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B6 Censored Letters to Editor

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In all free countries citizens are able to raise issues of public concern by writing letters to the editors of papers, even if the media do not cover particular issues. All the Fiji newspapers have a Letters to the Editor column, which ought to be of great interest to academics and those who study media censorship.

For two years before the September 2014 Elections, and some even after the elections, most of my letters trying to raise public awareness of important policy issues, especially those involving tax-payer funds, government accountability and transparency were censored and labelled here as (NOT PUBLISHED).

Most public queries, such as on the state-approved destruction of the marine environment for reclamation, have not been replied to by those in authority, a sad reflection of the deterioration of transparency and accountability in Fiji, since 2006.

It is a tragedy that what cannot be recorded here is the blatant censorship and self-censorship of my views by television and radio stations which frequently sought my views, before the Bainimarama intimidated them, by decrees, incentives and disincentives.

“Independent audit of Polling Station Results”  (Letter to Editor, sent 27 October 2014(NOT PUBLISHED)

Constitutional rights to development benefits”  LTE (sent 27 October 2014)

Tabling a report in parliament, taxpayers and people of Fiji“.  Letter to Editor, 19 Oct 2014.

“Rejection of NGO auditing of polling stations”  Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business) (30 August 2014)

“Khaiyum on economists not being analytical”. Letter to Editor (Fiji Times, Fiji Sun), 26 Aug 2014(NOT PUBLISHED)

“The independence of media and MIDA” (Open letter to MIDA Chairman and Letters to Editor,  sent 20 Aug 2014).(NOT PUBLISHED) (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Rugby, referees and fair games” (Letter to the Editor, sent 9 August, 2014) (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Election Issues 23     The politics and myths of Secular and Christian states” (version in Fiji Times, 9 Aug 2014).

Eligibility of voters and Mickey Mouse Games”. Letter to the Editor, Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, (sent 5 August 2014). (NOT PUBLISHED)

“MIDA unaccountable while papers continue to censor”  Sent to Ashwin Raj (Chairman, MIDA) and also as Open Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business)  (sent 27 July 2014 (NOT PUBLISHED)

“MIDA Chairman demands transparency from mainstream media editors” (sent 20 July 2014). (NOT PUBLISHED)

Who is auditing Fiji Roads Authority”. Letter to the Editor (sent 14 (FT, FS, FIB)(NOT PUBLISHED)

“What actual Fiji Airways 6 monthly profits?”  Letter to the Editor (Fiji Time, Fiji Sun, Ashwin Raj)

“MIDA Chairman and newspaper editorial policy on Letters to the Editor” 16 July 2014. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Public pronouncements by Deputy Governor RBF” Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, Ashwin Raj) 7 July 2014 (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Ministers’ Current and Past Salaries” Letter to the Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Islands Business) sent 4 July 2014 (NOT PUBLISHED)

Questions for MIDA and Ashwin Raj”  also sent as Open Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business) 3 July 2014. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Khaiyum on Anthony not understanding basic law”  Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, sent 3 July 2014)

“Fiji Airways losing money on domestic route”. Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business) 30 June 2014s

Some USP investigations quick off the mark ” Letter to Editor  (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, Ashwin Raj)  (sent 30 June 2014)

“Accountability of Fiji Roads Authority and PS Finance to tax-payers” Letter to the Editor 16 June 2014.

“Green sustainable development strategy in Fiji and mangroves”. Letter to Editor, 16 June 2014.

Election Issues 15  “How many voters do you really need”.  The Fiji Times 14 June 2014.

“Flawed appointment processes at USP and Professor Biman Prasad” Letter to the Editor, 30 May 2014.

“Scholarship termination and basic human right to political activity”. Letter to Editor 30 May 2014.

“Consumer Council, Ministry of Health and Prime Minister’s Office” Letter to Editor, 27 May 2014.

