Getting some facts straight on Fiji

I have written an opinion piece for Truth about Fiji, after David Farrar linked and repeated a couple of stories in the major media by Michael Field.

David Farrar recently wrote a post on his Kiwiblog and linked to a story by Michael Field about the alleged burning of the new constitution by Fiji Police, then he linked to another story, again by Michael Field about a troublesome priest being asked to leave Fiji.

Michael Field is banned from traveling to Fiji. It is likely that he sourced both of his stories from the anti-government blog Coup 4.5, who are almost all exclusively Auckland based. 

What is particularly galling is that the major media and gullible bloggers simply repeat what Michael Field and the anonymous bloggers at Coup 4.5 have to say. They invariably do not read more widely and find out the exact details of what precisely happened and when in Fiji.

With regards to the alleged burning of the new constitution you can’t really go past getting the true story from Graham Davis and some additional facts about the Ghai document. Compare and contrast the reporting from Michael Field and wonder how he manages to keep his job.

You can read the whole article at Truth.


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  • Grasshopper68

    I wouldn’t read anything that Michael Field has written and believe it.

  • ConwayCaptain

    When are you going to start a main stream decent paper with real in depth reporting???

  • LesleyNZ

    And suggest you read Croz Walsh’s blog today – where a letter is published written by Father Barr. Never trust any journalist – especially if surname is “Field”. Wonder who Father Barr’s “Judas” friend was? Reckon at least two will be off Father Barr’s Christmas card list.
    A Clarification and Further Apology from Fr Barr –!/2013/01/a-clarification-and-further-apology.html
    Dear Croz,
    Greetings from Fiji!
    Sorry I have not been in touch recently but I have been busy and did not have access to my internet. Our system has had some problems.
    You are obviously aware of the events of the past few days and the misunderstandings and misinterpretations that seem to have arisen. You might like to publish this statement on your blogsite.
    My comment on the flag was not intended to be disrespectful to Fiji, government or the PM. As reported, the rumour intended to be a humourous dig at the growing Chinese influence in Fiji about which I had previously expressed some concern to the PM. Some, including the PM, seem to have taken the letter as an insult and I again apologise if they have seen it as such. It was not my intention.
    Also, unfortunately, my confidential letter to the Archbishop and a few close friends got into the hands of some anti-government bloggers who publicised it widely and made me appear to be anti-government.
    Again some misrepresented my talk on Social Justice at the recent FTUC Conference as being involvement in the founding of a new political party. While I do support worker’s unions, I had nothing to do with the founding of a new party. My views on the Church and politics can be found in my various articles – most recently in my recent booklet on “Social Justice in the Judeo-Christian Tradition” chapter 6.
    Also I did not “seek asylum” at the Australian High Commission (as some have stated). I simply went and informed the High Commission of my situation and the misunderstandings which seem to have arisen.
    As you know, for the last few years I have supported many of the good things government has been doing. However I have also offered my criticisms directly to the PM and I trust these have been helpful and positive.
    I am grateful that the decision for me to leave Fiji has been revoked by the PM. I see Fiji as my home and I am committed to all the people I love and serve here. I continue to hope that a positive way forward for Fiji will be found and the vision originally proposed by the PM will become a reality.
    You are welcome to publish the above as a clarification to the misinterpretations which seem to have emerged.
    Keep well and every blessing.
    Kevin Barr.

    • Captain Crab

      Um, if its his home and he is committed then why hasn’t he become a citizen? 32 years ffs

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    An excellent piece, Whale.

  • ts_3000

    This interview does provide some background information on some of the reasons, why Michael Field is tolerated in the media and Government circles.

    In addition, the said interviews prefaces the dynamics of the echo chamber existing between the blogs like Coup 4.5 and mainstream media in Australia and New Zealand.