"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition
from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
Fiji media's Gestapo chief Raj also supports ban imposed on Kiwis Michael Field & Barbara Dreaver and wants to include Campbell Cooney, veteran ABC correspondent who covered Fiji's coups
“PACMAS has withdrawn one of their workshop that they were conducting here but that is unfortunate; but that is PACMAS’s prerogative; The point is we have made it very clear that we’re waiting for an official retraction from the ABC for the statement that Mr Dorney has actually made,” Raj said. “And on that basis we will re-evaluate our relationship with PACMAS and ABC, now given the fact that we haven’t received a retraction but a rather an attempt to explain why he did what he did, I am suggesting that in order for us to engage with PACMAS; I’m asking that PACMAS distant itself from the position assumed by the ABC and on the Sean Dorney issue,” he adds.
Raj said they were willing to discuss an amicable way forward while equally ensuring that this was what PACMAS needed to do “They need to equally ensure that they work with ABC in ensuring that ABC also upholds the ethical standards of responsible journalism.” Raj says there was no point for PACMAS to come to Fiji, training all Fijian journalists and giving them certificates of participation when they cannot hold their journalist to adhere to the same standard of responsible journalism.
“This needs to be a level playing field; I need to see substantial evidence that PACMAS is also working with the ABC towards that end.” MIDA has also supported the decision by government to ban Australian journalist Dorney from coming to Fiji.
Though Dorney is banned, other journalists can visit Fiji as Raj says the ban is not blanketed at any organisation. Raj confirms that he was not satisfied with the reply from Head Audience and Consumer Affairs Kirstin McLeish and he would pursue the matter with the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Source: Fijilive News.
Fijileaks Editor: http://www.fijileaks.com/2/post/2014/03/regimes-media-stormtroopers-take-revenge-on-abc-journalist-dorney-by-preventing-cba-pacmas-from-holding-digital-media-training-in-fiji.html