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ABC Radio Towers in Fiji Shut Down

April 15, 2009

The ABC was one of the few media entities still broadcasting in Fiji under the Radio Australian banner on FM mode until just recently when soldiers escot technicians from the local Radio Fiji Station to the radio towers situated in Suva and Nadi and directed them to switch it off.

However all is not lost as Fiji listeners can still tune into broadcast on shortwave frequency direct from Melbourne. While the quality may not be as clear as FM and is not 24 hrs at least the people will be hearing independent radio news of all the bad things the illegal government of Bainimarama is doing.

Today Bainimarama released a statement saying freedom of speech is trouble. He said freedom of speech causes trouble and is to blame for the country’s political turmoil. What a total knob. I wonder what type of reform and democractic model he is trying to put together. Will it have freedom of speech?

Radio Australia is now working with Fijian Community Members to translate and broadcast news from Fiji in Fijian on these shortwave for the benefit of Fijian listeners.

Anyway, yu can download frequency and time from this link http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pdf/frequency_guide.pdf

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Keep The Faith permalink
    April 15, 2009 4:18 AM

    OMG I am killing myself at this circus and the height of amateurishness.

    So what’s next Frank? You gonna shut phones off? Stop folks from talking to each other?? Sa ca sara ga na ulu ike.

    If he shuts down the i-net they will be more crippled than we — ditto for phones. It means they are essentially fumbling in the dark because they don’t know what’s going to happen next in reaction.

    At least with the blogs they get a CLUE!

  2. Mark Manning permalink
    April 15, 2009 4:51 AM

    Boom titi boom titi boom , boom boom boom .

  3. Ropate permalink
    April 15, 2009 5:45 AM

    If as Frank says freedom of speech is trouble and the cause of the current political turmoil, then I wonder whether he will amend he and John Sami’s Charter to remove those bits about freedom of speech

  4. April 15, 2009 5:54 AM

    I think NZ or Australia should bring in a radio ship and broadcast from just outside the 12 mile limit.
    I can imagine Voreqe’s Navy rust buckets trying to go out and chase them away. Probably there are no spare parts for the Navy ships and their engines are kaput.

  5. Mark Manning permalink
    April 15, 2009 6:17 AM

    I think Franks’s outburst about freedom of speech causing too much trouble is symbolic of his struggle against reality :-

  6. April 15, 2009 9:36 AM

    If you can get your hands on a Short Wave Radio, you should still be able to pick up Radio Australia, BBC World Service, and many other international radio broadcasts.
    Best times are sunrise and sunset, although you can still pick up weak signals during daylight and night hours, you may have to adjust the dial from time to time as the shortwaves do move around a bit.
    And, best of all, the military cannot shut down short waves any easier than they can change the shape of the earth.
    God bless Fiji.

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