27 Aug 2002

Fiji Times and Fiji TV accused as agents of evil

10:22 am on 27 August 2002

A Fiji government senator has described the Fiji Times newspaper and Fiji One television as agents of evil.

Senator Tomasi Kanailagi, the former president of the Methodist Church, has told the Upper House the two media organisations are agents of some powerful foreign agencies, agents of evil, planning against Christianity and the indigenous people of the country.

He says the country has been poisoned by false accusations by the two media companies against Christianity, especially the Methodist church.

Senator Kanailagi says it was an unforgivable lie that the church's accounts had never been audited.

He says the aim of the Fiji Times and Fiji Television is to see the church destroyed.

Senator Kanailagi says whenever they want anything against the church they go to a minister who was sacked and another who never completed his term as president because of his bad and poor leadership.

The Reverend Kanailagi was referring to the director of the Citizens Constitutional Forum, the Reverend Aquila Yabaki, whom the Reverend Kanailagi sacked last year, and to the Reverend Josetaki Koroi, who was deposed in a church coup soon after the military coups of 1987.

In an editorial today, the Fiji Times says it never has and never will make any accusations against Christianity or any other religion.

The newspaper says coverage of a public debate on the Methodist Church's means of collecting money is not an attack on Christianity.