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Letters To The Editor, May 11, 2015

Media Freedom Osea Sivo Naisau, Ba   World Press Freedom Day has come and gone and all are being reminded of the importance of information in this day and age.
11 May 2015 12:15
Letters To The Editor, May 11, 2015

Media Freedom

Osea Sivo Naisau, Ba

 

World Press Freedom Day has come and gone and all are being reminded of the importance of information in this day and age.

Two of our small neighbouring countries, Kiribati and Nauru, had recently been targeted as far as media freedom in concerned.

This resulted in the sacking of Radio Kiribati’s editor, who reported on a bill that supposedly embarrassed the Government.

Veteran journalist Netani Rika hit the bulls-eye when he stated that quality journalism speaks the truth.

For to be right is freedom in the real sense of the word.

Journalists had been the target of terrorist groups such as ISIS lately. The reason is that they dislike exposure.

And that seems to summarise the motive of those who try to suppress information that should be publically known resulting in enslavement and ignorance.

And talking of ignorance, Lawrence Narayan seems to have misunderstood my point of view.

Since he doesn’t know me personally, I was sharing my views in this column not only from a believer’s point, but also from my ethnic backgrounds’ point of view.

Since ethnicity is a fact of life, he should know that the history of the Jews (Israelites) is factual evidence of the authenticity of the Bible.

And nearly all the authors of the biblical collection were of Jewish stock.

By the way Mr Lawrence, I was born an iTaukei in a Christian home but became a believer a few years later, experiencing firsthand the born again formula.

Personally the cross is one foremost and my neighbour, secondary.

Hopefully I have convinced you Brother Lawrence Narayan.

Squatter settlements

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Samabula

 

I call on authorities to visit the squatter settlement, known as Cunningham Stage 1, situated on the right as one travels uphill along Cunningham Road past the Rewa Dairy factory at Four Miles.

Last week, members of the Church of God were carrying building materials up to where their church is being built, on top of the hill, but it seems they do not have a legal access to their church building.

Church members had to cut through other front yards of other homes to get to the church because some squatters have used barbed wires to mark their own boundaries.

Apparently, I am told that the landowner just pointed to the squatters where to build their homes and there seems to be no planned access for those who intend to build their homes further up in the settlement.

Water and electricity is available, but the place is a health risk with no proper access roads, drainage and the surface gets slippery when wet.




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