Between the Lines

BTL: 12th June, 2019

A BTL fan in Nausori had read in the Fiji Sun and heard on radio that plastic bags in shops will go up from 20 cents a bag to 50 cents in January next year. It’s in the 2019-2020 National Budget announced by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament last Friday.
12 Jun 2019 12:09
BTL: 12th June, 2019

FMA speaks out

Any attack on journalists is an attack on media freedom, says Fijian Media Association general secretary Stanley Simpson.

He was commenting on a BTL report that a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation journalist was intimidated by a murder accused in Suva Court on Monday.

The Police officer escorting the accused stood on the side and smiled.

Mr Simpson said the FMA was concerned with the increasing attacks on journalists, particularly in the court precincts.

“We are calling on the authorities and the Police to beef up security at the courthouse.

“We are again urging the public to appreciate and understand the role journalists play in providing the coverage of how justice is administered in this country.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said there were systems and processes in place in the escorting of an accused person.

“We call on members of the media to be aware of the need to keep themselves out of harm’s way, especially in situations where their safety could be at risk,” she said.

“Considering the confined spaces escorting officers have to work within court premises we would also ask members of the media to be considerate of the needs of Police officers whose main focus is to prevent any escape from lawful custody.”

Shop got it wrong

A BTL fan in Nausori had read in the Fiji Sun and heard on radio that plastic bags in shops will go up from 20 cents a bag to 50 cents in January next year. It’s in the 2019-2020 National Budget announced by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament last Friday.

But when she went to her favourite shop she was charged 30 cents not 20 cents.

When she protested, the cashier said 20 cents went to them and 10 cents went to the Government.

When she asked a manager, she was told the decision came “from the top.”

It was unclear who the manager was referring to.

But BTL thinks it is illegal and the shop should revert to the 20 cents charge.

The shop needs a visit from the staff of FCCC.

First dividend

Some people who hold 150 non-voting shares in Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) yesterday received their first nett dividend of $9 per shareholder.

One ordinary shareholder said: “I am just glad that I am a shareholder.”

Women found in raid

BTL wants to know what happened to what looked like some Asian women found on an Asian fishing boat after Police boarded it in Suva Harbour recently.

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