POLICING THOUGHT: NFP files complaint of inciting communal hatred against FIJI SUN, stemming from a letter printed in the paper calling on the NFP to "Stop claiming that you have the plight of Hindus at heart..."
"We have stopped thinking along those lines"
We fully sympathize with the knee-jerk reaction of the National Federation Party and the potential damaging impact [if any] the above letter in the Fiji Sun could have on the party's standing among the non-Hindu voters. But we, equally, strongly believe that running to the Police over a "Letter to the Editor" in the press from a member of the public borders on trying to 'police thought' in Fiji. We are on record of taking a similar editorial position regarding the charges that were laid against the Fiji Times executives and the letter writer [still pending before the Fiji High Court]. For the very same reasons, we condemn the NFP's response. Ideally, the NFP should have written a corrective and sent it to the Fiji Sun for publication. The party could have demanded the letter writer Parmesh Prasad (if its his real name) to provide evidence to support his claims. And, if the paper declined to publish it, then the NFP could have taken it to another level. The party should be reminded of what Amnesty International wrote [30 March 2017] after learning of the charges against the Fiji Times executives and the letter writer to Nai Lalakai:
CORRECTION: Dear All, Due to a typographical error, Kamal Iyer in the NFP's letter of complaint to Police against Fiji Sun for inciting communal antagonism is listed as the Party's General Secretary. The General Secretary of NFP is Jagannath Sami while Kamal Iyer is the Administrative Officer of NFP. - KAMAL IYER
Fijileaks: The draconian MEDIA and Election Decrees mean that Fiji will never read such controversial statements in the 2018 general election. These advertisements were placed by Ratu Mara's Alliance Party against the National Federation Party during the 1982 general election, pointing out the bitter Hindu-Muslim (Dove v Flower) faction infighting after NFP had failed to form a government in 1977; cited in our
The firebrand Fijian Nationalist Party leader Sakiasi Butadroka wanted Ratu Mara's Alliance Party to be defeated in the 1977 elections, and he got his wish but NFP failed to form new government, and the party split along Hindu-Muslim line, a shameful episode in its history
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