21 Jan 2015

Sacked FijiTV executive complains about AG interference

4:46 pm on 21 January 2015

The sacked Fiji TV executives have presented a 74-page complaint to the Prime Minister's Office about the Attorney General and Minister of Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Fiji Minister Responsible for Elections Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Fiji's Attorney General and Minister of Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Photo: RNZI Philippa Tolley

Tevita Gonelevu and Tanya Waqanika were fired after the broadcasting furore which saw Fiji TV eventually sublease rugby rights to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation despite earlier securing sole rights from the sport's governing body.

The complaint includes an image of a text allegedly from Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that was forwarded to Fiji TV executives by board member Nouzab Fareed.

Ms Waqanika says the text supports allegations of government interference.

"That the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General, interfered with a public listed company which contradicts his media statements, his parliamentary statements that there was no interference by him. So he lied. He blatantly, repeatedly lied."

The complaint has also been sent to the opposition and other community leaders.

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