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Prasad, Motibhai And Fiji Times In Spotlight As Attack Against Qorvis Backfires

Prasad, Motibhai And Fiji Times  In Spotlight As Attack Against Qorvis Backfires
Opposition Member of Parliament Biman Prasad (left), with Ratu Naiqama Lalabavu followed by Parmod Chand outside Parliament on July 12, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
July 13
10:42 2017

Biman Prasad came to Parliament yesterday to attack the work of the international communications company QorvisMSL for Fiji.

The attack didn’t work.

Instead the National Federation Party leader faced questions about his own role with the Motibhai group and its Fiji Times newspaper.

When Mr Prasad accused QorvisMSL of meddling with local affairs, including the media, the response was swift. Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I can also sit here and speculate how he is controlling the media through the Fiji Times.

“He is having coffee with people from Motibhai in Nadi, all these things are happening, I can speculate, I have evidence too.”

Mr Prasad’s motion to throw out a $1 million Budget allocation for QorvisMSL was defeated 31- 15. Mr Prasad claimed, amongst other things, that Qorvis has a reputation for working with rogue states and is meddling locally. Qorvis is actually part of the MSL group, reportedly one of the largest public relations agencies in the world.

Qorvis is described as one of the largest, fully integrated strategic communications firms in the United States. It was originally engaged by the Government to provide advice and develop messaging capacity in the face of attacks on Fiji. Mr Prasad said the job done by Qorvis could be handled by a local media. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Prasad should have told Parliament whether he agreed or disagreed with the allocation rather than trying to come up with unnecessary comments.

He said instead of going into a diatribe about meddling in local affairs, he should just simply say he needed Qorvis funding reduced because he believes there is no need for Qorvis.


In response to the comments in Parliament, Shalendra Prasad, manager Public Relations/Corporate Marketing for Motibhai Group of Companies said: “We disagree with the comments made by the Honourable Minister.

As a customer service, people from Motibhai Group often have tea or coffee with customers who walk into our store in Nadi.

The Fiji Times newsroom operates independently without any influence from its owners – Motibhai Group.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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