UPDATE: BILITAKI BREAKS SILENCE - SAYS HE WAS BEATEN BY MILITARY OFFICERS - READ HERE
Fijileaks Editor: C4/5 is still down - both pro-democracy blogs (Fijileaks and C4/5 had been victims of 'hacking attempts recently'
FIJI SUN silent on controversy surrounding beating of Bilitaki. Instead attacks FIJILEAKS via COCONUT WIRELESS for being out of touch!
Commissioner Groenewald has denied the allegations of brutality made on blogsite Coup 4.5. but blogsite Fiji Leaks has now shown photographs of the swollen mouth of Joseva Bilitaki. Groenewald said Bilitaki was arrested by “a task team”. He did not say whether this meant police or military but his statement added that “interference of military personnel in policing issues is unacceptable”, which makes it look like the arrest was made by military personnel. Is an arrest of a civilian “unacceptable” or is it illegal? Groenewald said he will discuss this with “the relevant authority”. What relevant authority? Who has authority for the exercise of police powers other than the Police Commissioner? When Parliament meets all of these questions will have to be answered. They will not go away.
WHO IS THE EX-JOURNALIST FIJI SUN CLAIMS IS OUT OF TOUCH AND RUNNING THE 'DISCREDITED' FIJILEAKS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD?
Fijileaks Editor: IS IT VICTOR LAL? Well, if it is him, then HE DID (and still continues to do) A BLOODY FANTASTIC JOB TELLING FIJIANS AND THE WORLD ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING INSIDE FIJI; HE ALSO TOLD US ABOUT CHAUDHRY'S SECRET TWO MILLION DOLLARS WHILE FIJI JOURNALISTS INSIDE THE COUNTRY WERE POST 2006 COUP EITHER SLEEPING ON THE JOB OR SLEEPING WITH THE REGIME:
The Fiji Sun was the receiver of the Robert Keith-Reid Award for Outstanding Journalism
Below is the citation:
“This year’s Robert Keith-Reid Award for Outstanding Journalism is multi-faceted. It goes to two people who are not present tonight, and involves more than one publication.
The main recipients are Russell Hunter, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Fiji Sun, and Victor Lal, the newspaper’s UK-based investigative reporter.
“To them and the Fiji Sun goes a joint and well-earned accolade. They receive this for reportage on highly controversial taxation, and other matters associated with overseas bank accounts of the former interim finance minister Mahendra Chaudhry.
Mr Hunter’s leadership and support for Mr Lal and the Sun’s editorial team provided the professional context for what is arguably the best example of investigative journalism in the history of the Fiji media.
“Mr Hunter knew that in the current climate he was putting himself at risk. But this did not deter him from pursuing the great cause of the public’s right to know,
“Along with Mr Lal, he acted in the best traditions of crusading journalism. Mr Hunter and his newspaper paid a heavy price when he was virtually abducted from his home at night and summarily deported.
“Victor Lal displayed extraordinary persistence and skill in developing and uncovering the story in a series of articles over several months. His was a fine example of research and analysis based on documentation made available to him by sources who were also prepared to take a risk. The topic was complex requiring meticulous attention to detail in accomplishing and presenting the facts.
“To the Fiji Times and its editor Netani Rika, the judges give a special commendation for first publication of the name of the person at the centre of the controversy. It was not long after that the Fiji Times’ publisher Evan Hannah was also deported.
“The judges wish to acknowledge the work of all journalists who have been threatened or intimidated during a perilous time for the media and yet have continued to stand by the principles of their craft in defending media freedom and the people’s right to be informed.”