Ed­i­tor’s Note:

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There has been much dis­cus­sion in Fiji re­cently about me­dia free­dom, le­gal con­straints and pro­posed new leg­is­la­tion, and how me­dia free­dom can be curbed in other and more sub­tle ways through us­ing in­flu­ence to block ad­ver­tis­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion and var­i­ous forms of intimidation. There are also per­cep­tions of how the me­dia is used to pro­mote and prop­a­gate a par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal view­point or group, and to ig­nore oth­ers. This ar­ti­cle is about the me­dia as well as the main pro­tag­o­nists of the book it de­scribes, and the bat­tle of a writer to ex­pose the com­plex­i­ties and mis­un­der­stand­ings of the case of Ju­lian Moti. She gives no quar­ter to most me­dia, nor to the Aus­tralian Govern­ment. The story teller gives as much in­for­ma­tion as she can, us­ing as many sources as she can ac­cess, so we read­ers can at least gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion to make our own de­lib­er­a­tions. Whether you agree with her or not, that is what me­dia free­dom should be about.. We also ap­proached the Aus­tralian Govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Fiji for their re­sponse be­fore we went to press but they de­clined say­ing “no com­ment”

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