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Coconut Wireless: May 17th, 2017

Coconut Wireless: May 17th, 2017
May 17
11:00 2017

The holier than thou radio gang

We cannot understand what was going on in the minds of those folks at CFL when they criticised our report on a rape trial. They claimed we had breached the Media Code of Ethics by naming one victim who had died.

Fact: When this story first broke in 2016 before the case went to court, we had named the rape and murder victim because her family wanted it, to highlight the seriousness of the issue.

Fact: If the CFL radio reporters were listening in court they would have heard that the lawyers had no objection to the naming of the deceased victim because it was already public knowledge.

Could their attitude issue – and this isn’t the first such example – be because of struggles with their own reporting?

‘Number of the Beast’

SODELPA Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro just could not resist it.

He tweeted “It’s kinda amusing. So with candidate numbers starting at 508, I shudder to think who’ll get the dreaded 666”.

Newswire then reported the “number of the Beast” – 666 – was set to appear on Fiji’s ballot papers for the 2018 general election.

“This means that one candidate would be assigned the number 666, and it is hard to imagine that number being anyone’s first choice.

“In popular culture, 666 has become a widely recognised symbol of the anti-christ, or the Devil himself.”

Superstition? You be the judge.

New catch phrase

It’s funny how videos posted up now on social media can go viral instantly. Recently a video was posted of two locals arguing. A new catch phrase was born from the exchange and has rapidly gained popularity.  It’s called ‘Waraki Tupou’.

Talk of the town

A group of men who arrived recently from a tour of duty overseas is the talk of the town. They convinced the operator of a nightclub to close the door. Then they  bought drinks for everyone inside until the patrons had had enough.

Kudos to Police officer

A Police officer is the best friend of reporters  after he stopped the abusive calls from a cell block. An accused person awaiting trial, backed by relatives from the outside, began hurling abuse at reporters.

The officer intervened and told them that reporters were just doing their job. Kudos to the officer.

Coconut Wireless was compiled by Ranoba Baoa with contributions from Mere Satakala, Arieta Vakasukawaqa and Ashna Kumar.



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