23 Nov 2004

Fiji Labour MP says government is planning a new Fijian language newspaper

11:17 am on 23 November 2004

The Fiji Labour Party has attacked the government's intention to sell its 44% share in the Daily Post and start a Fijian language newspaper.

Labour MP Poseci Bune has told parliament that this was revealed by the information minister, Simione Kaitani, to an Australian media outlet in September.

Mr Bune said Mr Kaitani had said this was to enable indigenous companies to take over the Post.

Mr Bune said the prime minister Laisenia Qarase's cousin Mesake Koroi, a former editor of the Daily Post, was roaming the newspaper's premises with an overseas partner.

He said Mr Kaitani had also revealed plans to recruit more indigenous Fijians in its newsroom.

Mr Bune said this was the extent of racism in the SDL government and hoped the Fiji Media Council would see to it that this never happens.

In an editorial today, the rival Fiji SUN newspaper says the government has not had a dream run at the Post, thanks to the determined independence of its journalists and editors