By VICTOR LAL
The illegal regime's favoured "Pied Piper" newspaper, The Fiji Sun, was given the exclusive right to publish the political parties assets and liabilities and those of office bearers under Aiyaz Khaiyum's Political Parties Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosure Decree 2013.
Now, the Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem is demanding from the political parties that they pay Fiji Sun for publishing the advertisements or else they will be de-registered. The non payment of advertising bills is not a de-registration offence under the PPRD.
Fiji SUN wants $26,000 from SODELPA, $7,000 from Fiji Labour Party and $6,000 from National Federation Party. SODELPA'S bill is the highest for it presented detailed declaration running into 26 pages.
SODELPA was sent a bill of $26,000.80, having used up some 22.5 of the pages.That means that each page was costing about $1013.
But why should these parties pay up, for they were not given the choice to publish in the Fiji Times? Nor were the parties told that they had to pay for the adverts. The parties were merely complying with the decree. But, then, we are living in a dictatorship, cheered on by the Fiji Sun which is owned by C J Patel and family. The Sri Lankan, Ajith Kodagoda - holder of various other Government appointed chairmanships - is the financial controller of C J Patel.
The Fiji Sun has a monopoly on government advertising since 2009, with the Commerce Commission looking the other way.
Regime tells political parties to pay "Pied Piper" Fiji Sun over $40,000 for publishing asset declarations or be De-Registered by 15 July. But non-payment of bills is not a de-registration offence in Aiyaz Khaiyum's political party decree
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
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