Death Threat Probe

Police investigating after Facebook post threatening Fiji Sun staff
04 Oct 2019 14:40
Death Threat Probe

Police are investigating a death threat against Fiji Sun staff made in a Facebook post.

Fiji Sun Publisher and chief executive officer Peter Lomas confirmed that details had been filed with the Fiji Police Cyber Crime Unit.

The post was allegedly made by a person who has been identified.

He uploaded a photograph of 27 Fiji Sun staff from the September 30th edition.

The photo was on the front page of the Fiji Sun’s 20th Anniversary supplement, titled ‘20 Years Strong’.

The alleged perpetrator said: “1 sniper should take them out one by one for every year a bullet each.”

The is a second Police investigation into such threats in a month.

The first is regarding a threat posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

The threat referred to the Fiji Sun being “burnt to the ground”.

It was in response to an analysis by Fiji Sun’s managing editor Nemani Delaibatiki on a Sydney protest by a group of Fijians against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The person responsible was identified and action taken.

Mr Lomas said as a news organisation, the Fiji Sun was reluctant to launch legal action against people speaking out on issues or critical of the Fiji Sun.

But, Mr Lomas said, it would do so against people making violent or vile threats against the newspaper or its staff. He said Fiji Sun IT specialists were working to identify such people and the newspaper would ensure the perpetrators were held accountable.

Since finding out that the Fiji Sun had inquired about his whereabouts, one of the alleged perpetrators has removed the post.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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