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High Court Strikes Out Redress Matter Against Newspapers

Mr Radrodro had alleged that his constitutional rights to freedom of speech, expression and publication were breached when the two newspapers refused in December, 2017, to publish an advertisement he had paid for.
27 Jul 2019 11:23
High Court Strikes Out Redress Matter Against Newspapers

The Civil High Court in Lautoka struck out the constitutional redress application made by Paula Malo Radrodro against Sun Fiji News Pte Limited and Fiji Times Limited.

The Attorney-General’s Office was also an interested party in the matter.

The ruling was delivered by Judge Justice Anare Tuilevuka on Thursday. He summarily assessed costs at $500 each to the respondents.

The application was filed by Fiji Sun and The Fiji Times seeking to strike out a constitutional redress application filed by Mr Radrodro on January 16, 2018.

Mr Radrodro had alleged that his constitutional rights to freedom of speech, expression and publication were breached when the two newspapers refused in December, 2017, to publish an advertisement he had paid for.

He was in the process of patenting a purported medical discovery and the Fiji Intellectual Property Office (FIPO) had written him a letter advising him to proceed with the advertisement in a local daily.

The purported discovery involved a revolutionary treatment for cancer involving blood transfusions.

Mr Radrodro alleged that his right to economic participation was also breached.

The Fiji Sun was represented by lawyer Emmanuel Narayan from Patel Sharma Lawyers and The Fiji Times was represented by lawyer Ronal Singh.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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