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Raj Says USP Articles By The Fiji Times Are Misleading

“Fiji Times has made an egregious reporting error in their story ‘Still No response’ on March 21, 2020.
24 Mar 2021 12:11
Raj Says USP Articles By The Fiji Times Are Misleading
Ashwin Raj.

The director of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj has released a statement on how he was disappointed with the Fiji Times reporting.

Mr Raj said they had issued a statement in relation to the deportation of the University of the South Pacific former Vice Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia and his wife, Sandy Price. However, Fiji Times reports stated that they did not receive any response from the commission.

Fiji Times has made an egregious reporting error in their story ‘Still No response’ on March 21, 2020.

“Those comments were reported widely by the Fiji Sun, Communications Fiji Limited and the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation.”

He said that while “Fiji Times continues to pretend that no statement was issued by the commission, it has ironically published letters in their Letters to Editor column as well as an opinion piece published on Saturday March 20 that all make overt reference to the findings of the commission in relation to the deportation of the Vice Chancellor.

“People have the right to disagree with the findings of the commission, but Fiji Times should not mislead the public.”

Mr Raj said their statement was also available on the commission’s social media platform.

“Rather than misleading the public about how long it has taken for the director to ‘ascertain the facts’ on this issue, Fiji Times should show an ounce of journalistic integrity by ascertaining the facts themselves and publish a retraction in both print and digital form,” he said.

“Fiji Times was equally economical in publishing the commission’s statement to their query on the draft Police Bill.

“Why censor the voice of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission if the intention is to report fairly and accurately on an issue of national importance?

“If the intention is to give prominence to the voice of a particular political persuasion, then why hound institutions for a response?”

Questions were sent to Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Wesley. Mr Wesley confirmed that he would respond today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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