Ashwin Raj branded the USP journalism pair (Pat Craddock and Matt Thomspon) as: “Ill-informed, self aggrandizing, self-selected moral entrepreneurs. It is all too easy, in this context, for foreign academics having barely spent any significant time in Fiji, to drum up dialectics of freedom and un-freedom.”
Crosbie Walsh: "Dr Thompson has been in Fiji for three months. Far too short a time to speak out so confidentially on local issues. Putting it bluntly, as far as local customs, behaviour and events are concerned, he is wet behind the ears. It could be argued that three months is long enough when civil rights abuses are concerned, but he has no direct knowledge of the alleged abuses. He has relied on what others have told him, which raises questions about the knowledge, biases and agenda of his informants...And if he is deported for breaking conditions in his working permit or for some other reason will he then retire to Brisbane with enough new material to add a disparaging deportation chapter to a new book, tentatively titled Tortures in Paradise" - Walsh - Blowing on the Embers of Old Fires: Media and Academic Freedom and Responsibility, reproduced by Fiji Sun, 29 June 2014
Thompson on Delaibatiki (Facebook): "Comedy gold!Today things took an even whackier turn when a newspaper editor rang to ask about "Torture in Paradise", a book or possible chapter of a book he said I'm rumoured to be writing under the cover of being an academic. If you read about this mythical tome in tomorrow's paper, remember you heard about it here first - only slightly after me, given I'd never heard of it until I picked up the phone this afternoon!