6 Jan 2015

Leaked emails suggest govt. interference in Fiji TV

2:42 pm on 6 January 2015

Emails released by the website Fijileaks suggest that Fiji's government was involved in a letter supposedly written by Fiji TV to World Rugby in a dispute about broadcasting rights for last year's Dubai Sevens.

Both the executive director of Fiji TV's owner, Fiji Holdings Limited, Nouzab Fareed, and the attorney general have denied government involvement.

In a letter to World Rugby in December, Fiji TV said it wholly supported a government decree that required it to share its exlusive rights for World Rugby events with other broadcasters, saying it was a matter between Suva and Fiji TV.

The sacked content manager of Fiji TV, Tanya Waqanika, later said she was in a meeting where the letter was handed over by the Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, for Fiji TV executives to sign.

This allegation was denied by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum in Parliament, and Mr Fareed.

But leaked emails purportedly from Mr Fareed suggest he spoke on the phone with Mr Sayed-Khaiyum about the letter on on at least two occasions, and was told to have it signed by Mr Gonelevu and the chair of Fiji Holdings Limited.

One of the emails says that if the letter could not be signed, then Mr Sayed-Khaiyum wanted the directors to resign that same day.