by not publishing news and less evident in the news published. The two items to follow are certainly pro-government, but there's no reason to suspect their validity.