SODELPA’S THREAT TO JOUR­NAL­ISTS

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On World Press Free­dom Day, Op­po­si­tion Leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa has is­sued a threat to jour­nal­ists that some will be taken to task if SODELPA forms Govern­ment in 2018. In a state­ment, Ro Tei­mumu said: “There are also jour­nal­ists among us, who are props of the dic­ta­tor­ship. “These men and women who rely on hate and ig­no­rance have no place in the me­dia and when SODELPA be­comes the Govern­ment in 2018, these per­sons will be taken to task for their lies and hate re­port­ing.” MIDA chair­man Ash­win Raj con­demned her com­ments say­ing: “It is a mat­ter of pro­found irony that the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion un­abashedly lam­poons val­ues of me­dia free­dom, safety of our jour­nal­ists in­clud­ing free­dom from tor­ture and in the same breath pro­ceeds to vil­ify those jour­nal­ists that she deems to be proBain­i­marama Govern­ment overtly threat­en­ing that ‘these per­sons will be taken to task’ should her po­lit­i­cal party form govern­ment in 2018.

“These in­crim­i­na­tory re­marks make a mock­ery of an Op­po­si­tion that has premised its ide­o­log­i­cal stance on me­dia free­dom squarely on a me­dia de­cree that it deems to be dra­co­nian.”

JY­OTI

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