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Coup legitimisedq

Written By : Dalip Kumar Suva. After the launch of MAI TV on Monday, June 23, I heard the new TV station’s boss Richard Broadbridge over the air describing how
27 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Dalip Kumar Suva. After the launch of MAI TV on Monday, June 23, I heard the new TV station’s boss Richard Broadbridge over the air describing how unique, informative and entertaining his new TV station’s programmes would be.
He particularly referred to Stanley at 7 – a news and current affairs programme with a different concept to be hosted by well known journalist Stanley Simpson.
On Wednesday, June 25, Stanley Simpson hosted interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. I was surprised that Simpson referred to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum as Attorney-General and also said Prime Minister when referring to Frank Bainimarama.
He therefore effectively legitimised the interim government and did not give a cent’s worth for the rape of democracy by these gentlemen. This could not have been a mistake on Simpson’s part given his status as an award winning journalist last year.
I wonder whether Simpson was doing this deliberately and if this is a policy of MAI TV. If it is it is a classic case of tabetabe or skirt journalism, falling in the same league as a few reporters calling 2000 self-styled coup leader George Speight Prime Minister.
MAI TV may well therefore classify itself as State run television.




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