31 Jul 2017

Committee chair defends criticism of media's finance reporting

From , 5:02 am on 31 July 2017

The chair of a parliamentary committee in Fiji is defending his criticism of the media's reporting of recently-released audit reports.

Earlier this month, the annual report of the auditor general was released, which identified areas of misspending, unaccounted funds and a lack of transparency.

Local media - most notably The Fiji Times - published the auditor general's findings -- which includes US$15 million unaccounted from the National Fire Authority, and a container of medicine that sat on a wharf for 253 days.

But the chair of parliament's public accounts committee, Ashneel Sudhakar, hit out at the reporting of the auditor general's report, suggesting it undermines his committee's work.

He justified his criticism to Jamie Tahana.

The Fiji Times headquarters on Victoria Parade, Suva

The Fiji Times headquarters on Victoria Parade, Suva Photo: RNZI/Sally Round