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FIJI: Commentator backs Fiji regime's role in 'coup culture' change


Fiji commentator Thakur Ranjit Singh ... critical of past media role in Fiji. Image: PMC

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Item: 8146

MELBOURNE (Radio Australia / Pacific Media Watch): An outspoken Indo-Fijian commentator and former media publisher has given his support to the interim regime's efforts to change the country's 'coup culture'.

Thakur Ranjit Singh is a former Fiji Daily Post publisher and an Indo-Fijian political commentator, who now lives in New Zealand.

Since 2006 Singh's comments that Fiji's media is part of the reason the country kept having coups, and his support of the interim government, has seen him repeatedly attacked by those who oppose it, and led to him being described as a coup apologist.

Recently he published an article that looks at the island nation's coup culture since 1987 and the impact of the media there, and it is likely it will result him becoming a target once more.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Thakur Ranjit Singh, Fiji media commentator

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