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Lessons of the Past Shape Rabuka’s Future Plans

Experience has taught him that there is nothing to gain by being hostile to the media.
27 Dec 2022 15:15
Lessons of the Past Shape Rabuka’s Future Plans
The President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere congratulates the new Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka on December 24, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka’s welcoming attitude to the Fiji Sun on Sunday night underscores the positive direction his Government will take in handling the news media.

Experience has taught him that there is nothing to gain by being hostile to the media. During his political career, Mr Rabuka has used his charisma to maintain an open-door media policy.

It is also appropriate that he is the Minister for Information and calls the shots on the narrative his coalition Government will use in relying on the media to disseminate information. 

His deputies, Manoa Kamikamica and Viliame Gavoka share the same media sentiments of Mr Rabuka. The third deputy, Professor Biman Prasad, who was hostile to some of the mainstream media like the Fiji Sun, seems to be changing his stand. 

He admitted that the exchanges he used to have with the former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament were not personal and thanked him for his contribution. Mr Rabuka also acknowledged the service of his predecessor, Voreqe Bainimarama, and committed his coalition Government to build on it.

 

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 Lessons of the Past Shape Rabuka’s Future Plans



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