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FIJI: Regime warns 'rumour mongers' after media speculation

Friday, September 3, 2010

Item: 7017

SUVA: Anyone caught spreading rumours that could destabilise the country will be prosecuted, says the permanent secretary to the Fiji Prime Minister’s Office Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, public broadcaster Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

He made the comments today, dismissing widespread speculation of a split in government and the dismissal of the Attorney-General.

“Recent speculations have suggested that the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General have both been dismissed. Let me state this is absolutely not true. There have also been rumours that there is a split between the government and the military. Let me categorically state, on behalf of the office of the Prime Minister, that these rumours are not true.”

Tikoduadua says people needed to put these malicious rumors to rest and focus on moving the country forward without such distractions.

He says in the last few weeks, there have been widespread rumors intended to undermine the government, destabilise the economy and create fear and uncertainty in the people.

Tikoduadua says there is no split between the government and the military and the government remains resolved in taking Fiji forward. - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch

* PMW note: Two months ago the military backed government imposed a tough Media Industry Development Decree with harsh sanctions facing media that breach the regulations.


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