HERE WE GO AGAIN: 'Riyaz Khaiyum says his very specific response was to a very specific question about individuals and a group page that are known to be fervently anti-Fiji and anti‑Fijian government'.
But what about Wasea Bhasha insulting native Fijians on FBC TV?
In a letter to the Fiji TV CEO, Geoffrey Smith yesterday, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that the story about FBC’s media conference on Fiji TV on Friday night started off by saying...”Fiji broadcasting CEO Riyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum has bluntly shifted the blame to Nemani Bainivalu the host and producer of the controversial TV show Wasea Bhasha. The state Broadcaster has removed the host in an attempt to put the contentious debacle to rest”.
Sayed-Khaiyum says it seems the Fiji TV reporter in his haste to create further controversy about the issue has now got himself in a situation whereby he has deliberately twisted and manipulated the details of the media conference and got the facts of the story absolutely wrong.
Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he did not “bluntly shift the blame”.
He says FBC dealt with the serious matter and held responsible the person who wrote and made the irresponsible remarks on the show with subsequent action taken after a thorough investigation process.
The FBC CEO says this is a blatant disregard for basic media ethics and principles on the part of the Fiji One reporter.
Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says his comments “I’d rather not comment about idiots” was a response that was in specific reference to two individuals and a face book group page.
He says he had asked the reporter who were making the comments on social media about Wasea Bhasha and he specifically mentioned Fiji Exposed Forum, Rajendra Chaudhry and Shalendra Raju.
Sayed-Khaiyum says his very specific response was to a very specific question about individuals and a group page that are known to be fervently anti Fiji and anti‑Fijian government. He says it is these specific people that he referred to as idiots.
He says the story is now being used by certain individuals to cast aspersions against him claiming that he had called the general public “idiots”.
Fiji TV is yet to comment on its next step. We will have more later today. Source: FijiVillage News