Between the Lines

BTL: 14th October, 2019

One still wonders, who is approving for all these boxers to leave the country and become easy targets and stepping stone for their Australian and New Zealand counterparts.
14 Oct 2019 12:46
BTL: 14th October, 2019

Boxing question

As the new Boxing Commission of Fiji directors led by academic Subhash Appana settles down, another Fijian boxer was again knocked out in Australia at the weekend.

One still wonders, who is approving for all these boxers to leave the country and become easy targets and stepping stone for their Australian and New Zealand counterparts.

Politicians and fundraising

Some politicians in the Opposition camp are using fundraising events to spread their propaganda.

They contribute to the coffers in the hope that those who benefit will vote for them in the 2022 General Election.

But one politician openly declared at a fundraiser that he was not there for politics. So what was he there for?

It cannot be confirmed whether he donated some money.

But politicians need to be aware that people expect them to contribute when they attend the fundraisers. There will be more fundraising events between now and Christmas.

Spotlight on journalists

It’s an embarrassment to the journalism profession when six well-known journalists from the same ethnicity in one media company went on a racist tirade against a person from a different ethnic group commenting on the Flying Fijians performance in the Rugby World Club.

It’s even worse when the person who provoked the racist response did it from a fake account.

Did they stop to think that their employers belong to the same ethnic community they are denigrating, as well as fellow employees they work with, side by side, every day?

Do they understand that responding to racist comments with your own racist comments lowers you to the same level? All journalists worth their salt should condemn racism of any form.

At any rate, journalists are like public officers. They are journalists 24 hours a day and people follow what they write. They cannot separate their work and what they write on social media.

There should be no contradiction particularly on important issues like racism.

If their employers have a social media policy, the journalists have breached it and must be held accountable because the media have been campaigning against racism and hate speech.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj




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