Creeping totalitarianism at USP: an open letter to USP Council and Member Governments” Letter to Editor, 15 May 2014. (The Fiji TImes, Fiji Sun, Republika, Islands Business, Ashwin Raj (MIDA).

“Trade unionists, public officers and government ministers” Letter to Editor, 11 May 2014.

“Elections Ministers and Party Officials”. Letter to Editor, 9 May 2014.

Election Issues Bulletin 10: Voters’ preferences, sports funding, and angry Health Ministers: who will pay for dinner? (3 May 2014

“The Commerce Commission, Vonu beer and competition”  Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, Republika)(sent 23 April 2014

“Be the Change Complaint by Romitesh Kant” (Letter to Editor sent 23April 2014, published Fiji Times 24 April 2014)

“Ads in media 1 person = 1 vote = 1 value”. (Letter to Editor, sent 23 April, 214)

“USP Vice Chancellor and ethics” (Letter to the Editor, 13 April, 2014)

Impact of Media Censorhip on Narsey articles (note for MIDA Chairman) (28 March 2014)

Kadavu statement by Brigadier General Tikoitoga” Letter to the Editor, Fiji TImes, Fiji Sun. 9 April 2014.

 “Consider small revision to Ballot Paper”. Letter to Editor Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, 9 April 2014.

“Prime Minister’s Office and Development Projects” Letter to the Editor, FS and FT, 2 April 2014 (not published)

“Bainimarama Regime and Agricultural Scam”  Letter to the Editor (published)(date?)

“Electoral Commission and Rubber Stamps”. Letter to Editor, 4 March 2014. (Fiji Times, 5 March 2014).

“Use of children in advertisements” Letters to Editor, 27 Feb 2014. (Fiji Sun, 5 March 2014)

“Commerce Commission and Minimum Wage Rates”. Letters to Editor, 27 Feb 2014.  (appeared Fiji Times 9 March 2014 )

“Mobile charges and Dr Reddy”. Letters to Editor, 27 Feb 2014.  (NOT PUBLISHED)

“End of examinations not an achievement” Letter to Editor 2 Feb 2014. Published 4 Feb 2014.

“Dr Nur Bano Ali, Women  in Business Awards and Ministerial Salaries” Letter to Editor, 28 Janaury 2014. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Permanent Secretary (Finance), Ministerial salaries, and PSC”  Letter to Editor, 28 January 2014.

“An irrational education policy”. Letter to the Editor (Fiji Times, Fiji Sun) 24 January 2014.

The Electoral Commission and Rubber Stamps. Letter to the Editor, 22  January 2014.

Free and Fair Elections. Letter to the Editor, 22 January 2014. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Good governance, Fiji Airways Board, accountability and Auditor General” (sent 1 Jan 2014)

“The conflicts of interest in the TELS Board” (Fiji Sun, 1 January 2014)

Are civil servants leaving a “paper trail”.  Letter to Editors 18 December 2013 (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Commerce Commission, Vodaphone and Fiji Link Monopolistic exploitation” (published Fiji Times, 15 December 2013)

“Who gave permits for marine environmental destruction?” Letter to Editors (published 14 Dec 2013, Fiji Times.

“Who audits the Fiji Roads Authority” Letter to Editor, Fiji Sun, 13 December 2013. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“Gambling on Melbourne Cup and Mah Jong: what is legal and what illegal?” Fiji Sun, 3 Nov. 2013.

Where are the 2007 Census Analytical Reports”. Letter to the Editor, Fiji Sun, 31 Oct. 2013.

PWD and Road Transport Authority performances: who audits the RTA?” (sent 5 August 2013.  (NOT PUBLISHED)

“End of examinations not to be proud of”  (sent 5 August 2013. (NOT PUBLISHED)

“PS Finance as President of Fiji Rugby Union”.   (sent 21 May 2013.  (NOT PUBLISHED)

Letter to the Editor on ANZ gift to Cyclone Relief Fund. 9 Feb. 2013.





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