RE­MARKS ARE NOT SEX­IST

PM says state­ment noth­ing com­pared to Prasad’s ‘skirt jour­nal­ism’ at­tack on Jy­oti Prat­i­bha last year

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama says his com­ments on SODELPA MP Salote Radro­dro are not sex­ist. He was re­spond­ing last night to Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party leader, Bi­man Prasad, who ac­cused the PM of mak­ing “sex­ist com­ments” in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. Mr Bain­i­marama said ear­lier that Mrs Radro­dro should spend more time to think of what she said in Par­lia­ment than dress­ing for the cam­era if she wanted to make a good par­lia­men­tar­ian. He said he was dis­ap­pointed with the state­ment made by Mrs Radro­dro on a num­ber of is­sues. But Mr Bain­i­marama said he did not see any­thing wrong with his state­ment com­pared to Mr Prasad’s “skirt jour­nal­ism” at­tack on Fiji Sun’s manag­ing ed­i­tor news, Jy­oti Prat­i­bha, last year. Mr Prasad had said then that skirt jour­nal­ism was given a new mean­ing via Ms Prat­i­bha’s edi­to­rial com­ment. He im­plied that Ms Prat­i­bha was linked to skirt jour­nal­ism. The term, skirt jour­nal­ism in Fiji is com­monly un­der­stood to be sex­ual li­ai­son be­tween fe­male jour­nal­ists and male new source. At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum has sev­eral times in Par­lia­ment called out Mr Prasad on his dra­matic tac­tics and also said that Mr Prasad was putting up a show for the cam­eras and was cam­era ready. This was in no way sex­ist. Mr Prasad had called for a point of or­der, while the PM was speak­ing. How­ever, Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Dr Jiko Lu­veni, said the point could not be ac­cepted be­cause Mrs Radro­dro was not in the House to sup­port it. Mean­while, Mrs Radro­dro said out­side Par­lia­ment that she would lodge a com­plaint against the PM to the Speaker. Mr Bain­i­marama said the Op­po­si­tion had no re­spect for Par­lia­ment.

He said the is­sue of favouritism that Mrs Radro­dro talked about was not present in Fiji. Mr Bain­i­marama said a se­ri­ous leg­is­la­tor would look in their facts be­fore mak­ing any state­ment against the ju­di­ciary. “The in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary is ev­i­dent ev­ery day,” he said. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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