Fiji vs NZ – Media blackouts

While I was in Fiji the foreign media, including NZ media were complaining about “censorship of media by the regime”.

It was a constant low grade whine for 3 days….the duration of the media blackout on reporting the election.

The refrain back in NZ by idiots like David Farrar and Barry Soper was the same. “Media need to be free to report”, “this is an outrageous restriction on media freedoms.”..all calls made by various media, and commentators like the idiot from Amnesty International.

Of course they all forgot that we have a media blackout in New Zealand too, it is just that ours is only one day.

Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.

This covers who they should or shouldn’t vote for and statements which might influence a person to abstain from voting.

Political parties and the media are included in this, meaning news outlets must not run stories which are likely to influence voters.

Political coverage can start again when voting closes at 7pm.

Which is exactly the same as the rules in play in Fiji…except for the duration…3 days vs 1 day.

For some reason 2 extra days is an assault against media freedoms and 1 day is fine by them.

This is just yet another example of the hypocrisy of reporting by media about Fiji…the bias shown in our media against a country for no other reason than they have decided that Fiji must be punished for daring to remove corrupt politicians and build a country independent of the controls of foreign aid from NZ and Australia.

The media, and the diplomats all think that things will resume the way they were with diplomatic relations with Fiji.

I’ve got news for them. It won’t.

Fijian’s feel hurt and angry at how Australia and New Zealand treated them.

Not at the citizens of NZ and Australia mind you, just the media and the politicians.

They have new friends now, after we turned our backs on them they decided to turn and face north instead of bowing subservient and obescient to the south.

Fiji has a new government, new hope and new friends.


– Fairfax

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