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PMC Seminar: Fiji’s General Election – the calm before the storm?

Original 1987 coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka, now leader of the main opposition party SODELPA. Image: Sri Krishnamurthi/PMC
Event date and time: 
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 16:30 - 18:00

Fiji is facing a General Election soon – the second post-coup election with the first in 2014 – and the date has been finally announced as November 14. Fiji-born digital media postgraduate student and journalist Sri Krishnamurthi was in Fiji to prepare a series of pre-election reports during the mid-semester break. This was his first time back in his homeland for three decades since he was forced to leave in the wake of the 1987 military coups. One of the highlights of his trip was interviewing SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka, the man who staged the first two coups and ushered in Fiji’s coup culture. The irony is that Fiji’s two major political parties, SODELPA and FijiFirst, are now both led by coup leaders.

Sri Krishnamurthi has wide experience as a journalist, including 17 years with the now defunct NZ Press Association news agency, and as a communications manager. Share his insights into the political mood in Fiji and how the youth of the country are responding. He will also discuss the International Journalism Project that he undertook in partnership with AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme.

Who:  Sri Krishamurthi
Postgraduate digital media student and journalist

When: Friday 23 November 2018, 4.30-6pm 

Where: WG906, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology
City Campus

Contact: Dr Sylvia Frain

Sri's Fiji portfolio: International Journalism Project

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The AUT city campus map.


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