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AUDIO: Qorvis spin for Fiji regime reaches NZ media

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Item: 7845

WELLINGTON (RNZ Mediawatch / Pacific Media Watch): Emotional coverage of a law and order campaign; the Fiji regime's hired help; anguish over Wellington's 'spy car'; The Muppets trump welfare reform on TV; the backlash from taking the mickey out of Te Kuiti; rugby's literally got problems feature in this week's Mediawatch programme on Radio New Zealand National.

The item about the Fiji regime's corporate public relations spin focuses on the US-based company Qorvis Communications.

Reporter Jeremy Rose highlights the Qorvis role in getting an opinion article by the regime's Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, published in the Dominion Post in response to an editorial and the PR company's role in brushing up the unpopular image of authoritarian governments.

It also refers to a Huffington Post article by Anna Lenzer about the Qorvis strategy for Fiji.

Qorvis Communications

Opinion: Fijians control own destiny under Bainimarama - Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Editorial: Commodore's foot stil on Fiji's throat - Dominion Post

PR team hired to improve Fiji's image

Time: 35′27″

Listen to Mediawatch - 4 March 2012

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